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Challenge Fund 2022 - Applications are open!

We are happy to announce that the UNDP Challenge Fund - partnership between Czech Republic and UNDP opens a call for applications for the year 2022-2023.

The Czech-UNDP Partnership for Sustainable Development Goals Project aims to respond to the development challenges by transferring Czech expertise and innovative solutions for SDGs to partner countries.

The objective of the Challenge fund: Czech solutions for SDGs is to facilitate the transfer of Czech know-how and innovative solutions that would address development challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Georgia, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Zambia and contribute to the achievement of SDGs.

The eligible applicants include the Czech private sector, NGOs, universities, state institutions or research centres. The applicants are required to engage local partners to assure viability in local conditions and to promote the sustainability and scalability of the solution.

All the details regarding the background of the call, criteria for selection and evaluation can be found in the Terms of Reference.

Interested applicants are also invited to attend:

  1. Seminar for applicants to the 2022 Challenge Fund, Thursday 16 June 2022, 09:00 - 11:00 CET (physically in Prague + online, in Czech language) Registration link
  2. Online Seminar “How to submit Challenge Fund application”, Tuesday 28 June 2022, 15:00 – 16:00 CET (in Czech language) Registration link for Zoom
  3. Online Seminar “How to submit Challenge Fund application”, Wednesday 29 June 2022, 15:00 – 16:00 CET (in English language) Registration link for Zoom

Locality: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Georgia, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Zambia

Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia    

  1. Climate Resilience and Environment Sustainability: with focus on e.g., Access to renewable, affordable, and clean energy, Solar energy solutions, Sustainable urbanization and smart city technologies including strategic benchmarking tools for economic growth via Big Data usage, Dynamic traffic control and intersection coordination, Systems for inspection and maintenance of city infrastructure, Data crowd sourcing platforms.
  2. Inclusive Economic Transformation: with focus on e.g., Strengthening the innovation ecosystem targeting the youth, Technologies and tools to facilitate technology transfer and cooperation between universities and industry, Inclusive and innovative finance, Digital payments and innovative finance tools/approaches, Support to SMEs, Sustainable agriculture.

Expected date of contract start: September/October 2022

Expected length of contract: up to 1 year

Estimated prize: Ranging between US$20,000 and US$40,000, the applicants provide co-funding of at least 20% of the total cost of the project.

The applicants must submit their proposals using the templates for the Application Form (in Annex 3) and Budget Form (in Annex 4). 

Challenge Fund Applications must be sent to procurement.irh@undp.org   by Sunday 31 July, 2022. 11:59 p.m. CET.

Subject “Application - Czech Challenge Fund 2022”