Grants & Funding Opportunities

Name Deadline Relevant Fields Details Duration Funding Limit Apply Here
COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Program June 28, 2020) Sciences, Humanities,
IDRC and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

are contributing up to CA$10 million towards a COVID-19 Global South Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Program. The Program aims to support multidisciplinary research to deepen understanding of how to develop and scale responsible (inclusive, rights-based, ethical, and sustainable) evidence-based artificial intelligence (AI) and data science approaches that support COVID-19 response and recovery in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Priority Areas
1. Development
2. Health
3. Information and Communication
4. Science and Technology
5. For further details visit

The COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge June 30, 2020) Education
The UNDP is calling on Hackster's global community to support developing

countries through the sharing and transfer of open source technology. This challenge has three priority actions:
1. Design replicable, low-cost tools and resources to aid viral detection
2. Flatten the curve in communities with preventive solutions
3. Reduce the disease's impact on the economies of these vulnerable areas
Priority Areas
1. Engineering
2. Computer Sciences
3. Basic Sciences
4. Health Sciences

Research Grants On Education: Small July 1, 2020 Education
The Small Research Grants on Education Program supports education

The Small Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets up to $50,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. Eligible investigators may also request additional supplemental funds for a course release. This program supports rigorous, intellectually ambitious and technically sound research that is relevant to the most pressing questions and compelling opportunities in education. The organization seeks to support scholarship that develops new foundational knowledge that may have a lasting impact on educational discourse.
Priority Areas

IBM Call for Code Global Challenge July 31, 2020 Sciences, Engineering
The Call for Code Global Challenge, an initiative of IBM, asks the world's

The Call for Code Global Challenge, an initiative of IBM, asks the world's developers to build solutions for COVID-19 and climate change. Interests include crisis communication, remote education, and community cooperation.
Priority Areas
1. Engineering
2. Computer Sciences

Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS): COVID-19 Solutions Fund None Computer Sciences, Engineering
The COVID-19 Solutions Fund provides awards of up to $50,000 each to open

source technology projects which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in some way. Applications will be accepted for hardware (e.g., an open source ventilator), software (e.g., a platform that connects hospitals with people who have 3D printers who can print parts for that open source ventilator), as well as software that solves for secondary effects of COVID-19 (e.g., a browser plugin that combats COVID related misinformation).
Priority Areas
1. Engineering
2. Computer Sciences

National Geographic: COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists None Languages, Mass Communication
The National Geographic Society is launching an emergency fund for journalists

all over the world who wish to cover COVID-19 within their own communities. The Fund will distribute support ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 for local coverage of the preparation, response, and impact of this global pandemic as seen through evidence-based reporting. Eligible applicants include writers, photographers, videographers, audio journalists, cartographers, filmmakers, and data visualization experts.
Priority Areas
1. Languages
2. Journalism
3. Mass Communication

Peace First: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants None Psychology, Mass Communication
Peace First’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants is a rapid response coaching

and grant process to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbors to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated. Rapid response grants are open to young people between the ages of 13-25, anywhere in the world.
Priority Areas
1. Mass Communication
2. Psychology

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge None Mass Communication
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking proposals that develop

innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders. Priority is given to proposals that focus on systemic, under-reported issues underlying the coronavirus crisis; use data-driven or interdisciplinary approaches to reporting on coronavirus; and hold the powerful accountable. This opportunity is open to all newsrooms and independent journalists in the United States and abroad.
Priority Areas
1. Mass Communication

Community Prototype Fund Accepted on a rolling basis Humanities, CS&IT, Electrical Engineering
The Community Prototype Fund supports the rapid development of innovative

viable and open Internet freedom technology prototypes that serve the immediate needs of the Internet freedom and human rights communities. Through short-term support, technologists and activists can bring to life nascent ideas that help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks,counteract censorship and surveillance, and mitigate digital security threats to Internet freedom, specifically in repressive environments.
Priority Areas
1. Digital Security
2. Internet Freedom

UNICEF Funding Opportunity for TECH Startups Accepted on a rolling basis Tech-based fields
The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make USD 50-90,000 equity-free

investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity. If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s program countries and have a working, open source prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you.

Global Innovation Fund Accepted on a rolling basis Open to All fields
Global Innovation Fund is a unique hybrid investment fund that promotes the

piloting, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations targeted at improving the lives of the poorest people in developing countries. Through the global innovation fund it supports a portfolio of innovations that collectively open up opportunities and improve the lives of millions of people across the developing world. The goal is to scale innovations backed by rigorous evidence. So every investment made is designed to support innovations on their path to scale. A venture capital approach, using a tiered financing model, and offering graduated funding. The aim of this staged funding approach is to support organizations to scale up to reach millions of people.
Priority Areas
Funding is available in any sector as long as you can show that your innovation improves the lives of those living on less than $5 PPP per day, especially less than $2 PPP per day. Priority is given to innovations implemented in developing countries

Ignite National Technology Fund Accepted on a rolling basis CS&IT, Electrical Engineering
Ignite funds startups and innovative projects that utilize 4th industrial wave tech

to solve local problems and target global opportunities in health, education, energy, telecom, finance and other verticals. Technical R&D Commercial / Innovative Products and Human Resource Development projects utilizing ICT technologies are funded through Ignite.
Priority Areas
1. Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
2. Augmented and Virtual Reality
3. Block Chain
4. Cloud Infrastructure and Cyber Security
5. Internet of Things (IoT)
6. Robotics
7. Shared Economy
8. NeuroTech
9. 3D/4D Printing
10.Wearables and Implantables

Rapid Response Fund Accepted on a rolling basis Humanities, CS&IT, Electrical
The Rapid Response Fund aims to facilitate the digital emergency response

community to resolve threats in a timely and comprehensive manner for individuals, communities, and organizations whose free expression has recently been repressed. To resolve digital emergencies, OTF offers both direct financial support as well as technical services from trusted partners to high-risk people and organizations, such as bloggers, cyber activists, journalists, and human rights defenders.
Priority areas:
1. Digital Security
2. Internet Freedom

ELRHA: Research to Support Covid-19 Response in Humanitarian Settings Rolling basis Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences
Elrha is launching an urgent funding call for research proposals to support the

COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.The call aims to fund public health research that will produce robust findings that will contribute to the effectiveness of the current humanitarian response and increase the evidence base for future responses to similar infectious disease outbreaks.
Priority Areas
1. Social Sciences
2. Healthcare Delivery
3. Computer Sciences