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Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities

Fondation Botnar provides a range of funding opportunities to enable pioneering research and innovation, and to help realise ground-breaking initiatives within our.

Before applying for a grant from Fondation Botnar, please ensure you have reviewed our website and read the below page carefully to increase the likelihood of receiving a funding award.

Receiving a grant from Fondation Botnar means that you commit to upholding our values and principles.

Grantees must ensure that innovations are affordable, accessible and equitable for the target populations in need. Adherence to the Principles for Digital Development and IP aimed at serving the public good have the highest priority for Fondation Botnar.

Fondation Botnar grantees are subject to at least annual technical and financial reporting requirements. It is also expected that organisations receiving funding from Fondation Botnar are undergoing regular external audits.

For Botnar Research Centre for Child Health (BRCCH) application rounds, see here for application details.

Our areas of strategic focus

Fondation Botnar finances projects in the following areas

AI and digital for the next generation

Fondation Botnar believes in the revolutionary potential of integrating innovative and digital solutions, including artificial intelligence, digital platforms and innovative products into services for children and adolescents, taking a human-centred design approach. We believe this approach will drive catalytic change at the household, community and city systems levels.

Cities fit for young people

Fondation Botnar believes in the potential of children and adolescents in growing secondary cities is the most at-risk of not being realised. A secondary city will likely have a population or economy ranging in size between 10 – 50% of a nation’s largest city. We seek to engage and support cities that are willing and able to test and scale new artificial intelligence (AI) and digital solutions to secure children and adolescent health and wellbeing.

Research for children and adolescents

Fondation Botnar promotes the application of multidisciplinary basic, translational and applied research to develop new solutions, including artificial intelligence (AI) and digital, where appropriate, for children and adolescents’ health and wellbeing.

Grant types

Fondation Botnar distinguishes between three different types of funding.

Research grants

Fondation Botnar supports research projects ranging from innovation, validation to implementation, all with the aim of understanding and developing sustainable solutions for children and adolescents and the systems that support them.

Fondation Botnar allocates a total of CHF 9 million for research projects annually. While research grants can be awarded for any amount, the funding amount requested will be scrutinized against the project scope and potential impact.

Geographical focus: Applications that focus on the below countries are preferred but strong applications that demonstrate potential impact in other resource-limited settings are also considered.

Romania, Tanzania, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Senegal, India, Morocco, Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Read more about our previous Research Call for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing.

Application window

Next application window opens in 2020

Implementation grants

Implementation grants involve long-term implementation projects that generate scalable impact. Fondation Botnar allocates a total of CHF 48 million for funding and co-creation of projects and programs together with organisations with well-developed local networks annually. While implementation grants can be awarded for any amount, the funding amount requested will be scrutinized against the project scope and potential impact. Consider applying for funding of a planning or pilot phase to provide initial evidence of impact that could support future funding applications.

Geographical focus: Fondation Botnar only funds implementation projects in low and middle-income countries with a strong focus on the following countries:

Romania, Tanzania, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Senegal, India, Morocco, Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam, with a specific interest in projects that focus on emerging urban environments. Innovative projects from other countries may also be considered.

Application window

Next application window opens in early 2020

One-off grants

Fondation Botnar has an annual budget of CHF 3 million to award one-off grants for smaller, innovative projects, which are eligible for a targeted one-off grant up to the value of CHF 300,000. These grants cannot be renewed or extended for a project with the same scope.

Geographical focus: Applications that focus on the below countries are preferred but strong
applications that demonstrate potential impact in other resource-limited settings are also considered.

Romania, Tanzania, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Senegal, India, Morocco, Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Application window

Next application window opens in 2020

Fondation Botnar does not fund or support the following:

  • Emergency or humanitarian relief projects
  • Projects in crisis and conflict zones or areas in which the security of project staff is at risk
  • Projects that replace state funding
  • Contributions to individual persons (except for scholarship grants)
  • Contributions to publication costs
  • Contributions to exhibitions
  • Religious and faith-based organisations
  • Political organisations
  • Organisations which are discriminating against specific people or groups of people
  • Organisations that are involved in areas which undermine public health or the integrity of individuals (e.g. tobacco, alcohol, drugs, weapons, prostitution, pornography, violence)

In addition, please note that Fondation Botnar does not provide general funding in support of organizations, only specific projects. Further, applicants are only eligible for funding by Fondation Botnar if their project has a clear not-for-profit purpose.

The Future Now
For Children Worldwide

Fondation Botnar
St. Alban-Vorstadt 56
4052 Basel
Switzerland
info@fondationbotnar.org
+41 61 201 04 74

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