Call For Application

Have a local innovation to address challenges relating to flooding and water scarcity in urban and peri-urban areas in India?

There is ‘flooding’ on one hand & water scarcity on another. Too much water & too little of it. Two extremes that pose a humanitarian challenge. If you have specific problem that presents a gap or opportunity with innovative solutions to these extremes, we want to hear from you!

SEEDS, Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) and ADRRN Tokyo Innovation (ATIH) initiative is seeking ideas on how to address challenges relating to flooding and water scarcity in urban and peri-urban areas in India.

We invite applications from groups/teams that hope to gain a better understanding of a problem that they are trying to tackle, in order to develop new and improved products and services for disaster risk management. The initiative is in two 2 phases

Phase I: Call for applications to participate in workshops for idea generation, collaborate & improvement workshops
Deadline: Monday, 21 October 2019 by 17.30 hrs. IST (13.00 BST)

This call for application from groups/teams to participate in two workshops, which comprise the first phase of the initiative. We are looking for 8 groups/team to participate in the workshop process. These workshops are designed to guide participants through a process of understanding problems and developing potential solutions.

Phase 2: Seed funding to explore, evaluate and implement the ideas

Following the workshops, there will be the opportunity for each of the selected participating groups to apply for seed funding up to £10,000 (per group/team) to further explore their ideas over a 6 month period. Funding will be awarded to between 3 and 5 groups for this stage.

The 3-5 groups/team that receive seed funding will be eligible to apply to a second funding stage, where a total of £50,000 is available to fund 1-2 groups with the most promising and achievable idea. They will have a year to implement this.

Eligibility to apply for the workshop:

  • The lead applicant must be a legally registered national NGO or social enterprise based in India.
  • The team must include a good spread relevant skills and experience (e.g. interest in innovation, expertise in disaster risk reduction, humanitarian response, and experience/ expertise related to the problem identified and articulated in the proposal).
  • The team applications submitted by a consortium of organisations will be looked upon favourably.
  • The team must demonstrate close links with the communities whose problems they are seeking to address.
  • The team must demonstrate close links with the communities whose problems they are seeking to address.
  • Applications submitted by a consortium of organisations will be looked upon favourably.
  • Must be available to attend both workshops.

Webinar

The webinar provides an introduction to the initiative, including a briefing on the current context, aims and objectives, and an overview of the two planned workshops. It also provide further information on the selection process and how to write a strong application.

How to apply for workshop

We are looking to select 6-8 teams to participate in both workshops. The application requires you to:

  1. Identify a specific problem that presents a gap or opportunity for innovation
  2. Make an informed assessment of the different sets of expertise that are required to understand and respond to the problem
  3. Provide the details of a further 2-3 people with demonstrated expertise in relevant areas who are committed to attending the workshops along with you as part of your team

Initial applications should be submitted by a ‘lead applicant’ who works for a relevant organisation, is passionate about the problem they are seeking to solve, and able to coordinate and bring together team members. We would favour teams that comprise more than one organisation as a partnership. The lead applicant and all team members must commit to attending both workshops, and to carrying out 1-2 days of research in-between.

Evaluation criteria

The proposal should:

  • Focus on a problem that is relevant to the thematic focus outlined in this document (water and the changing nature of disaster risk).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of the problem on stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the expertise required to address the problem articulated.

The application process includes submitting an application form, accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  1. Certificate of Registration
  2. PAN Number
  3. Acknowledgement of Receipt of Income Tax Return for the last financial year
  4. FCRA Certificate, if applicable

Apply now

Deadline: Monday, 21 October 2019 by 17.30 hrs. IST (13.00 BST)

If you are unable to attend the webinar, you are still welcome to apply. Our online application form is now online: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/register.php?refOrgId=20971&refProgId=751&refProgType=grantsNew

Important dates:

  • Webinar: Thursday, 19 September, 2019 at 15.00 hrs. IST
  • Deadline for application: Monday, 21 October 2019 by 17.30 hrs. IST (13.00 BST)
  • Successful applicants notified: Monday, 4 November 2019
  • Workshop 1: 3-5 December, 2019
  • Workshop 2: 26-28 February, 2020

For more details download the note:

Get in contact
If you have any further questions, please contact Kate O’Reilly, Project Officer, HIF
Email: hif@elrha.org

About The Organisers

Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS)

SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) is a not-for profit organisation that enables community resilience through practical solutions in the areas of disaster readiness, response and rehabilitation. SEEDS completed 25 years of outstanding service to humanity in 2019 and is re-anchoring its approach to building resilience through innovation. It continues to empower the most vulnerable across Asia to build a better future. https://www.seedsindia.org

ADRRN Tokyo Innovation Hub

The ADRRN Tokyo Innovation Hub (ATIH) was established in 2017 as a new function of the Asia Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) to promote innovative activities of member NGOs and institutionalize innovation in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness within the network. http://adrrninnovationhub.org/

Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund

Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF) supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance through the provision of grant funding for innovation and advisory support, capturing and sharing lessons learned, and fostering effective partnerships. http://www.elrha.org/hif