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Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and Beyond

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Businesses, Foundations,
and IHEs to Develop Solutions for Addressing the Coronavirus Crisis

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United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) - ITPO Network

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Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International businesses, foundations, associations, research centers, and academic institutions to develop innovative solutions and technologies for responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and its aftermath in developing countries. Funding is intended to promote creative ideas for dealing with the effects of the pandemic and strengthening economies in developing countries. Proposal may be at any level of development, from early stage ideas to scaled up projects, including innovative technologies under testing and evidence collection.

The Global Call is aimed at identifying “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond,” namely scalable solutions to cope with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 in developing countries and economies in transition, and their respective needs in the transition to post-crisis socioeconomic realities in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The Global call seeks to create a virtuous cycle of connections between the private, academic, financial, and institutional world to fight COVID-19 and lay the foundations for the recovery. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to the winners to present their own innovative ideas and technologies to potential partners in the UNIDO network and to benefit from ad hoc promotional and networking support provided by the organization.

Strategic categories:

  1. Health Emergency:
    • Telemedicine
    • Biotechnologies and digital health
    • Prevention and control
  2. Energy and Environment:
    • Medical waste management and recycling
    • Renewable energy for healthcare
    • Water management
  3. Food and Agriculture:
    • Smart food logistics and distribution
    • Urban farming
    • Inclusive local market ecosystems
  4. Resilient Industries and Infrastructure:
    • Manufacturing of protective and medical equipment
    • Distributed networks and fabrication laboratories ("fablabs")
    • New organizational models

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GrantWatch ID#: 190438

Number of Grants:

4 winners; one for each category

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The winners will be offered the following services:
- Opportunity to participate as a keynote speaker and guest of honor at the final Award Ceremony;
- Realization of an ad hoc web page on the winner innovative idea and/or technology within the UNIDO’s institutional website and assistance in defining a promotional strategy;
- Opportunity to make use of an exhibition pass and booth space at EuroScience Open Forum 2020 (ESOF2020) to be held in September 2020 in Trieste (Italy);
- Showcase of winning proposals at Expo Dubai to be held in 2021;
- Honest brokering services to access, through ad hoc promotional activities, to the worldwide UNIDO and ITPOs network with the aim to guarantee the maximum visibility to the winner proposal and foster the conclusion of international technical, financial and academic partnerships;
- Advisory and mentorship services concerning the awarded project

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The proposal can be submitted by:
- Micro, small, medium, and large companies;
- Startups;
- Research centers, incubators, technology transfer offices, university spin-offs, and academia;
- Public-Private Partnerships;
- Associations, business consortia and company networks, NGOs, private foundations.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by June 30, 2020.

Each participant can submit a maximum of 2 applications.

Winners will be contacted in the days following the date of closure of the call for proposals and invited to take part to the Award Ceremony in live streaming scheduled on July 14, 2020 in compliance with the ongoing measures taken worldwide to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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UNIDO New York Office
Room DC1-1118
1, United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Tel: +1 (212) 963 6890, +1 (212) 963 6885
Fax: +1 (212) 963-7904

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