The Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) is a unique new mechanism that has been designed to accelerate progress on SDG14 by the identifying, financing, advising and mentoring of truly innovative, entrepreneurial and creative approaches to the ocean and coastal restoration and protection that sustains livelihoods and advances the ’blue economy’.
The Ocean Innovation Challenge is issuing a series of ‘Ocean Challenges’ or Requests for Proposals, each focused on a specific SDG14 target. Initial concepts may 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 first ‘Challenge’ opens here on 8 January 2020.
The first ‘Ocean Challenge’, launched on 8 January 2020, seeks innovative solutions to counter the scourge of ocean pollution. Nutrient pollution loads to the oceans have tripled since pre-industrial times, now approaching around 13 million metric tons (mt) per year, leading to exponential growth in eutrophication and the occurrence of hypoxia (low oxygen) areas, now numbering over 500 and causing hundreds of billions of dollars in economic damage annually.
The OIC’s first Ocean Challenge focuses on SDG14.1, Ocean pollution, with a strong focus on nutrients and plastics from land-based sources (such as agriculture, wastewater, and poorly managed solid waste) while recognizing that ocean-based sources are also important sources for some types of plastics pollution (such as abandoned/lost fishing nets).
- Concepts passing initial review and meeting OIC criteria will be invited to submit full proposals for further internal and external (“peer”) review and consideration.
- Grants range from 50,000 USD to 250,000 USD and project time frames can range from one to two years. Project proposals must be implemented in and benefit stakeholders in developing countries but may be submitted by applicants in either developing or developed countries.
- All proposals should include a special focus on ensuring gender equity, livelihoods of the poor and poverty eradication.
Who can Apply?
Proposals can be submitted by
- Private entities (including start-ups)
- Academic institutions
- United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations
How to Apply?
- Interested candidates can submit their solutions online by clicking here.
- In April 2020, successful applicants to the first round will be invited to submit a more detailed project proposal before 25 April 2020.
- OIC Award-winners will be announced at the 2nd UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, 2-6 June 2020.
- The last date to submit your solutions is March 5, 2020.
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