IID Challenge Grants Program: Mainstreaming Innovation for Inclusive Development (IID) Research in Southeast Asia

IID Challenge Grants Program is a small grants program initiated by the Universities and Councils Network on Innovation for Inclusive Development in Southeast Asia(UNIID-SEA), and its partner research councils the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Dewan Riset Nasional (DRN), National Council for Science & Technology Policy, Vietnam (NCSTP).

The IID Challenge Grants Program will be implemented in four countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, from May 2014 to October 2014.

The program will award grants up to USD 15,730 in each country to support action researches that offer innovative solutions to poverty and exclusion issues faced by a partner community.

   Deadline for submission of capsule proposal is extended to June 30, 2014

 Download: IID Challenge Call for Proposals | IID Challenge Application Form



UNIID-SEA, supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is launching the “IID CHALLENGE GRANTS PROGRAM”, a new research program that will promote IID in development research, innovation and project management.

Inclusive innovation is at the heart of innovation for inclusive development, or IID, which is broadly defined as “innovation that aims to reduce poverty, and enables as many groups of people, especially the poor and marginalized, to participate in decision-making, create and actualize opportunities, and share the benefits of development” (IID Program Prospectus, IDRC, 2011).



Program Description and Objectives

This grants program will:

  1. Introduce IID as a strategy for innovation research to achieve national development goals and targets for inclusive development.
  2. Enable participation by the target communities and community-based groups (e.g. POs, cooperatives) – traditionally referred to as beneficiaries, now deemed as co-proponents and project partners – and intermediaries such as local government agencies, private sector, academe and civil society organizations (e.g. NGOs and development-oriented groups) to increase the project’s usability, acceptability to the partner community, and ownership by the community for sustainability.

Apart from introducing IID as a research and innovation theme, this grants program will also introduce process innovations in research development, evaluation and management:

  • Expanding the list of eligible research proponents. The program requires that the target community, community-based groups, and intermediary groups (e.g. local government, private sector, academe or NGOs) be co-proponents of the research project.
  • Introducing IID criteria for research evaluation. The program will introduce proposal and post-project evaluation criteria for IID, and assess the IID readiness (proposals stage) and IID performance (project implementation) of the proponents and their partner community, and the immediate social impact of the project, based on community feedback.
  • Including the community as a target user of the research output. Aside from the conventional research paper, the program will also require the submission of a non-conventional research output* that can be used and understood by the target community.

*Examples of non-conventional research outputs are : Training course modules, Activity Guides (e.g. guide for workshops, FGDs, stakeholder interviews, etc.), Annotated infographics, Instructional videos, Project blog, Project Presentations (PPT, video), Functional App for Mobile Phone, Non-conventional modes to facilitate awareness-building and learning, Comics, Community role-playing, Artistic presentation (plays, photo essays, poster-making, etc.), Collective Decision-making outputs, Documentation of community planning and decision-making, Community plans, Community Organizational Designs

Target Proponents

To promote more inclusive and collaborative project development and implementation, the program requires the grant applicant to be a TEAM who will jointly propose and implement the project (once chosen as a grantee).

A project team must at least be composed of:

  1. Community partner (Required) – An individual, authority or group based in the target community/communities*. The community partner will facilitate the necessary community acceptance, engagement, and eventual ownership of the project.
    *The program intends the facilitate the participation of poor and/or marginalized groups: low-income or no-income households with low or no access to basic resources and service; marginalized sectors (e.g. informal workers, women and children, persons-with-disability, persons with liabilities in law, indigenous peoples, small-scale rural industries); vulnerable groups such as stateless peoples, people in conflict-torn areas, communities living in disaster-prone areas or hazard zones, informal settlers.
  2. Research partner (Required) – Individual or a group of researchers or technical persons who will facilitate the research process, consolidate key inputs, and translate findings and results into tangible outputs and usable forms (e.g. research report, framework, process flows, business plan, presentations, tools, etc.)
  3. Intermediary partner (Required) – An institution/organization (or a unit/segment within an institution/organization) from government, private sector, academe or civil society who will be able to provide additional technical, financial and/or administrative support to the project, and aid in sustainability planning and continuity of project implementation after the grant period.

