Scaling humanitarian innovation remains a critical challenge for the global humanitarian community.
Too often promising innovations fail to gain traction and wider uptake. This means work and resources are wasted, and great ideas don’t reach their full potential. In a resource-constrained sector, there is a need to generate greater impact from investments in innovation.
In direct response to this challenge, we are launching the second round of Journey to Scale.
Journey to Scale (J2S) is aimed at humanitarian innovators who have successfully piloted their solution in at least one humanitarian setting and are now looking to scale up its impact.
Journey to Scale will provide initial support for ten shortlisted teams to develop scaling strategies for their innovations.
We will then award five teams with the strongest proposals flexible funding of up to 580,000 GBP each to explore different scale pathways and refine their approach.
J2S includes two phases: Strategy Development and Strategy Implementation.
Following an open application process, ten innovation teams will be selected to take part in the Strategy Development phase. The teams will receive mentoring and support to develop a comprehensive scaling vision and strategy. At the end of the Strategy Development phase, we will bring the teams together for a workshop to learn from each other and to finalise their scaling strategies. Up to 10,000 GBP will be available to each team to support this phase.
At the end of the Strategy Development phase, the ten teams will be invited to submit their Phase 2 proposal, including their scaling strategy. The five strongest proposals will progress to the Strategy Implementation phase, receiving up to 580,000 GBP each in grant funding.
In addition to financial support, we will also offer one-to-one mentorship for each team throughout the grant period, as well as workshops to strengthen their scaling capacity, further opportunities for peer learning through the grantee cohort, and access to our network of former grantees and humanitarian partners.
For further information about Journey to Scale, the application and evaluation process and timelines, please read the J2S handbook.
We will be hosting an optional webinar for those interested in applying to J2S on 27 January 2020, 13:00-14:00 GMT.
The webinar will discuss the overall structure of J2S, the evaluation criteria and support package offered.
The webinar will be recorded and available on our website.
To apply for J2S, complete the Phase 1 application via our Common Grant Application platform.
To be eligible to apply to J2S:
For further information about eligibility requirements and success criteria, see J2S handbook.
No. We welcome applications of innovations that address challenges in any sector(s) of humanitarian action. Innovations can involve either directly empowering or supporting people affected by crises, or providing services to other humanitarian actors.
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J2S will launch on 13 January 2020 with Phase 1 applications opening on this date.
There will be an optional webinar (sign-up here) for interested applicants on 27 January 2020, 13:00-14:00 GMT. The webinar will discuss the overall structure of J2S, the evaluation criteria and support package offered. The webinar will be recorded and available on this website.
The deadline for Phase 1 applications is 14 February 2020, 23:59 GMT.
The ten teams selected to join the Strategy Development phase of J2S will be announced in late April 2020.
Phase 2 applications will be open from 1 September to 28 September 2020. The five selected teams will undergo final due diligence and contracting in November 2020 and will start implementing their scaling strategies in December 2020.
For further information about the structure of J2S and key milestones, see J2S Handbook
Both Phase 1 and Phase 2 applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:
For a detailed explanation of each criterion and an overview of the application and evaluation process, please read the J2S handbook.
We’re here to help. For any questions that are not covered by the J2S Handbook or this FAQ section, please email us at email@example.com, referencing ‘Journey to Scale’ in the subject line.
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