The Global Development Awards Competition is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with the generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan. The Awards Competition recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries and funds innovative social development projects benefiting marginalized groups in the developing world. Since its inception in 2000, GDN has provided US$ 3.8 million in awards and travel grants to finalists and winners.
The awards are divided into two categories:
Category 1: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)
The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) is a competitive research grant program that identifies and funds outstanding research proposals submitted by researchers from developing countries and transition economies that have a high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues in any of the three research sub-themes.
Category 2: Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)
The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project is a competitive grant program that provides grants worth US$ 45,000 to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) located in developing countries torecognize the innovative approach of their grassroots projects. The Award targets projects currently at the stage of implementation, and which have a high potential for impact targeting exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups located in developing and transition countries.
Research Proposals for the Awards will be considered in following sub-themes
- Skilling for Agriculture
- Skilling for Manufacturing
- Skilling for Digital Technologies
- Category 1: First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 10,000; Third Prize: US$ 5,000
- Category 2: First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 10,000; Third Prize: US$ 5,000
*The first prize winner of category 2 is also eligible to compete under the Japan Social Development Fund for an additional grant of up to US$ 200,000 to scale up their innovative work.