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The window for submitting Expressions of Interest is now open with a deadline of 16:00 BST (UTC+1) on Tuesday 27 June 2023.  For full information please see the Challenge Handbook, which is available below in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.   

To apply for the GBV Tech Innovation Challenge, submit an Expression of Interest via our Common Grant Application platform: 

This Innovation Challenge is for piloting tech-based interventions relevant to Gender-based Violence (GBV) humanitarian programming, which have the potential to be scaled in the future. By tech-based we mean relating to and dependent on the practical use and application of technology 

Beyond the tech focus, this Challenge takes a broad framing to allow for the most promising GBV-related tech innovations to be supported. Applications must however be able to present the relevance of their intervention to at least one of the 26 priority gaps identified in our 2021 Gap Analysis Report. Some examples of gaps which may be relevant to tech-based interventions include: 

Risk Mitigation:  

  • Women and girls insufficiently engaged when identifying risks, developing mitigation plans and monitoring implementation  
  • Lack of community ownership of risk mitigation activities  


  • Lack of sustained support for those providing essential Psychosocial Support (PSS) and GBV case management services  
  • Lack of coverage and survivor-centeredness of formal and informal legal and justice services, especially in remote locations  


  • Lack of understanding and capacity to ensure that prevention programming is built on evidence-based behaviour change theory, and addresses social norms change at institutional and systemic levels   
  • Lack of attention to GBV experienced by adolescent girls 

Please note that the questions for both the Expression of Interest form and the Full Proposal form are available in the Challenge Handbook. The application forms themselves are only available in English. Applications are only accepted in English and the grant management for the Innovation Challenge including verbal and written reporting must be completed in English.  

This Innovation Challenge looks to identify and support promising tech-based interventions relevant to GBV programming within humanitarian settings.

Get the full details in the challenge handbook

For further information about the challenge, evaluation criteria and application timelines, as well as a glossary of key terms, please read the challenge handbook

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

To apply for the GBV Tech Innovation Challenge, submit an Expression of Interest via our Common Grant Application platform: 

Who do I contact for more information?

You can contact us at, please reference “GBV Tech Challenge” in the subject line, repeated questions will be added to the FAQ. 

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