USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Call for Proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants

Deadline: 1 May 2016

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.

The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production.

CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.

Funding Information: NRCS anticipates the amount available for support of the program in FY 2016 will be up to$150,000.

Project Priorities

Projects or activities under CIG must comply with all Federal, State, and local regulations throughout the duration of the project and:

  • Make use of proven technology or a technology that has been studied sufficiently to indicate a high probability for success;
  • Demonstrate, evaluate, or verify environmental (soil, water, air, plants, energy and animal) effectiveness, utility, affordability, and usability of conservation technology in the field;
  • Adapt conservation technologies, management, practices, systems, procedures, approaches, and incentive systems to improve performance, and encourage adoption,
  • Introduce conservation systems, approaches, and procedures from another geographic area or agricultural sector; or
  • Demonstrate transferability of knowledge.

Eligibility Criteria

CIG applicants must be a federally recognized Indian Tribe, State or local unit of government, non-governmental organization, or an individual.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must submit their proposals either electronically or by post at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Conservation Innovation Grant.

Applications Open for 2016 Innovation Competition by MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity

Deadline: 28 March 2016

Applications are open for the 2016 Innovation Competition by Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity.

The competition aims to transform lives of people by supporting Financial Innovation.

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity is a US$50 million challenge fund to extend financial services to people living in poverty.

Is your idea innovative?

  • The ideas will be judged on the basis of following questions:
  • What is the potential for the proposed idea to change access to financial services in rural Africa?
  • In what way is the proposed idea new? Is it new to the financial services sector, new to the country, new to the continent? Perhaps it is even a first in the world?
  • To what extent does the proposed project reach financially underserved markets?

Eligible Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity will only support ideas from institutions looking to deliver a financial service, product or process to rural poor people in an eligible African country mentioned above.
  • Projects may be proposed by a single institution or by a partnership of two or more of them (which could include a non-governmental organization); however, the proposal must be made by one company acting as the lead organization.
  • Firms that apply should have an established and verifiable institutional track record.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can register for the competition via given website.

For more information, please visit 2016 Innovation Competition.



ResilientAfrica Network: Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Conflict

Deadline: 11 April 2016

ResilientAfrica Network’s (RAN) Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (EA RI Lab) at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda is inviting applicants for its Resilience Innovation Challenge 4 Conflict (RIC4CONF) with a focus on sourcing, developing, and scaling of transformative technologies and approaches that will strengthen resilience to shocks and stresses that arise from chronic conflict and its effects.

RAN is looking to catalyse and incentivize the development of solutions that will impact agricultural production and markets, enhance skill building in education curriculum, as well as livelihood diversification and financial inclusion


  • To design and operationalize a scientific, data-driven, and evidence-based resilience framework for sub-Saharan Africa;
  • To strengthen resilience at the individual, household and community levels through innovations;
  • To enhance resilience-related knowledge generation and sharing.

Priority Intervention

  • Harnessing curriculum development towards skills development and entrepreneurship
  • Financial inclusion for wealth creation
  • Creating an inclusive environment for every citizen

Grants Information

  • Phase 1– Ranging between US$15,000 to US$40,000
  • Phase 2– Range between US$50,000 to US$100,000
  • Phase 3– Range between US$100,000 and US$ 200,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Teams of university students, university faculty and student-faculty collaborations from established universities worldwide are eligible to apply.
  • Organizations are also eligible to apply. Potential applicant organizations may include foundations, NGOs, faith-based organizations, private businesses, business and trade associations, colleges and universities, community based organizations and civic groups.
  • All applicants in this category must be legally recognized entities, formally registered under applicable law, and they should attach evidence to that effect on their application.
  • Teams of individuals that are not university students are also eligible to apply.
  • Entities that are ineligible to apply include: Government agencies (local and foreign), non-incorporated entities (informal organizations), and individuals not affiliated with any legally recognized entity, any individuals or organizations participating in, linked to, or sponsoring subversive activities including criminal acts, terrorism or related activities.
  • Colleges, universities, and research facilities that are funded by, and/or affiliated to, a foreign government are not considered a foreign government.
  • All USAID restrictions pertaining to US Government funding apply.
  • The RAN Resilience Innovation Challenge seeks applications that have an operational focus in low-income and middle-income countries, as defined by the World Bank

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Resilience Innovation Challenge.

