Humanitarian Innovation Fund: Recognition Grants & Invention Grants

Recognition Grants

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) provides recognition grants to generate meaningful insights to inform the invention of potential solutions.

As recognising the problem is the first step in the innovation process, the grants are awarded to successfully innovate and find a better solution for the problem one is seeking to solve.

A grant up to £20,000 is available for the Recognition phase of the process.

Focus Projects

  • Learn from the community that is directly affected by the problem
  • Explore a problem from different and relevant perspectives
  • Identify new areas of opportunity for innovation
  • Review existing evidence about what works and what doesn’t
  • Explore the potential of adapting existing technology for new humanitarian purposes
  • Sharing the information gathered in a way others can easily understand

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Recognition Grants.

Invention Grants: Bring an Idea to Life

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund provides invention grants for the invention of a creative solution or novel idea, which helps address a problem or seize an opportunity. Combining analysis, discussion and, most importantly, creativity to generate ideas or harness new technologies.

A grant up to £20,000 is available for the Invention phase of the process.

Focus Projects

  • Creatively exploring options for different ideas
  • Getting feedback from a wide group of people about your initial idea
  • Discussing the solution with potential user community to see what they think
  • Developing a storyboard to help others visualise your solution
  • Determining which ideas are worth developing into prototypes to test
  • Building quick and easy prototypes to test out ideas
  • Combining different ideas to create one unified solution

Past Invention Projects

  • Rapid Manufacturing for Quick Onset Disasters
  • Innovative Online Library for Health Action in humanitarian Relief: MedBox – Medical Mission Institute-Catholic Advisory Group for International Health

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