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GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AWARDS COMPETITION
 
Overview

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 were chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s 17th Annual Global Development Conference   held in Peru from 17-18 March, 2016; an event  attended by over 400 practitioners in the field of development where finalists presented their proposals.  Please visit this page to learn about the finalists in 2016.

The current round of applications for the awards is now closed. Watch this short film featuring the finalists from the Global Development Awards Competition at the 17th GDN Annual Global Development Conference in Lima, Peru in March, 2016. 

The Global Development The Global Development Awards Competition has two categories each year:

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 relevancy for policy implications. Each year, GDN identifies a particular theme around which prizes are awarded. For instance, in 2016, all research proposals must focus on the topic of "Education for Development: Quality & Inclusion for Changing Global Human Capital Needs". The following prize categories are normally awarded: First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 10,000; Third Prize: US$ 5,000.  Eligibility criteria as well as an online database for applications are set up to support an open call for applications. You can review our previous GUIDELINES  and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS to get a sense of how this competition is conducted. Please note that these are usually updated for each call.

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 to help scale up their innovative projects*. The grants are awarded to projects that are supporting improved service delivery, in particular, innovative approaches that meet certain set criteria. 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 usually not based on a particular theme. The following prize categories are normally awarded: First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 10,000; Third Prize: US$ 5,000.   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 for their work. Eligibility criteria as well as an online database for applications are set up to support an open call for applications. You can review our previous GUIDELINES and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS to get a sense of how this competition is conducted. Please note that these are usually updated for each call.

Please note that GDN reserves the right to modify, cancel or not award grants at any stage of the competition and grant-making. The decision of GDN is final.


 

 
Funded by Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan

Watch what the previous round Award winners have to say: 
MIDP 2015 winner: Video 
ORD 2015 winner: Video