Past Grants

Applications for SIRCA III's Phase II programme are now open. This call seeks research proposals to empirically test these theoretical frameworks in developing countries. Up to six grants for empirical projects will be awarded for research that responds to one of SIRCA III’s open development theoretical frameworks.

Applications closes on 20 March 2016.

Applications for ISIF Asia’s 2016 grants are now open, with the largest ever pool of AUD 386,000 available, across four grant programs to support projects using the Internet for social and economic development in the Asia Pacific.

APNIC Internet Operations Research Grants
Amount: 90,000 AUD

Internet Society Cybersecurity Grant
Amount: 56,000 AUD 

Community Impact Grants​
Amount: 120,000 AUD

Technical Innovation Grants
Amount: 120,000 AUD

Applications are open from today until 31 May 2016.

Innovation for Good

Centre for Work, Technology and Social Change in collaboration with SASNET at Lund University will award 100,000 INR to one enterprise or individual from India for their work in social innovation in a digital context. The award will recognise innovators who have created platforms that bring together technology media and human rights. In eligibility:
  • Your venture can be for or not for profit
  • It should be under operation for at least 6 months
  • Should have strong connect to social innovation and media
Send in your entries to with an essay of up to 1 000 words on how your venture fits in the idea of social innovation in a digital context, the human rights aspect that it is targeting and the expected outcome. Deadline: November 10, 2015
  • If you are applying as a team, send a 100 word profile of your key members.
  • If you are applying as an individual, send in your resume along with your proposal.
PEER is an international grants program that funds scientists and engineers in developing countries who partner with U.S. government-funded researchers to address global development challenges. PEER partnerships leverage major investments made by U.S. government science agencies in research to improve development outcomes in USAIDpresence countries. PEER not only catalyzes collaborative research and elevates the use of science and technology to further USAID’s development objectives, but also establishes long-lasting research relationships that build scientific research capacity, strengthen the research ecosystem in developing countries, and enable collaborators to become better partners in development. Since PEER’s launch in 2011, it has supported more than 160 projects in over 40 countries with an investment of about $28 million.
Deadline: November 12, 2015

NSF and selected foreign counterpart science and technology agencies sponsor international research institutes for U.S. graduate students in seven East Asia and Pacific locations at times set by the counterpart agencies between June and August each year. The Summer Institutes (EAPSI) operate similarly and the research visits to a particular location take place at the same time. Although applicants apply individually to participate in a Summer Institute, awardees become part of the cohort for each location. Applicants must propose a location, host scientist, and research project that is appropriate for the host site and duration of the international visit. 

Making all voices count research grants

Call for Research Proposals:
This call for research proposals is designed to contribute to building a unique base of evidence on what works in using technology for citizen voice, transparency and accountability, and on how and why it works. We are particularly interested in research focusing on the research themes identified below. We invite research proposals of a cost up to £75,000 for research projects of a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 18 months. We would encourage applicants to budget for what is required rather than applying for the maximum.
Making All Voices Count is planning to fund up to eight research grants through this call for research proposals. However, we reserve the right to award fewer if we do not receive sufficient applications that meet the standard required.
We are particularly interested in the following kinds of research and methodological approaches:
Conceptual or theoretical work that constitutes qualitative or quantitative advances in the state of knowledge of the field.
Case studies (single or multiple) based on researcher-practitioner action research partnerships.
Applied research on single or multiple case studies of practice (real-time or retrospective), led by researchers with access to practice situations.
Experimental research testing propositions and hypotheses

4 Postdoctoral Fellow positions
4 Academic Fellow positions
4 Government Fellow positions

Grant Amount: GBP $30,000 - $60,000
The South Asia Research Hub (SARH) of DFID has launched a systematic review programme with following objectives:
  • Providing a robust assessment o​f the available evidence for development programming and policymaking in South Asia;
  • Strengthening capacity of South Asian organisations to conduct systematic reviews.
Based on the above objectives, the programme seeks to commission several research products, comprising of systematic reviews and evidence summaries, in themes relevant to the development priorities of South Asia.
Systematic reviews will be commissioned from organisations having prior experience in conducting such reviews (to be called competitive systematic reviews) as well as from other teams having basic technical skills but requiring additional support to conduct systematic reviews (to be called systematic reviews through capacity building; teams conducting these to be called trainee review teams). Evidence summaries (of existing systematic reviews) can be prepared both by organisations having prior experience in conducting systematic reviews or by teams with limited exposure to systematic reviews. Selection of organisations will be done separately for each study through open bidding.​​​


Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF ASIA)

Grant Amount: $30,000


Ensure availability of

  • Internet infrastructure and services that are affordable and efficient
  • Innovative Internet applications
  • Successful and sustainable models for the provision of Internet services
  • Business environments which can become commercially competitive and sustainable


  • Innovation on access provision: Access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is a prevalent issue in the Asia Pacific region
  • Innovation on learning and localization: Capacity building and localization efforts have been key to develop the skills needed to design, maintain, and manage ICT infrastructure and services in local languages,
  • Code for the common good: High mobile penetration in the AP region has been a catalyst in the development of mobile-based services, applications and software solutions.
  • Rights: Strategic use of Internet tools and services to promote freedom of expression, freedom of association, privacy, security, consumers’ rights, gender equality, new forms of intellectual property in the digital environment


  • Project proposals should provide clear and concrete information about the proposed initiative so the evaluation committee can properly assess it.
  • Innovation and a development focus should be an integral part of all project proposals received during the application process.

Deadline: October 31, 2014

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations

Grant Amount: $100,000 (renewable for $1m)

Objective: To foster scientific and technological innovation to solve key health problems in the developing world


  • Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control
  • New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
  • New Ways to Reduce Pneumonia Fatalities Through Timely, Effective Treatment of Children
  • Enable Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments
  • Explore New Ways to Measure Brain Development and Gestational Age
  • New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions


  • Topic Responsiveness: Does the proposal address the problems described in the topic?
  • Innovative Approach: Does the idea offer an unconventional or creative approach to the problem outlined in the topic?

Deadline: November 12, 2014

Category 1: Innovative, Sustainable and inclusive Bioeconomy

Horizon 2020 Grant CallsUnlocking the growth potential of rural areas through enhanced governance and social innovation

Grant Amount: EUR 6M

Although social innovation is considered as an enabler for a transition towards sustainable agriculture and rural development, there is limited empirical evidence of the extent and outcomes of social innovations and on the supporting conditions. Little is known as to how to support social innovation, in particular in marginalised rural areas where the social structure is most fragile.


  • Undertake a thorough analysis of social innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural development
  • Establish appropriate methods for the evaluation of social innovation
  • Address the role of different policy instruments, other relevant incentives and diverse entities (public/private, local/non local, active citizens, etc.) as catalysts/constraints to social innovation
  • Explain why regions with similar initial conditions display diverging path
  • clarify the different dimensions of social innovation and its dynamics in agriculture, forestry and rural development

Expected Impact:

  • Identify pathways to unfold the territorial capital of rural regions and thus shape sustainable development trajectories in different types of rural areas
  • Support more sustainable agri-food and forestry systems and rural development, thus contributing in the medium term to smart, inclusive and sustainable growth in rural areas
  • Improve territorial governance and pave the way for an integrated approach to rural development (i.e. ensuring effective mechanisms to coordinate different policies and establish appropriate linkages with other areas).
  • Deliver analyses of different innovative governance mechanisms with respect to social innovation in different contexts
  • Allow policy makers and the local communities to improve the formulation and delivery of relevant policies as well as to shape such programmes that explicitly foster the creation of sustainable social innovations.

Deadline: February 3, 2015

Closing the research and innovation divide: the crucial role of innovation support services and knowledge exchange

Grant Amount: EUR 2M

Cooperation between research and extension services or farmers and other actors in the supply chain is crucial for innovation-driven research and should be promoted. Therefore, mechanisms and networks, which stimulate this interaction and knowledge exchange, should be developed in view of optimising resource use and enhancing the transition to innovation-driven research.


  • Involve actors from science and agricultural practice and facilitate the exchange on existing knowledge on innovative approaches in agriculture, the supply chain, and rural areas
  • Help to put existing research into practice and capture creative ideas from the grassroots-level
  • Methods for generation of innovation-driven research should be promoted

Expected Impact:

  • Improved flow of information and knowledge between academia and practitioners in particular on agricultural and forestry practices and innovations
  • Increased exchanges between European regions on innovative matters; new funding formats enhancing innovation-driven research; more efficient methods for innovation support services
  • Successful deployment of the vast reservoir of existing scientific and practical knowledge
  • Focused collection of innovative knowledge on specific themes, a greater user acceptance and intense dissemination of solutions for a more competitive and sustainable agriculture and forestry to farmers and other actors in the agricultural innovation chain
  • Thematic networks delivering accessible and long-term available end-user material on the themes which should also generate a better targeted and shared research agenda for innovation-driven research and multi-actor projects
  • Improved skills and education material on innovation approaches and on specific thematic areas

Deadline: June 11, 2015

Coordination action in support of the implementation by participating States of a Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) on ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’

Grant Amount: EUR 2M

The vision is that in 2030 all Europeans will have the motivation, ability and opportunity to consume a healthy diet from a variety of foods, have healthy levels of physical activity, and the incidence of diet-related diseases will have decreased significantly.


