2015 Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery Challenge Fund

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015.

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) new competitive Challenge Fund seeks to pilot new and innovative approaches to overcome these challenges and strengthen disaster and climate risk decision-making in developing countries.

This Challenge Fund seeks to provide small grants to projects that address the challenge in bridging the gap between technology and on-the-ground user needs in the field of disaster risk identification.

  • Risk identification is seen at the foundation of all disaster risk management decision-making, whether risk reduction, preparedness, financial protection, or resilient recovery.
  • The Fund seeks to support the development of data, products and approaches to support disaster risk management decision making and build resilience, including through better information, but also strengthening key steps in moving from information to insight and behavior change.

Grant Funding

  • First Phase:

Category 1: up to USD 50,000

A proposal that builds on existing initiatives and requires new tools or approaches to achieve a greater impact.

Category 2: up to USD 100,000  

Proposals funded under Category 2 aim to demonstrate a fully innovative approach to an intractable challenge, and therefore may require more funding to get them off the ground.

Second Phase: up to USD 150,000

Proposals that have demonstrated success in the first round may be eligible for further funding. Success will be determined a demonstrated uptake from the first round and the potential scalability of the project.

Application procedures

Step 1: Send in a short (5 page maximum) application defining the problem statement and your proposed solution [see Template document attached below] to Emma Phillips: ephillips@worldbank.org

Step 2: Proposals will be reviewed by the Expert Working Group . This will be based on the outlined criteria. Up to 20 proposals will be selected for funding.

Step 3: Once successful teams have incorporated feedback, the lead of the proposal team will submit a more detailed proposal. This team member needs to fulfill the noted criteria and submit a detailed technical proposal and financial proposal as soon as possible or by August 3, 2015.

Step 4: Grant funding will be transferred following completion of contractual arrangements with the World Bank Group. Teams will have 6 – 12 months to complete this pilot project.

Public Announcements of the Proposals Funded in this Round will be made in September 2015.

Step 5: Projects evaluated after 6 – 12 months to have high potential for positive impact may be eligible for further funding under the second phase.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery Challenge Fund



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