Description about the Innovation Challenge
“Integrating agroecological approaches into agricultural advisory services” is the title of the Innovation Challenge 2021, conducted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) global project “Agricultural Policy and Innovation Fund (FABI)“. For its innovation component, FABI has set itself the goal to apply instruments successfully to promote innovation in the agricultural and food sector. In order to achieve this goal, innovations are identified, promoted, and receive support in their dissemination. FABI is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Thus, the Innovation Challenge 2021 aims to identify and promote new and innovative concepts, ideas, and tools in an agricultural advisory that have the potential to spread agroecological approaches widely.
Who can apply?
The Innovation Challenge is open to consortia of public, private and non-profit organizations with long-term experiences in agricultural extension and advisory (including universities, research institutions, NGOs, farmers associations, public and private extension and advisory services, start-ups, and SMEs). Consortia must be represented by an international institution as the main applicant. A strong private-partner involvement and engagement is a further prerequisite.
How to apply?
All applications must adhere to the Conditions for Participation. Only applications which include all requested information and a letter of intent by all consortium members will be considered for evaluation. The Innovation Challenge 2021 will be conducted in English.
Selection process and prizes
Pre-selected consortia will have the opportunity to present their proposal and innovative ideas in the form of 15-minute online pitches to the selection jury. The six top-ranked consortia will be awarded 50,000 Euros for a five-month period to refine and further develop the initial concept (proof of concept). Out of the six consortia, the three consortia with the most promising concepts will be finally awarded additional 100.000 Euros for a one-year Innovation Partnership. For Innovation Partnerships that prove to be particularly successful there will be an opportunity to receive additional funding in the future.
- For submission: 31 May 2021
- First selection (six consortia): June – July 2021
- Proof of concept: September 2021 – January 2022
- Second selection (three consortia): February 2022
- Implementation: April 2022 – March 2023
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