The IID Challenge Grants Program will be implemented in four countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Research & Priority Areas

The IID Challenge Program will support ACTION RESEARCH projects that:

  1. Seek or offer innovative solutions (new or enhanced product, process, paradigm/point-of-view, or position/location) to persisting poverty-related or social exclusion issues — and the developmental needs stemming from these issues — faced by an identified partner community or communities.
  2. Utilize approaches and methods that enable more inclusive and collaborative problem-solving such as participatory research, citizen science, and human-centered design.

The proposed project may seek to address any of the following research areas:

Food security
• Enhancing food access and safety.
• Introducing alternative sources of food and nutrition.
• Enhance productivity and resilience of small-scale farmers, fishers, and other local agricultural or food production activities.

Access to clean and low-cost energy and water
• Improving access to energy and water (from traditional or non-traditional sources).
• Introducing alternative sources of energy.
• Water system development, improvement, and/or management in areas without access to potable water.
• Improving water quality.

Improving health and sanitation
• Improving access to quality and affordable medicines and health services.
• Utilization of herbal/traditional/alternative medicine.
• Improving capability to control communicable diseases.
• Promoting appropriate sanitation practices in poor and remote communities.

Natural resource management and climate change adaptation
• Harmonizing environmental and development policies for the protection and sustainable use of natural resources.
• Sustainable use of land (including forests), coastal, and marine resources.
• Promoting sustainable development and climate change awareness through education and public participation.
• Building disaster-resilient communities.

Human security and development
• Improving social welfare and protection.
• Improving access to quality education and capability-building for poor communities and marginalized sectors (women and children, elderly, indigenous people, persons-with-disability).
• Introducing new learning and capability-building models (e.g. alternative learning systems).

Project Duration

Projects should be completed within six months to one year.

Available Grant Fund

The available grant fund under this program is PhP 2,800,000 (USD 62,939.74), with an allocation of PhP 700,000 (USD 15,734.93) per country (Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam).

In each country applicants may apply for either the following grant categories:

  1. PhP 350,000 Grant (approximately USD7,860), especially if the project will have counterpart funding from partners
  2. PhP 700,000 Grant (approximately USD15,730)

Applicants should indicate in their proposal the grant category they are applying for.

Note: Philippine Peso to U.S. Dollar conversation rate as of 21 April 2014: USD1.00 = PHP44.49

Capsule Proposal Submission

Interested applicants can download the capsule proposal template from this link.

Shortlisted applicants will be requested to submit a full proposal for final evaluation.

Completed capsule proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in “.doc”, “.docx” or “.pdf” format. Applicants should put IID Challenge Capsule Proposal_(Full Name of Applicant)_(Country) as the Subject of the email. (Example: IID Challenge Capsule Proposal_Mary Grace Santos_Philippines)


Program Timeline and Important Dates

The Call for Proposals to the awarding of the selected grantees will be from MAY to JULY 2014.

IMPORTANT DATES :                                                                                                                       (Updated as of May 23)

MAY 1 Release of the Call for Proposals in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam
JULY 1-6 Evaluation of Capsule Proposals with the partner councils
JULY 7 Announcement of shortlisted proposals
AUGUST 8-13 Evaluation of Full Proposals with the partner councils
AUGUST 14-19 Validation of project details and site visit by partner councils
AUGUST 20-31 Awarding of Grants to selected grantees by the NRCP

All grant projects are expected to commence by August 2014.


Criteria for Proposal Evaluation

The program will utilize the following general criteria for proposal evaluation:

  1. RESPONSIVENESS TO TARGET COMMUNITY (20%). Assessing the appropriateness, responsiveness and sufficiency of the project to address the identified need/ issue by the community.
  2. IID-READINESS (30%). Assessing the specific innovation/s to be introduced, the level of community participation and engagement in the various stages of the proposed project, and the readiness of the community and partner intermediary to participate in the project.
  3. PROJECT FEASIBILITY (30%). Assessing the feasibility and soundness of the project based on the objectives, target outcomes, work plan, timeline, budget, and specified resources that are available (human, physical and financial).
  4. PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY AND REPLICABILITY (20%). Assessing the potential for project sustainability, especially by the partner community, beyond the grant period, and the potential for replication in other localities or in other countries.

Program Inquiries

All program inquiries should be addressed to the UNIID-SEA Project Secretariat. Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call our project personnel at the Ateneo School of Government via telephone numbers +63 2 426 6001 local 4639 (trunkline) or +63 2 929 7035 (telefax).

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Ateneo School of Government
Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road, Social Development Complex, Ateneo De Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, 
Philippines 1108

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