France launches Fund for Innovation in Development

Governance and Human Rights

France has launched the Fund for Innovation in Development (Fonds d’Innovation pour le Développement or FID), a new initiative to support innovation that contributes to reducing global poverty and inequality. Through flexible grant funding, the Fund enables innovators and researchers to test new ideas, build evidence of what works, and scale the highest impact and most cost-effective solutions.

The objectives of the Fund for Innovation in Development are:

  • to encourage and facilitate innovation, from wherever it might come;
  • to accelerate global innovation in the fight against poverty and inequality;
  • to rigorously evaluate new ideas through collaboration with the research community;
  • to support the scale and widespread deployment of the best solutions.

Through this call for proposals, we are inviting innovators and researchers from around the world to apply for grant funding to address poverty and inequality.

What we fund

Open Innovation
FID takes a broad view of innovation, considering any solution with strong potential to achieve development impact at scale in less costly, faster, or otherwise more feasible ways than existing approaches. This can include a wide range of innovations intended to improve the lives of the poor. Our definition of innovation includes, for example, new approaches to improve delivery of essential goods and services, process or managerial innovations, improvements in public services that facilitate access and improve outcomes, as well as new technologies or new applications of existing technologies. New “low-tech” approaches designed to be sustainable and accessible and which can have a significant impact on the lives of the poorest will also be eligible.

FID accepts applications for innovations in any sector which addresses poverty and inequality, and specifically encourages applications for innovations in education, health, climate change, and gender equality.

Who is eligible for funding
FID accepts applications from nearly any type of applicant, independently or in partnership with others, including: research institutes and institutions of higher education; governments or public agencies; non-governmental organisations; and private, for-profit companies.

Individuals applying independently and public international and multilateral institutions are not eligible for funding

FID assesses every application against three core criteria:

  • rigorous evidence of impact on improving the lives of people living in poverty;
  • cost-effectiveness of the innovation in improving development outcomes;
  • potential for scale and sustainability

Stages of funding available
The Fund will provide five types of grants,

  • Prepare Grants : Up to €50,000
  • Stage 1: Pilot Grants Up to €200,000
  • Stage 2: Test and Position for Scale Grants €200,000 to €1,500,000
  • Stage 3: Transition to Scale Grants €1,500,000 to €4,000,000
  • Transforming Public Policy Grants Up to €150,000

How to apply for funding
FID will accept applications under this Call for Proposals at any point throughout the year. In order to be considered for funding, applications must be submitted through the online portal at :

You might also like

Fête de la Musique Joburg’s four-stage lineup announced

Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) Joburg is back on the 18th of September 2021 and will...

French Spelling Bee – “Epelle-moi Afrique”

The first edition of the French Spelling Bee – “Epelle-moi Afrique” was held on March 7, 2020 at Crawford...

Generation Equality Forum to drive Major Policy Reforms and Generate over $40 Billion in New Investments

Heads of State and Government, heads of international organizations, activists from civil society and youth-led organizations, philanthropists and CEOs...

Fak’ugesi Festival 2021 – #BUILDCOZYOUHAVETO

SAVE THE DATE 14-24 October 2021 – Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival announces theme, dates and new curator for...

Let's get social
French Institute of South Africa

French Institute of South Africa


Your French / South African cultural agenda in South Africa. Follow us and don't miss out anymore!

7 hours ago

French Institute of South Africa
After sold-out performances at the National Arts Festival, Market Theatre Foundation’s dynamic youth theatre company, KwaSha!, is bringing Frantz Fanon's “The Drowning Eye” to Joburg this October.This production, which premiered to critical acclaim and full houses in Makhanda this year and will now open at The Ramolao Makhene Theatre (at the Market Theatre Laboratory) in Johannesburg on 7 October 2022 as part of the #PathsToDemocracy Forum and will play until the 23rd.Click here to be first in line to secure tickets 👉 #franzfanon ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

1 day ago

French Institute of South Africa
Join the Embassy of France in South Africa's Innovation Department at the LEAP-RE Stakeholder Forum! This hybrid event will take place in Menlyn, Pretoria (South Africa) and online from 3 to 6 October. Register now to learn about:- Creating an international multi-stakeholder community working in renewable energy, science-based policymaking, funding and research, innovation, monitoring, evaluation as well as learning.- The opportunities and challenges of the African and European contexts.Registration link: presentation of the event: ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

[#SouthAfrica🇿🇦] #event | Regional forum «Paths to Democracy» 🕊️

✨ This forum by @IF_SouthAfrica created with local partners will focus on #democracy through #innovation & #creativity
🔔Oct 7-8 / Register now:

#PathsToDemocracy #OurFuture

We’re excited to be partnering with @IF_SouthAfrica as part of the #Ourfuture: Africa-Europe Dialogues, a #PathstoDemocracy forum happening on 7 & 8 Oct 2022. Registrations are open ➡️