The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) invites applications for a Challenge Fund, at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan.
The Challenge Fund, through a small grant program, will seek to address challenges to accessing and using risk information for decision making to ensure disaster risk reduction and improved disaster and climate resilience. These challenges can include access to high resolution digital elevation models, the integration of climate change scenarios in risk modelling, and access to post-disaster data.
The challenges, to be defined by an Expert Working Group—comprising of 11 practitioners working in disaster risk management in the private, public, multilateral and non-profit sectors—will be published on this page in the next few weeks.
Worth of Award
First Phase:
  • Category 1: up to USD 50,000
  • A proposal that builds on existing initiatives and requires new tools or approaches to achieve a greater impact.
  • Category 2: up to USD 100,000
  • Proposals funded under Category 2 aim to demonstrate a fully innovative approach to an intractable challenge, and therefore may require more funding to get them off the ground.

Second Phase:

  • up to USD 150,000
  • Proposals that have demonstrated success in the first round may be eligible for further funding. Success will be determined a demonstrated uptake from the first round and the potential scalability of the project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To register as a World Bank Vendor, a business or, a sole proprietor must complete a Bank Vendor Registration Form, and provide the required support documentation referred to on the form. The Business must meet the  criteria detailed in points 1-9 below.
  • In addition to the above, sole proprietors must complete the sole proprietor section of the form.
  • The response to these questions will be used as a guideline to assess if the work relationship would be that of a true contractor or that of an employee.
  • Click here for more eligibility details

Selection Criteria
Submitted proposals will be ranked according the following criteria:

  • Identify a specific problem statement under GFDRR Pillar 1: Risk Identification
  • Geographical focus on developing countries with an emphasis on the Africa and Asia regions
  • Development of open access data, products, tools and approaches.
  • Meet World Bank eligibility requirements (see below)


  • Projects that present a clear strategy for bridging the gap between technology and users, including through co-productive techniques and user consultations
  • Encouraging training and capacity development of users.
  • Involvement of research or other partners in developing countries on an equal basis.
  • New partnerships to develop cross sectoral and collaborative teams (including members from the public, private, NGO and academic sectors)
  • Open source technological solutions that are simple and replicable are encouraged
  • Ability to leverage other projects and investment to deliver greater impact

How to Apply

  • Step 1: Send in a short (5 page maximum) application defining the problem statement and your proposed solution and apply through the Econsultant portal
  • The selection number for the Challenge Fund is: 1180159
  • You can also access the Proposal Template through the Econsultant portal.
  • If you have any questions regarding the Challenge Fund, please refer to the FAQ document. For further information, please contact Emma Phillips ([email protected]) or Amal Ali ([email protected]).
  • Step 2: Proposals will be reviewed by the Expert Working Group [Members are listed in the Further Information document, link forthcoming]. This will be based on the outlined criteria. Up to 20 proposals will be selected for funding.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by email by June 1, 2015. Note: If your proposal is selected, you may receive feedback from the Expert Working Group to maximize the impact of your proposal.
  • Step 3: Once successful teams have incorporated feedback, the lead of the proposal team will submit a more detailed proposal. This team member needs to fulfill the noted criteria and submit a detailed technical proposal and financial proposal as soon as possible or by August 3, 2015.
  • Step 4: Grant funding will be transferred following completion of contractual arrangements with the World Bank Group. Teams will have 6 – 12 months to complete this pilot project.
  • Public Announcements of the Proposals Funded in this Round will be made in September 2015.
  • Step 5: Projects evaluated after 6 – 12 months to have high potential for positive impact may be eligible for further funding under the second phase.

Deadline: Close of Call for Applications: May 4, 2015

For more information, please contact Emma Phillips ([email protected]) or Amal Ali ([email protected])
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