Amplify: collaborative challenge fund

An open and agile challenge fund focusing on sourcing early stage ideas to tackle emerging development challenges.

The Amplify challenge fund is now closed for applications. There will be no additional funding windows.

Overview

Amplifywas a 6-year, £10.1 million programme in partnership with IDEO.org. It consisted of a series of 8 open and agile challenges focusing on sourcing early stage ideas to tackle emerging development challenges in DFID’s priority countries for which we do not have a blueprint solution.

Amplify funded grantees which were outside DFID’s traditional funding pool, especially small community-based organisations. The programme supported 5 to 8 actors per challenge with around $100,000 each, in additional to technical support over a period of 18 months. Each challenge was run on the OPENIDEO online platform where participants share innovative ideas and collaborate to improve their contributions.

The challenge process was a twist on the traditional challenge fund model. Rather than a closed, competitive bidding process, the Amplify process was open to anyone, and participants could see, give feedback and collaborate on the solutions proposed. The process was also open to those who simply wish to contribute research and insights on the current challenge.

How to apply

The Amplify challenge fund is now closed for applications. There will be no additional funding windows.

Contacts

DFID contact: Luisa Ernst

Published 21 October 2014
Last updated 31 August 2017 + show all updates
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