Atlas Corps Fellowship Program: Addressing Critical Social Issues!

Deadline: 10 March 2016

Atlas Corps is seeking applications from world’s non-profit leaders for fellowship program to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation. The Atlas Corps Fellowship lasts 6-18 months and is offered three times a year.

Fellows serve full-time at Host Organizations, develop leadership skills, and learn nonprofit best practices through the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab professional development series and networking opportunities with other Fellows who are skilled nonprofit professionals from around the world.

Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps) started in 2006, is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges.


  • Program-related international travel (U.S. Fellows only)
  • Program-related domestic travel
  • Basic health insurance
  • Monthly stipend for basic living expenses (shared housing, food, local transportation)
  • Documentation (DS-2019) that enables the Fellow to obtain a J-1 visa.
  • Placement at a Host Organization
  • Participation in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (nonprofit management training series

Fellowship Information: Fellows will receive a total of $1,460/month.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 2 or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • English proficiency (oral, writing, reading)
  • 35 years or younger
  • U.S. citizens are not eligible for the U.S. Fellowship
  • Commitment to return to your home country after the 6-18 month fellowship

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Atlas Corp Fellowship.

IC-IMPACTS: Promoting Bilateral Scientific Collaboration between Indian and Canadian Scientists!

Deadline: 1 April 2016

India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS), The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science & Technology and Government of India, New Delhi is seeking applications from Indian and Canadian researchers /scientists to conduct the India-Canada Cooperative Science Programme to promote bilateral scientific collaboration between Indian and Canadian scientists.

The research projects funded are expected to be of a high international standard that will lead to a technology or solution directly impacting the lives of Indian and Canadian citizens.

Indian-Canadian joint projects must be based on meaningful engagement, include a common project plan, and involve at least one Principal Investigator from Canada and one from India.

Areas of Cooperation

  • Structural performance of buildings including earthquake resistance
  • Innovative buildings materials with low carbon footprint
  • Thermal, acoustical and lighting comfort in buildings
  • Buildings and human health
  • Buildings and energy conservation
  • Buildings and water conservation
  • Building Infrastructures and Internet of Things (IoT)

Selection Criteria

  • Alignment with areas for collaboration identified above;
  • Relevance to Indian and Canadian national infrastructure challenges;
  • Potential for research outcome to be deployed in settings in India and Canada within three years;
  • Quality and originality of research program;
  • Qualification and excellence of research team and proven record of successfully delivering prior research project objectives (Note: there must be a lead Indian and lead Canadian researcher for each research project submitted);
  • Expected results and outcomes and appropriateness of budget strategy to achieve them;
  • Potential for successful commercialization and/or community adoption of research outcomes;
  • Training of highly qualified professionals;
  • Inclusion of multidisciplinary aspects of the research program; and,
  • Engagement of partners from academic, industrial, government, community sectors

Eligibility Criteria

  • The joint application must include one Indian and one Canadian Principal Investigators, who would be responsible for technical as well as administrative co-ordination of the project and its periodic scientific and financial reporting to DST and IC-IMPACTS respectively.
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) and other investigators in India should be scientists/ faculty members working in regular capacity in UGC recognized Universities / Deemed Universities / Academic Institutes and National Research & Development Laboratories / Institutes. It is preferred that a member of the project team may be designated as Co-PI.
  • Any Canadian Researcher eligible to receive funding from IC-IMPACTS and Tri-Council Agencies in Canada is eligible to apply as a principal investigator or research team member from Canada.
  • Research projects of one or two years in duration are eligible for funding.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit IC-IMPACT.

Apply for Captain Planet Foundation Eco-Tech Grant Program!

Deadline: 15 March 2016

Captain Planet Foundation is seeking applications from schools and NGOs for Eco-Tech grant program with the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities.

Eco-Tech grant program is supporting environmental education at the intersection of innovation and technology.

The Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation was co-founded by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle in 1991 with a mission to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live.

The foundation’s unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

Grant Information: Grants in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit Captain Planet Foundation.

Global Innovation Programs: Helping Humanitarian Community Better Respond to Refugees Outside of Camps

Deadline: 1 March 2016

United States Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) is seeking applications for Global Innovation Programs to help the humanitarian community better respond to refugees outside of camps.

PRM seeks to support the development of new approaches and tools to strengthen humanitarian response to urban and other non-camp refugees globally with the development and piloting of new tools and models of assistance that will enable the humanitarian community to innovaddress the challenges unique to urban/non-camp settings.


