The Global Development Awards Competition

The Global Development Awards Competition 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.Since its inception in 2000, GDN has provided US$ 3.8 million in awards and travel grants to finalists and winners.

The winners of the current round will be chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s next conference to be held in New Delhi, India, in December; an event attended by international development practitioners where finalists will present their proposals. Finalists from both award categories will be invited to present their proposals at the conference.

The competition is presently accepting submissions in two categories:
Category 1: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)
The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) is a competitive research grant program that identifies and funds outstanding research proposals submitted by researchers from developing countries and transition economies that have a high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues in any of the three research sub-themes.
First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 10,000; Third Prize: US$ 5,000
Research Proposals for the Award will be considered in following sub-themes:
1.      Skilling for Agriculture
2.      Skilling for Manufacturing
3.      Skilling for Digital Technologies

Category 2: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)
The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project is a competitive grant program that provides grants worth US$ 45,000 to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) located in developing countries torecognize the innovative approach of their grassroots projects*. The Award targets projects currently at the stage of implementation, and which have a high potential for impact targeting exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups located in developing and transition countries. Proposals are based on similar themes as the first category.
*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 scale up their innovative work.
First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 10,000; Third Prize: US$ 5,000
Innovative development projects for the Award will be considered in following sub-themes:
1.      Skilling for Agriculture
2.      Skilling for Manufacture
3.      Skilling for Digital Technologies

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