Award for Most Innovative Development Project

Deadline: 11 March 2013
Open to: development projects being implemented in low income countries and low middle income countries in Africa, Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and the transition economies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia
GrantFirst: US$30,000; Second: US$10,000; Third: US$5,000


The Global Development Network (GDN) is accepting applications for the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP) which gives an opportunity for NGOs to receive grants worth US $45,000. In addition to this, the first prize winner will also be eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to US $200,000.

As part of the Global Development Awards and Medals Competition (AMC), the MIDP is a competitive grant program that provides development practitioners with the opportunity to compete for grants to help scale up their innovative project. The grants are awarded to projects and/or non-governmental organizations that are supporting improved service delivery, in particular, innovative approaches and meet certain set criteria. These projects are not theme based. However, the projects need to contribute to sustainable development.

The winning projects will receive grants worth US$ 45,000. Finalists will be invited to travel and present their proposals at GDN’s 14th Annual Global Development Conference in Manila, the Philippines from 19-21 June 2013. The award will be given to the organization whose project embodies an innovative approach to an important development need and holds the greatest promise for:

  1. responding directly to the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, underserved groups to improve their lives;
  2. supporting initiatives that lead to developing sustainable outcomes through the scaling up of the project.

The first prize winner will receive a grant of US$ 30,000. The second prize and third prize winners will receive a grant of US$ 10,000 and US$ 5,000 respectively. In addition, the World Bank-administered Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) team will review the suitability of the proposal winning the First Prize for a much larger grant of up to US$ 200,000 under the auspices of the JSDF.


  • Open to all development projects being implemented in low income countries and low middle income countries in Africa, Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and the transition economies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Project must be managed by a non-governmental organization with its headquarters in a country in one of the above regions
  • Project must have started before 1 January 2012
  • Applicants from previous years (except winners) may reapply, but they must update the application to include new aspects of the project
  • Past winners are not eligible to apply


The deadline to apply for this grant opportunity is 11 March 2013 (Indian Standard Time 6 p.m.). Follow the steps given below:

  1. Download the proposal template HERE; fill it in and save it on your computer.
  2. Prepare a document providing the profile of your organization and save it on your computer.
  3. Log on to GDN’s Online Proposal Appraisal system and fill in the online application form HERE for MIDP (i.e. Call for Proposal: CFP-1) and submit it. (On completion of this step, you would receive an automated response from OPA via email (at the address that you provided in the application form) confirming successful submission of your application. Please note here, however, that your application is not yet complete. You have to follow the rest of the steps given below).
  4. Upload the Project Proposal
  5. Upload the CV
  6. Upload the Organizational Profile

More information about the grants and application process may be found on the official call for applications HERE or the frequently asked questions HERE. If you have further questions not addressed through the guidelines and the FAQ, please write to the organizers at

You may also visit the Global Development Network’s website HERE for more information on their other grant opportunities.

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