  • Identifying, counting, and assessing the needs of urban/non-camp refugees, as well as targeting the most vulnerable for assistance, and creating tools to rapidly and regularly update this information;
  • Conducting area-based context mapping that assesses markets, legal frameworks and rights, governance structures, land issues, and infrastructure, and creating tools to facilitate emergency context mapping that can be conducted quickly and updated regularly;
  • Mapping and vetting existing services (including legal aid), establishing referral systems, conducting capacity-building of referred service-providers, and conducting follow-up to ensure that both refugee needs are met and service providers are prepared to accommodate larger caseloads;
  • Disseminating reliable information to refugees about registration, refugee rights, available services, assistance, and other relevant issues through the use of information and communications technology, data management, and/or other outreach activities, and maintaining ongoing communication with refugee (and where relevant, host) communities;
  • Improving coordination among a range of stakeholders (including municipal and development actors, international organizations, and international/local NGOs), engaged in responding to urban/non-camp refugee and host community needs;
  • Improving refugee access to education, including through the use of electronic educational technology;
  • Assessing assets, networks, and resources and designs appropriate interventions on an individual or household basis, with the ultimate objective of improving refugee self-reliance;
  • Expanding rights and promoting integration of non-camp refugees into local communities and into ongoing or future development programming;
  • Building capacity of local government and civil society responses to urban/non-camp refugees, including building the capacity of local organizations to conduct advocacy;
  • Gathering, analyzing and using relevant beneficiary feedback on quality and availability of existing services

Funding Information

  • PRM anticipates providing up to $1,000,000 in total to fund NGO programs to develop innovations in urban/non-camp response.
  • Funding requests should not exceed $1,000,000 per concept note.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with IRS, other than institutions of higher education;
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with IRS, other than institutions of higher education;
  • Institutions of higher education; and
  • International Organizations
  • International multilateral organizations, such as United Nations agencies, should not submit concept notes through in response to this Notice of Funding Opportunity.
  • Multilateral organizations that are seeking funding for programs relevant to this announcement should contact the PRM Program Officer on or before the closing date of the funding announcement.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download the application packages via address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Global Innovation Programs.

USAID: Supporting People with Disability and Strengthening the Capacity of Disabled People’s Organization!

Deadline: 2 March 2016

The United States Agency for International Development-Uganda (USAID/Uganda) is seeking applications from qualified U.S. and Non U.S. organisations to propose innovative and effective approaches that increase the participation of people with disability (PWD) in USAID activities and strengthen the capacity of Disabled People’s Organization (DPO’s).

Areas of Interest

USAID seeks applications for projects that integrate people with disabilities in USAID Mission programs and strengthen the capacity and leadership of DPOs. Activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture and food security;
  • Democracy, human rights & governance;
  • Economic growth and trade; education;
  • Environment and global climate change;
  • Sports;
  • Gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Science, technology and innovation
  • Capacity building programs for DPOs may include organizational capacity, advocacy efforts, cross-disability coalition building, coordination, and leadership and training.

Areas for Disability Funding Support

  • Increase participation of people with disabilities in new or existing USAID programs
  • Strengthen and Support Disabled People’s Organizations (DPOs)

Grant Information

Subject to availability of funds, USAID intends to provide $6 million, for grants in two categories below in total estimated cost over one to three years to support these activities.

  • Small fund programs ranging from $20,000 to $300,000
  • Large fund programs ranging from $300,000 to $600,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications should be from qualified U.S. or non-U.S. entities, such as private, non-profit organizations (or for-profit companies willing to forego profits), including private voluntary organizations, universities, research organizations, professional associations, and relevant special interest associations.
  • Local DPOs are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Mainstream (non-DPO) organizations applying for funds must include in their application letter(s) of signed support from local DPOs they intend to partner with for the purpose of the project.
  • Partners new to USAID may submit applications.
  • USAID will not accept applications from individuals. All applicants must be legally recognized organizational entities under applicable law. PIOs are not eligible to apply for funding under this program.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their applications electronically at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Expanding Participation of People with Disability.

United States Mission to ASEAN: Science and Technology Fellowship for Residents of ASEAN Member State

Deadline: 21 February 2016

Are you a scientist from ASEAN? Are you interested in driving policy debates and data-based decision making to address the most pressing regional and national level challenges? Would you like to expand your professional network within ASEAN and to learn first hand how ASEAN works on issues related to S&T? If you answered yes to these questions, the year-long ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship may be for you!

