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The Global Development Awards Competition 2017

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open16-Jul-2017
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AwardUp to USD 30,000
EligibilityResearchers in agriculture, manufacturing and digital technologies
Scholarship provider contact details

NEW DELHI, Headquarters, Global Development Network, 2nd Floor, West Wing, ISID Complex 4, Vasant Kunj Institutional Area New Delhi-110070, INDIA T: +91 11 4323 9494 / 2613 9494 F: +91 11 2613 6893 Email: /

What is The Global Development Awards Competition 2017?

Global Development Network invites applcations from researchers for The Global Development Awards Competition 2017, supported from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan. The 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.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Research Proposals for the Award will be considered in following sub-themes:

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

The competion is accepting applications in two categories:    

Category 1: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)

First Prize: USD 30,000; Second Prize: USD 10,000; Third Prize: USD 5,000

Eligibility Criteria Category 1:

  • Eligible countries are 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.      

Category 2: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)

First Prize*: USD 30,000; Second Prize: USD 10,000; Third Prize: USD 5,000

*The first prize winner is also eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to USD 200,000 to scale up their innovative work.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 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.

Note- APPLICATION DEADLINE: 16 July, 2017 (Indian Standard Time 6:00 PM)

How can you apply ?

Step 1-  Prepare the proposal as specified on the ORD proposal template and MIDP proposal template

Step 2- Prepare a single document with the CVs of all the team members related to the research

Step 3- Register here for online submission

Step 4- Upload all documents specified on the form. Then save and submit the application

Step 5- Submit specific application only once and in case of query, email



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