Water Data Challenge


Organisation:  Global Innovation Fund

Apply By:  20 Dec . 2017


Water Data Challenge
 

Water Data Challenge

The Engine’s ‘Water Data Challenge’ will be led by GIF.

Current estimates show that the world may face a 40% shortfall in water availability by 2030. Water flows are becoming increasingly variable, and water quality increasingly threatened. When supplies are scarce or quality poor, it is often the poorest who suffer — managing water resources is, therefore, critical for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

We want to hear from innovators who are seeking breakthroughs that cost-effectively improve smallholder farmers’ productivity, income, or resilience; or that help to optimise water use at the system, watershed, or basin level so as to enhance resilience or promote inclusive growth. The breakthroughs could involve new ways to generate, assemble, and use data; new institutional mechanisms or business models for using and disseminating data; and new ways to build capacity – for individuals, firms, social enterprises or governments

The process for the Water Data Challenge is as follows:

We accept applications from innovators, entrepreneurs, start-ups, researchers, non-profits, and government agencies. We encourage applications from women-led organizations and organizations located in low or low-middle income countries. We are interested in proposals that have a partner from a low- or low-middle income country.

Criteria include potential to scale to benefit millions of people; depth of impact; benefits for people living under $5/day or for vulnerable groups; ability to measure success and willingness to share lessons learned; and qualifications of team. We are interested in applications that promote gender equity.

Awards: GIF can fund pilot-stage proposals (proof of concept) up to $230,000, and test and transition (demonstration) proposals up to $1 million. We have great flexibility in financial instruments and can provide grants, debt, or equity.  Typically, private sector investees would receive debt or equity finance unless they are creating a public good.

Timeline: Applications are currently being accepted, and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

How to apply: Please submit an initial application via our main applications portal.  When filling in the form, please note “Water Data Challenge” at the top of the Application Summary field.

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