Updated Jan 16, 2019CLOSED

UNICEF Innovation Funding

Offered by United Nations Children's Fund as part of UNICEF Innovation

Are you using new sources of data such as satellite imagery or social media and applying data science or artificial intelligence techniques to understand the physical world that we live in?
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CLOSEDFeb 28, 2019Deadline
Up to $100,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept
Implemented in:
CountryMongolia, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Cape Verde, Brazil, Belize, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Afghanistan, Guinea, Guatemala, Georgia, Gambia, The, Gabon, Fiji, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Ecuador, Djibouti, Cuba, Croatia, Costa Rica, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Colombia, China, Chile, Chad, Cameroon, Cambodia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Botswana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Benin, Belarus, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Angola, Algeria, Albania, Grenada, Haiti, Sao Tome and Principe, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Nauru, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Malawi, Lebanon, Kiribati, Senegal, Rwanda, Romania, Qatar, Peru, Palestinian Territories, Oman, North Korea, Nigeria, Nepal, Namibia, Mozambique, Morocco, Moldova, Mexico, Mali, Malaysia, Macedonia, Libya, Liberia, Lesotho, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Jordan, Jamaica, Iraq, Montenegro, Kosovo, India, Honduras, Guinea-Bissau, Egypt, Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Bhutan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Togo, Timor-Leste, Tajikistan, Suriname, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, Uganda, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Vietnam, Venezuela, Turkey, Tunisia, Thailand, Tanzania, Syria, Swaziland, Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Madagascar, Kazakhstan, Iran, Myanmar, Tonga, Pakistan and Yemen
Focus AreasAll Sectors and AI
All Sectors and Technology

You must be registered as a private company in a UNICEF programme country.

We are currently looking to invest in companies that are using data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence or similar technologies to build solutions that respond to the following questions:

-Applying deep learning to analyze satellite imagery and automatically map infrastructure such as schools, health centers, roads or cell towers
-Using digital footprints from sources like social media or mobility patterns to understand public spaces
-Exploring ML/AI techniques to help us better understand the physical world that we live in and its rapidly changing environments

Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries
Relevance of solution for children and young people, problem-solution fit and potential for application at global scale.
Management TeamWomen led projects are encouraged to apply
OtherYou are working on open source technology solutions or willing to be open-source under the following licenses or their equivalent: BSD (software), CERN (hardware), or CC-BY (content)REQUIRED

Application Directions

Interested companies are required to complete and submit the EOI (Expression of Interest) Response form and provide the information and supporting documents indicated in the form. EOIs Response forms must be submitted through the online platform.

Application And Awards Process

We encourage you to submit your application when ready as we will be reviewing on an ongoing basis. Only shortlisted companies will be contacted and then requested to submit a more in-depth proposal.



Past Funded Innovations Of UNICEF Innovation Funding

NOV 2018
  • $1,000PENDING
    1. TITLEScaling up
    2. TYPEGrant
    3. FOCUS AREASBasic Education
    4. IMPLEMENTED INZimbabwe
    5. FUNDINGUNICEF Innovation Funding
    6. ORGANIZATIONUnited Nations Children's FundUnited Nations Children's Fund as part of UNICEF InnovationUNICEF Innovation
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