The Innovation Impact Grant Programme is an initiative launched by the organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai which aims to fund novel and innovative solutions that encapsulate the spirit of the theme 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'. The focus areas for funding are the sub-theme areas of 'Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability'. Successful applicants will demonstrate how new innovations or the innovative application of existing solutions addressing global challenges could lead to impressive impacts at community level.
There will be two submissions a year, with the next applications opening in October 2018. Apart from grant funding, successful grant recipients will also have access to networking and partnership opportunities, marketing and communications exposure, as well as additional funding enabling their solutions to be showcased during Expo 2020 Dubai. The Innovation Impact Grant Programme provides grants up to US$100,000 with funding levels depending on the stage of maturity of the project, its capacity to implement and grow, and the extent of its impacts in the sub-theme areas as well as at community level.
Expo Organisers have reported that 2,300 applications from 136 countries have already been received and 70 Global Innovations from 42 countries have been selected. Innovators from Malta can likewise be part of this community. Eligible applicants such as social entrepreneurs, SMEs, NGOs and even government related entities, are encouraged to explore this opportunity. Projects related to youth empowerment and/or initiated by the youths can also participate through their schools and universities or community-based organisations.
More information can be found through the Innovation Impact Grant Programme portal: https://www.expo2020dubai.com/expo-live/Innovation.