The Global Development Awards Competition is administered by GDN, funded under the Policy and Human Resources Development Fund (PHRD) trust fund managed by the World Bank, and generously supported by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan.
The 2021 edition of the Global Development Awards Competition will feature two categories:
The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (2021)
The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) is a competitive research grant program that identifies and funds outstanding research proposals that have a high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues in low and middle-income countries (World Bank definition).
The Global Development Network (GDN) invites researchers from low-income or middle-income countries to submit research proposals within the theme, ‘International trade and the promotion of biodiversity.’
The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (2021)
The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) is a competitive grant program that supports non-profit Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in low or lower-middle-income countries (World Bank definition) to recognize the innovative approach of their projects. The first prize winner is also eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to US$ 200,000 to pilot their innovative work at a larger scale.
The Global Development Network (GDN) invites non-profit NGOs and CSOs from low and lower-middle-income countries to submit project applications within the following three themes:
- Universal health coverage and COVID,
- Community-driven, climate-related, disaster risk reduction in rural areas and
- Quality urban infrastructure and community-driven governance.
Worth of Award
For the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (2021), the
- first prize winner will receive a grant of US$ 30,000.
- second prize will receive a grant of US$ 10,000 and
- third prize winner will receive a grant of US$ 5,000 respectively.
The funds will be used to support the research work proposed by the winners towards the completion of their research.
Additionally, awardees will be paired with world-class academic in their area of work who will play the role of a Scientific and Technical Advisor to the winners.
While for the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (2021),
- The two first prize winners under each theme will receive a grant of US$ 20,000 each.
- The second prize will receive a grant of US$ 5,000.
- In addition, the World Bank-administered Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) team will review the suitability of the proposals winning the First Prize for a much larger grant of up to US$ 200,000 under the auspices of the JSDF, one per theme.
- The ORD is open only to researchers from low-income or upper-middle-income countries according to the World Bank classification. The requirement is that they need to be nationals, citizens and current residents of any of these countries.
- Citizens of eligible countries currently residing in in-eligible countries can also apply if they have been living in that country for no more than five years as of July 20, 2021.
- The MIDP is open to non-profit NGOs and CSOs from low and lower-middle-income countries according to the World Bank classification.
- They can submit projects that are currently at the implementation stage and should have started implementation by June 1st, 2020, or earlier to be eligible.
Additionally, NGOs/CSOs must be eligible to receive funds from abroad according to the legal framework.
How to Apply
All applications should be made online via the official website.
Deadline: The last date for submission is June 9, 2021 (Indian Standard Time 6:00 PM).