Applications Open for Global Development Awards Competition for Developing Countries!

Deadline: 16 July 2017

Applications are now open for “The Global Development Awards Competition” that is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with the generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan.

The Awards Competition recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries and funds innovative social development projects benefiting marginalized groups in the developing world.

Award Categories

The competition comprises of two categories:

  • Category 1: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)
    This award is for early-career researchers from developing and transition countries who are seeking to explore any of the three competition themes through their research proposals in an original, innovative and policy-relevant way.
  • Category 2: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)
    This award is for exceptional, innovative on-going development projects by NGOs that have been able to implement activities with a high potential for development impact to exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups located in developing and transition countries.

Research Themes

  • Skilling for Agriculture
  • Skilling for Manufacturing
  • Skilling for Digital Technologies

Grant Amount

  • The grant amounts for the winners of the ORD program are the following:
    • First Prize: US$ 30,000
    • Second Prize: US$ 10,000
    • Third Prize: US$ 5,000
  • The grant amount for the winners of the MIDP program are the following:
    • First Prize: US$ 30,000
    • Second Prize: US$ 10,000
    • Third Prize: US$ 5,000

Eligibility Criteria

  • Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD):
    • Eligible countries for the ORD competition are those classified as low-income or middle-income countries.
    • Open only to researchers who are nationals of an eligible country
    • Open to citizens of eligible countries, who are temporarily based in a non-eligible country but not for more than five years as of 16 July, 2017
    • The upper age limit for all applicants is 45 years as of 16 July, 2017
    • Staff members of multilateral and bilateral organizations are NOT eligible to apply
    • Previous and current employees of GDN or its Regional Network Partners (RNPs) are NOT eligible to apply up till 5 years from the completion of their tenure. Previous GDN Board Members, project mentors and members of evaluation teams are NOT eligible to apply
    • Similar proposals or papers resulting as products from full or partial GDN funded activities cannot be submitted for this competition
    • Past ORD winners and finalists are not eligible to apply with the same or similar research proposal. Winners are not eligible to apply for a period of 3 years subsequent to their submission of a successful proposal
    • Past and current AMC reviewers are not eligible to take part in the competition.
  • Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP):
    • The MIDP Award is open to all development projects being implemented in low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries.
    • The project must be managed by a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with its headquarters in one of the above eligible countries. The NGO must be non-profit.
    • The project implementation must have started before 01 June, 2016.
    • Submissions concerning a recently started project or only a project idea or a feasibility or baseline study will not be considered.
    • Submissions for funding conferences (either in part or in full) will not be considered.
    • Applicants from previous years (except winners) may re-apply, but they must update the application to include new aspects of the project.
    • Previous MIDP winners are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Countries

Low Income Countries: Afghanistan, Gambia, Niger, Benin, Guinea, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Haiti, Somalia, Cambodia, Korea, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Liberia, Tanzania, Chad, Madagascar, Togo, Comoros, Malawi, Uganda, Congo, Mali, Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Nepal,

Lower Middle Income Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Rep., Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic , Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro. Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe,

For more information, please visit Global Development Awards.

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