The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently launched the Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) to accelerate progress on SDG 14: Life Below Water. The OIC is seeking innovations that are transferable, replicable and scalable. Grants range from $50,000 to $250,000. The first of several planned OICs focuses on SDG 14.1:Reduce Marine Pollution
The criteria for applicants are as follows:
- The innovations to be submitted can include technological as well as cutting edge policy, regulatory, financial, economic or other actions that address either sea-based or land-based sectors.
- Initial concepts can be submitted by public or private entities, including governments, private companies (including start-ups), NGO/CSO, United Nations entities, academic institutions, and intergovernmental organizations.
- The Challenge must be implemented in and benefit stakeholders in developing countries but may be submitted by developing or developed country proponents.
For more information and to submit a preliminary concept, peruse the Ocean Innovation Challenge website at: www.oceaninnovationchallenge.org.