We’ll be exploring how 3D printing, Internet of Things, drones and other Frontier Technologies can positively impact development challenges like connectivity, health and education, humanitarian response and production. The funding available will be allocated primarily in response to opportunities and gaps identified through a call to DFID staff. However, we are inviting technology experts on the frontier to register as potential collaborators and suppliers to the programme as well as to propose project ideas which could be picked up by DFID staff
The programme launched on the 1 November and will run until October 2019.
What the fund will achieve
By registering for our programme, you:
- will ensure that your skills and technology offer is known to the Frontier Technology Hub, which will then explore if these match demand in the Frontier Technology Livestreaming programme itself, or are potentially relevant to other opportunities or funds DFID supports
- can propose ideas for projects that, if approved and matched to a need in DFID programmes and countries, could be eligible for up to £100k to pilot new solutions and receive expert support
- will be part of a database of suppliers to scope, design, and implement approved projects. Once projects are approved, we will organise tenders for relevant suppliers. We’ll let all registered companies know about relevant opportunities
We welcome registrations from any frontier technology provider with an application in international development. Although we are open to collaborate with providers at a range of innovation stages, the focus of the programme is on field testing, evidence and experience generation - therefore we particularly welcome technology providers with technologies that can be readily applied. We also encourage registrations from companies that work collaboratively and emphasise learning and sharing their experiences.
Although all types of innovation are welcome, there is a particular early interest in:
- additive manufacturing (3D printing)
- alternative internet delivery
- atmospheric water condensers
- collaborative economy
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or Drones)
- household batteries
- Internet of Things
- smog reducing technologies
- solar desalination
Upon registering, we will send you an email confirming receipt of your information. We will then confirm within a month if you have been added to our database after some initial checks, and at that point send you information about wider DFID innovation funds or initiatives which may be relevant to you. After that we’ll be in touch if specific projects relevant to you come up - we anticipate that the first opportunities will become available in the first half of 2017.
If you have proposed a project, this will be considered for potential inclusion as an “offer” in the Frontier Technology Livestreaming programme and matching with other DFID programmes or funds.
How to apply
The fund is managed by IMC Worldwide as part of the Ideas to Impact programme. If you have any trouble registering or have any other questions please contact FTLenquiries@imcworldwide.com