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Fit for the future call

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Fondation Botnar have launched a call for innovative proposals that aim to leverage data and frontier technologies to create rapid impact for and with young people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

A call for innovative proposals that leverage data and frontier technologies for the health and wellbeing of young people

Young people (those between the ages of 10-24) should be central actors in shaping the world they live in. They are some of the earliest adopters of new digital applications, and we believe there is an untapped potential of frontier technologies to address their health and wellbeing, increasing their resilience and transforming cities into healthy and safe environments where young people can thrive.

We act as a catalyst, connecting diverse partners and investing in bold, innovative, scalable and high-impact artificial intelligence (AI) and digital approaches to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in growing urban environments around the world. We see ourselves as taking a catalytic role in funding projects that ensure young people can realise the fullest of their potential, both for themselves and the future of their communities.

Against this backdrop, we are inviting for truly pioneering implementation project proposals that leverage this combined potential of frontier technologies, including artificial intelligence, innovative digital tools, and data-based platforms to advance the health and wellbeing of young people living in cities in low- and middle-income countries. The thematic areas for this call are:

  • Data-driven preventative interventions that address the social, environmental and behavioral determinants of health and wellbeing, and
  • Inclusive and participatory learning in the 21st century.

The proposals are expected to have a minimum funding volume of CHF 200,000 and a duration of between two to five years. The total available amount available for this call is CHF 10 million.

Learn more about this call for proposals by reading our AI/Digital Program Manager, Siddhartha Jha’s recent blog: Investing in young people’s wellbeing and their future, and by downloading the full call for proposals here.  You can view the frequently asked questions document related to this call here.

Key dates

  • 17 February 2020 12pm CET: Application submissions open
  • 14 April 2020 3pm CET: Deadline for applications

Thematic areas

Preventative and data-driven interventions that address the social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health and wellbeing

Preventative approaches and early stage interventions are often more cost effective and sustainable than only treatment-focused initiatives. Digital tools and platforms and the predictive power of data have the potential to play a crucial role in helping communities become more resilient and empowered, as well as to improve the quality and efficiency of decision-making and public service delivery. Therefore, we are inviting proposals for community-based and technology-enabled interventions in rapidly growing urban environments.

Inclusive and participatory learning in the 21st century

The urban youth population will need new skills for their future wellbeing. If we don’t recognise this, we will be failing to invest in our future changemakers and community leaders. At Fondation Botnar, we aim to support young people in developing digital, personal and social skills, to maximise opportunities and instill an entrepreneurial approach to solving problems. Therefore, we are inviting proposals that leverage data-driven and AI-enabled approaches for inclusive and participatory learning.

We will not consider proposals related to infrastructure investments.


Geographical focus areas for this call are urban environments in Romania, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, India (Rajasthan or Odisha), Vietnam, Colombia, Ecuador or Indonesia.

Projects having multiple implementation sites should have at least 50% of the budget dedicated to implementation in one or more of the above countries or states. Projects targeting implementation in rapidly growing secondary cities will be preferred.

It is also crucial that your work is in line with Fondation Botnar’s principles. Information about the principles can be found in the Fit for the future call document.

Application and review process

Successful applications will undergo a two stage application and competitive review process.

Additional resources

The Future Now.
For Young People

Fondation Botnar
St. Alban-Vorstadt 56
4052 Basel
+41 61 201 04 74