  • Current efforts should be assessed to provide information on Member State implication and to favour the alignment of these activities to the JPI's Strategic Research Agenda
  • Should support in harmonization, integration, and alignment of national research programming, to enable evidence-based policy making and effective cross-policy actions, investigate novel forms of implementation of SRA such as collaborations with e.g. other JPIs or research infrastructures
  • Further strengthen the international dimension of the JPI to be addressed by ensuring coherence with other relevant international initiatives.
  • Encouraged to consider cooperation with related programmes from third countries

Expected Impact:

  • Contributing to research and innovation with European added value in the area of nutrition and prevention of life-style diseases coherent with the major Societal Challenges 1 and 2 under Horizon 2020
  • Supporting the JPI in their interaction with global partners to address common challenges in the area of nutrition and health
  • Strengthening and improving international research, cross-border collaboration and the circulation of knowledge and researchers
  • Developing knowledge and evidence-based support to key EU policy priorities

Deadline: June 11, 2015

Category 2: Personalising health and care

Self-management of health and disease and patient empowerment supported by ICT

Grant Amount: EUR 3-5M

Empowering citizens and patients to manage their own health and disease can result in more cost-effective healthcare systems by enabling the management of chronic diseases outside institutions, improving health outcomes, and by encouraging healthy citizens to remain so. This requires research into socio-economic and environmental factors and cultural values, behavioural and social models, attitudes and aspirations in relation to personalised health technologies, mobile and/or portable and other new tools.


  • Solutions should be developed and tested with the use of open innovation platforms such as large scale demonstrators for health and service innovation
  • Involve health procurers and support them in their efforts to lower costs, and reduce difficulties associated with limited numbers of health professionals by utilising the capacity and potential of the patient as a co-producer of health
  • Should use pre-commercial procurement to maximise the engagement of innovation in healthcare organisations
  • Aim to empower patients to manage their pre-existing conditions

Expected Impact:

  • Improving the participation of the patient in the care process
  • Improving the management of a disease by reducing the number of severe episodes and complications
  • Increasing the level of education and adherence of individuals, patients and care givers related to application of ICT for personalised care
  • Improved interaction between patients, their relatives, providers of health-, social-, and informal care givers
  • Strengthened evidence base on health outcomes, quality of life, care efficiency gains and economic benefits from the use of ICT in new care models
  • Reinforced medical knowledge with respect to efficient management of comorbidities
  • Increased confidence in decision support systems for disease/patient management
  • Involvement of health care providers/authorities with increased commitment in the deployment of innovative services empowering the patient

Deadline: April 21, 2015

Advancing active and healthy ageing with ICT: Early risk detection and intervention

Grant Amount: EUR 3-4M

Citizens in an ageing European population are at greater risk of cognitive impairment, frailty and social exclusion with considerable negative consequences for their quality of life, that of those who care for them, and for the sustainability of health and care systems. The earlier detection of risks associated with ageing, using ICT approaches, can enable earlier intervention to ameliorate their negative consequences.


  • Focus on early risk detection and intervention: specifically ICT based solutions which support active and healthy ageing by enabling early detection and minimisation of risks associated with ageing
  • Demonstrate the link between changes in behaviour and subsequent negative consequences of ageing by unobtrusive behavioural sensing, and large scale collection of data readily available in the daily living environment of older individuals
  • Design ICT based interventions countering identified risks, as well as innovative treatments and therapies based on early detection
  • Build on multi-disciplinary research involving behavioural, sociological, health and other relevant disciplines

Expected Impact:

  • Evidence for the benefits of risk detection and intervention, based on proof of concept and involvement of relevant stakeholders
  • Clear improvements of outcomes for individuals, care systems and wider society from new therapies and interventions based on early risk detection in comparison with current practices
  • Global leadership in ICT based innovation for active and healthy ageing

Deadline: April 21, 2015

Advanced ICT systems and services for integrated care

Grant Amount: EUR 3-5M

Research on new models of care organisation demonstrates that advanced ICT systems and services may have the potential to respond to, amongst others, the increasing burden of chronic disease and the complexity of co-morbidities and in doing so contribute to the sustainability of health and care systems. One challenge in re-designing health and care systems is to develop integrated care models that are more closely oriented to the needs of patients and older persons.


