AstraZeneca’s Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3 (US$50,000 grant & Fully Funded to One Young World Summit 2023 in Belfast, Northern Ireland)

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022

Along with harming human health, air pollution can cause a variety of environmental effects which exacerbates climate change, contaminates ecosystems, and kills plants and animals(7).

For this Challenge, One Young World is seeking innovative, youth-led projects which tackle the causes of air pollution and focus on the long-term health of young people.

  • Projects which focus on individual behaviour change, new technologies, or multi-stakeholder advocacy approaches to change laws/policies.
  • Sustainable solutions which can be scaled up to be implemented in other communities
  • Projects should focus on cities or communities with high levels of air pollution or pollution-related illness. A preference will be given to projects which operate in a low- or lower-middle- income country or setting.
  • Projects should be youth-led, where young people (30 and under) are involved in the design or delivery of the initiative, and where the long-term health of young people is at the heart of the solution.
  • Projects should also focus equally on tackling air pollution (indoor or outdoor) and its link to long-term health.
  • Projects with a focus on the health of women and girls are preferred.


This Lead2030 Challenge will be supported by AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme. To be eligible for this grant, the funding must be payable to a registered non-profit organisation that is accountable for delivering the project.

  • Aligned: Evidently aligned with the challenge.
  • Youth-led: Founded and led by a person aged 18 – 30.
  • Focused: Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
  • Market ready: Product/service already in market or ready to go to market.
  • Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, creating legislative change or measuring behaviour change.
  • Measurable: Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.
  • Financially viable: Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.
  • Scalable: Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.


The winning solution will receive:

  • A US$50,000 grant from AstraZeneca Young Health Programme
  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of AstraZeneca Young Health Programme professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organisation, such as:
    • Business strategy
    • Best practices for data collection
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Product design
  • Participation in the One Young World Summit 2023 in Belfast. Flights and accomodation included.
  • The opportunity to join AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme (YHP) Alumni Group. The YHP Alumni Group offers learning and development opportunities and networking between Grantees as well as young leaders who have received YHP Scholarships. In the past, Alumni Members have been offered mini-MBA programmes, opportunities to share their work with global audiences, and masterclasses on fundraising and digital skills to build effective health-promotion programmes.
  • Visibility and promotion by AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme and the One Young World team


  • 30 November 2022: Applications close.
  • 15 December 2022: Shortlisted candidates confirmed and invited to submit second round application.
  • 5 January 2023: Second round application deadline.
  • 1 – 15 February 2023: Candidate interviews.
  • 25 February 2023: Challenge Winner confirmed.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AstraZeneca’s Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3


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