Global Development Award Competition 2017

GDN with the generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan is delighted to offer an innovative award called The Global Development Awards Competition. 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 competition is presently accepting submissions in two categories:

  • Category 1: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)
    Research Proposals for the Award will be considered in following sub-themes:

    • Skilling for Agriculture
    • Skilling for Manufacturing
    • Skilling for Digital Technologies
  • 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 recognize the innovative approach of their grassroots projects. Proposals are based on similar themes as the first category.




Winner of current round  will be chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s next conference to be held in New Delhi, India, in December 2017; an event attended by international development practitioners where finalists will present their proposals. Finalists from both award categories will be invited to present their proposals at the conference.

Category 1: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD):

  • First Prize: US$ 30,000;
  • Second Prize: US$ 10,000;
  • Third Prize: US$ 5,000.

Category 2: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP):

  • *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 to scale up their innovative work.
  • First Prize: US$ 30,000;
  • Second Prize: US$ 10,000;
  • Third Prize: US$ 5,000
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Category 1: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD):

  • Eligible countries for the ORD competition are those classified as low-income or middle-income countries.
  • Open only to researchers who are nationals of an eligible country
  • Open to citizens of eligible countries who are temporarily based in a non-eligible country but not for more than five years as of 16 July, 2017
  • The upper age limit for all applicants is 45 years as of 16 July, 2017
  • Staff members of multilateral and bilateral organizations are NOT eligible to apply
  • Previous and current employees of GDN or its Regional Network Partners (RNPs) are NOT eligible to apply up till 5 years from the completion of their tenure. Previous GDN Board Members, project mentors and members of evaluation teams are NOT eligible to apply
  • Similar proposals or papers resulting as products from full or partial GDN funded activities cannot be submitted for this competition
  • Past ORD winners and finalists are not eligible to apply with the same or similar research proposal. Winners are not eligible to apply for a period of 3 years subsequent to their submission of a successful proposal
  • Past and current AMC reviewers are not eligible to take part in the competition

Category 2: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP):

  • The MIDP Award is open to all development projects being implemented in low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries.
  • The project must be managed by a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with its headquarters in one of the above eligible countries. The NGO must be non-profit.
  • The project implementation must have started before 01 June, 2016.
  • Submissions concerning a recently started project or only a project idea or a feasibility or baseline study will not be considered.
  • Submissions for funding conferences (either in part or in full) will not be considered.
  • Applicants from previous years (except winners) may re-apply, but they must update the application to include new aspects of the project.
  • Previous MIDP winners are not eligible to apply.
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Eligible Regions: Low Income Countries: Afghanistan, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Haiti Sierra Leone, Burundi, Korea Dem. People’s Rep ,Somalia, Central African Republic, Liberia, South Sudan, Chad, Madagascar, Tanzania, Comoros, Malawi, Togo, Congo Dem. Rep, Mali, Uganda, Eritrea, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nepal, Gambia The, Niger. Middle income countries: Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Congo, Rep., Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti,Egypt, Arab Rep.,El Salvador,Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras,India, Indonesia, Kenya,Kiribati, Kosovo,Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR,Lesotho, Mauritania, Micronesia, Fed. Sts, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar,Nicaragua, Nigeria , Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen Rep, Zambia.



Follow the steps given below:

  • Download the proposal template fill it in and save it on your computer in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.
  • prepare a document providing the profile of your organization and save it on your computer i .doc, .docx or .pdf format.
  • obtain and official document certifying the registration of your non-profit NGO. if the document is not available in English, please provide a translation(non-certified is fine)
  • prepare a single document containing the CV’s of all team member related to the project in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.
  • before starting your application ensure that one of the following browser  is installed n your computer
    • chrome version  22.x (November 2012) or higher
    • Firefox version 16.x (November 2012) or higher
    • Internet Explorer version 9.x( March 2011) or higher
  • go to and log on to GDN’s online submission platform using the link available on the website.
  • click on ‘new User?click here‘ to create new profile. you will be directed to a new page to register your profile. you will receive an email confirming the successful registration of your profile.
  • under the Tab ‘submissions’, click on the ‘add new’button. you will be directed to a new application page where you will be asked to provide the details of the proposal and applicable personal details of each member of the team.
  • Uploading your proposal, organizational profile ans CV’s: click upload. browse and locate the relevant files on your computer and click ‘open’.
  • once you have completed your application, click on ‘save and submit’. you will receive an email notifying you on the successful submission of your application.
  • in case you need to exit the application as complete it at a later time, click on ‘save and continue later’. you may return and complete your application on the online platform before the closing date (16 July, 2017)
  • please submit a specific application only once. In case you have difficulties accessing the online platform for a previously submitted application, please contact

Application Deadline: July 16, 2017

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