United States Mission to ASEAN is seeking applications for its ASEAN-US Science and Technology Fellowship which is an opportunity for early career scientists who are citizens and residents of ASEAN Member State (AMS) to join a team of science leaders exploring opportunities to address key areas of concern and engage in policy making that drives national priorities and affects the lives of citizens in ASEAN.


  • Advance regional cooperation on ASEAN strategic priorities;
  • Strengthen science-based policymaking throughout targeted national government ministries and/or bodies;
  • Empower and build the capacity of scientists in ASEAN to take a more prominent role in their respective country’s efforts to integrate into the ASEAN Community.

Priority Areas

  • Sustainable Energy
  • Climate Change and Climate Variability
  • Science, Technology and Innovation Policy

Stipend Information: A stipend of $1,200 per month for the 12 months of the Fellowship period will be granted.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based upon the following four criteria:

  • Scientific and/or technical background and professional accomplishments
  • Leadership and/or potential for leadership
  • Communication, interpersonal, and outreach skills
  • Commitment to the three main goals of the ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant should be the citizens and residents of AMS.
  • While a Ph.D. is strongly encouraged and preferred, applicants must have at minimum a Master’s degree to apply.
  • The Fellowship anticipates that most Fellows will be at the Ph.D. level.
  • Candidates with Master’s degrees must have at least five years of professional experience.
  • The Fellowship is aimed at early career scientists who will use the experience to enhance and inform future career paths.
  • Applicants should be less than 45 years of age as of February 21, 2016.
  • All eligible applicants, including women and ethnic minorities, are strongly encouraged to apply to the Fellowship.
  • The Fellowship particularly encourages applications from scientists who are not already employed by their home governments.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can submit their application packages via link given on the website.

For more information, please visit United States Mission to ASEAN.

Global Youth Innovation Network: Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation, 2016

Deadline: 31 January 2016

Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN) is seeking applications for its second Global Youth Summit called the 2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI 2016) that will be held in Dakar, Senegal from March 29-31, 2016.

The summit will prioritise young people’s needs, considering their developmental needs including under-served populations, such as girls, to an effective and inclusive employment strategy.

The summit, representing over 100 countries, will give its participants the tools to learn and share how young women and men, especially in rural areas, are increasingly acquiring new capacities and developing innovative solutions to transform themselves as Hunger Fighters, Job Creators, Innovators, and Change Agents. Youth participants and partner organizations will present proven innovative agribusiness and entrepreneurship practices by sharing their knowledge, expertise, challenges and success stories.

GYIN is a fully youth-inspired and led network for youth entrepreneurs and rural micro-enterprises who are committed to act as hunger fighters, change agents, and innovators, driven by the passion to see generational transformations and changes from the grassroots to the global level. The network creates an environment to support youth in development and empowerment programs.


GYIN operates within the follow six core values referred to as ANTERS:

  • Accountability: By telling the truth at all times, everyone becomes responsible for his/her actions or decisions.
  • Network: We are all interconnected in a way that transcends any form of barrier in space and time.
  • Trust: Our words and actions will be consistent and coherent with what we stand for and do at all times
  • Empowerment: Reinforcing the strengths and eliminating the weaknesses of everyone thereby cascading into collective interests of all.
  • Respect: Recognize and value the diversity a person by focusing on different strengths, ideas, talents, creativity, experiences and energy to achieve our mission.
  • Self-reliant: Acknowledge and count everyone’s strengths as first order assets.


  • Leadership: To build sustainable poor rural youth businesses that are more resilient to climate change, environmental degradation, and market transformation.
  • Agribusiness: To contribute directly to the reduction of poverty through raising incomes of smallholder farmers in rural areas.
  • Entrepreneurship: To give poor, rural youth the skills to manage profitable, sustainable, and resilient farm and non-farm enterprises.
  • Education: To research the characteristics of enabling environments and empowering poor, rural youth to articulate these needs to institutions and policy makers.
  • Community learning and Partnership: To develop public/private partnership building activities and support of rural youth advocates allowing poor rural youth and organizations to influence policies and institutions that affect their livelihoods.

For information regarding application procedure and more, please visit Global Youth Innovation Network.