Implementation Grants & Diffusion Grants under the Humanitarian Innovation Fund

Implementation Grants

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund provides implementation grants for the  implementation of an innovation to produce tangible real examples of changed practice, testing the innovation to see how it compares to existing solutions.

Development and implementation are two stages that are strongly interlinked in the innovation process where fluidity is key to create wider impact. But development is the preliminary stage involving initial testing in the field as opposed to implementation which is a more mature phase involving refinements for wider testing and scale readiness.

A grant from £75,000 to £150,000 is available for the Implementation phase of the process

Focus Projects

  • Testing and validating methods and business models
  • Testing and validating social impact and cost-effectiveness
  • Making operational refinements
  • Building paths to sustainability and scale

Past Projects

  • Linking Communities to Mine Action – Strengthening Community Liaison through Digital Platforms is a project by the Danish Demining Group (DDG)
  • Every Second Matters for Mothers and Babies TM – Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT) project by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

For more information, please visit Implementation Grants.

Diffusion Grants: Scaling and Leading Up Innovations

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund provides Diffusion grants for diffusion and extended outreach of successful innovations – taking them to scale and leading to wider adoptions outside the original setting.

All proposals will be assessed against the following selection criteria with equal weighting:

  • Impact
  • Approach
  • Feasibility
  • Team

Proposals will not be considered for full evaluation if:

  • The application is incomplete
  • The application exceeds 5 pages (excluding attachments)
  • The proposal exceeds the maximum duration/value allowed
  • The applicant, project, or costs are not eligible

Note: Diffusion grants are only open to organisations that have previously received a HIF core grant.

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