UOS – Global Innovation Fund – Permanent Call

The Global Innovation Fund (GIF) is a non-profit, impact-first investment fund headquartered in London with offices in Washington, D.C., Nairobi and Singapore. It invests in the development, rigorous testing, and scaling of innovations targeted at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. GIF believes that the best ideas for solving some of the world’s most critical problems can come from anyone, anywhere. Through its grants and risk capital, the Fund helps breakthrough solutions to global development challenges from for-profit firms, non-profit organisations, researchers, and government agencies to maximise their impact and affect meaningful change.

GIF supports innovations on their path to scale and therefore supports innovators in a staged funding approach from early-stage field pilots (with funding up to 230K USD) right through to large-scale implementation (up to 15M USD). Innovations must be focussed on those living in poverty and ready to be applied in a real-word setting. The innovations must be informed by evidence and generate new knowledge on what works. Theoretical research, or purely lab-based activities that are not linked to implementation are not eligible for funding. 

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