  • Development of robust, privacy compliant, accurate and cost-effective systems that facilitate monitoring of patient status, patient activity and compliance with therapy
  • Fusion, analysis and interpretation of patient and care provider data, to improve decision making among formal and informal care givers and patients
  • Multi-channel and multi-actor interaction and exchange of knowledge in integrated care settings, across digital collaborative platforms
  • Development of patient-oriented services to support patient empowerment, self-care, adherence to care plans and treatment at the point of need
  • Development of new patient pathways, new training programmes for the care workforce and new organisational models to improve the coordination of care services as well as the skills and collaboration of health professionals, social carers and informal care givers
  • Personalisation of care management programmes to specific characteristics of patients' profiles, through analysis of multimodal data, risk stratification algorithms for chronic diseases and multi-morbidity conditions, predictive algorithms of patient's status

Expected Impact:

  • Reduced admissions and days spent in care institutions, and improvements in the daily activities and quality of life of older persons through effective use of ICT and better coordination of care processes
  • Strengthened evidence base on health outcomes, quality of life and care efficiency gains from the use of ICT in integrated care
  • Improved cooperation and secure information exchange among the actors involved in health, social and informal care services
  • Improved interaction between patients and their carers, and more active participation of patients and their relatives or other informal care givers in care processes
  • Improved usability and adaptability of ICT systems for integrated care, taking account of the complex relationship between digital technologies and their social and human context of application

Deadline: April 21, 2015

Category 3: Enhancing SME innovation capacity by providing better innovation support

Professionalization of open innovation management in SMEs

Grant Amount: EUR 1.7M

Current research on open innovation has not taken into account the extent and creativity of SMEs in designing and implementing open innovation strategies. The lessons learned from open innovation come from large firms and are not readily transferable to the context of SMEs. An urgent need exists, therefore, to study how collaboration and/or open innovation is managed and organised in SMEs.


  • Collection and analysis of information and data on the application of open innovation in SMEs, taking into account different situations in Member States and in specific market segments.
  • Identification of case-study examples and analysis of how these practices are organised and managed both in high-tech and low-tech industries.
  • EU-wide diffusion of success stories of SMEs using open innovation
  • Development of practical management tools to support and explain the identified case studies. The management modules should focus on (1) Strategy dimension, (2) Entrepreneurship skills, (3) Resource needs, (4) Tools to build trust and control and manage risk in a collaborative partnership
  • Development and testing of open innovation indicators to support management support tools within an SME

Expected Impact:

  • Increased collaboration of SMEs with external partners to innovate successfully
  • Open innovation will allow SMEs to sidestep the commoditisation pressure and price competition successfully by developing new and more profitable businesses through networking among innovation partners
  • Professional open innovation management by SMEs
  • Creation of an online platform to disseminate best practice examples in the business community and complementing the cases with training modules highlighting specific open innovation aspects

Deadline: April 29, 2015

Category 4: Capitalising the full potential of on-line collaboration

Capitalising the full potential of online collaboration for SME innovation

Grant Amount: EUR $​1M

Identifying suitable partners for innovation activities is recognised as a major barrier to SME innovation. So far staff in innovation agencies has hardly skills to assist their clients to establish collaborations on web platforms and no profile of skills has been defined. Commercial offers by crowdsourcing platforms remain effectively unaffordable for SMEs or face difficulties to scale up their offers and reach a critical mass of the community.


  • Develop and test new service designs for ‘assistance to online collaboration for innovation’ for SMEs in diverse sectors
  • Make such new services accessible for enterprises in sectors that are typically not yet benefitting from innovation support
  • Develop and test a qualification profile, curriculum and training courses for staff currently providing brokerage services in established networks or SME agencies

Expected Impact:

  • New services assisting online collaboration for innovation help SMEs to access a broader range of potential innovation partners and mobilise them in a timely manner for concrete projects
  • The qualification profile and training material are made available to SME innovation support agencies interested in enhancing the skills of their staff
  • The efficiency of innovation support service provision - for example but not limited to the services of Enterprise Europe Network – is enhanced
  • Resources in public innovation support are reoriented from information and brokerage functions – which can to a large extend be automated – to higher value added functions like the identification of opportunities and the animation of project development

Deadline: March 3, 2015​​​​​