Global Engagement Opportunities

Global Innovation Exchange Funding Opportunities

The Global Innovation Exchange is a global online marketplace for innovations, funding, insights, resources and conversations, allowing the world to better work together to address humanity’s greatest challenges.

Global Innovation ExchangeWho We Are and Why We’re Here

The Exchange was co-created with over 100 international organizations from across government, business, academia and civil society who wanted to help tackle the following challenges together:

  • How do we ensure the best ideas are getting the right resources?
  • How do we ensure that anyone with a good idea can contribute to international development?
  • How do we make it easier to access the resources available?
  • How can we better connect the supply of solutions with the actual demand for them?
  • How can we reduce the duplication of innovations in development?
  • How do we rapidly expand the most successful innovations and bring them around the world?

The Exchange is also designed to support complementary initiatives around the world including the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, innovation challenges, and innovation initiatives with donors, NGOs, governments, and the private sector. We work collaboratively with other platforms and organizations to amplify and connect their work with the world.

To learn more, visit: https://www.globalinnovationexchange.org/funding

Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge


Do you have idea on new air pollution measurement strategies for wildfire events?Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge Image

Six federal agencies have announced a Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge seeking an accurate, lower-cost, and low-maintenance air quality monitoring system that can be used during a wildfire or controlled fire. The data provided by the sensor system will help federal, state, local and tribal agencies protect the health of first responders and communities affected by the smoke. Developers are encouraged to submit a prototype sensor system that measures fine particulate matter (PM2.5), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3) and carbon dioxide (CO2). The system should be capable of rapid deployment and continuous real-time monitoring of highly dynamic air pollution levels during a fire event. Developers should also aim for designs that are easy to use and self-powered; include location data; and wirelessly transmit data to a central data-receiving station.

Written submissions are due by Nov. 22, 2017 and prototypes must be submitted by Jan. 5, 2018. The sensor systems will be evaluated in government specialty labs based on 1) accuracy over a wide range of pollutant levels, 2) system cost, and 3) operation requirements relevant for wildland fire deployment. All developers who submit prototypes will receive direct feedback on laboratory tests and end user review. The Challenge total award pool is $60,000, which may be awarded in total to one winner if all the requirements are met, or divided into several partial awards. Prize winner(s) will be selected following the conclusion of judging in summer 2018.

The sponsors of the Sensors Challenge are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and National Park Service (NPS). The non-profit organization, Tall Timbers Research Station, is also a partner.

To learn more, visit: www.challenge.gov/challenge/wildland-fire-sensors-challenge

D-PrizeGraphic image for the D-PRIZE website "Distribution equals development"

D-Prize wants to award you up to $20,000 to solve the world's global health, energy, education, and corruption challenges. You make up the next generation of social impact leaders and we want to hear your ideas! Check out our competition, select one of the challenges, and then pitch your two-page idea to D-Prize. Up to 15 winners will be awarded seed capital and given support to launch a pilot. Join the competition at www.d-prize.org.

Beat the rush for @thedprize competition and apply now: www.d-prize.org #getfunded

Jumpstart your social impact career with @thedprize! Apply for the chance to put your idea into practice. www.d-prize.org

Looking to get your #bopbiz idea funded? Apply for @thedprize, which awards grants to ventures distributing poverty-tech!

Logo to the Spartan Think TankSpartan Think Tank

Innovate, Inspire, Compete: Spartan Think Tank

Spartan Think Tank is a fun and interactive program to engage principal investigator-graduate student teams in patenting MSU’s innovative research. The program is designed for graduate students to represent each technology with the support of their PI in a business pitch style competition. Teams enter the competition by completing an invention disclosure form found on our website. All teams get an immediate prize for entering the competition, all technologies will be reviewed for patentability, and cash prizes of $1,000 are given to the best three presentations.

Spartan Think Tank is an excellent opportunity to advance research and build national and international recognition. Patents increase and diversify funding opportunities, and increase the success rate of grant applications such as SBIR, STTR, DARPA, and ARPA-E from the NIH, NSF, DOE, and DOD. Patents also open up funding opportunities within the MSU Innovation Center.

U.S. Aid - Development Innovation Ventures

Development Innovation Ventures

Apply for the Lab's Development Innovation Ventures (DIV). DIV looks for compelling new development solutions in a year-round competition, rigorously tests them, and helps scale those that are proven successful to reach millions of beneficiaries around the world.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants for Dire Needs Overseas

Photo of Laura Bailey (2014) speaking to some residents of Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaThe purpose of the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grant for Dire Needs Overseas Undergraduate is to identify and fund the most outstanding projects which will serve dire human needs in countries other than the U.S. The grants must be used within a 12-month period to make an impact that will help alleviate dire human needs. The amount awarded depends on available funds and project scope. Typical grant funding is $1,200 for a Level I award and $1,800 for a Level II award.

For deadlines, applications and other information about the grants, visit the MSU Honors College websitehttp://honorscollege.msu.edu/schoenl