The Misk Grand Challenges is seeking innovators to devise and demonstrate ways to positively engage young people (under the age of 30) in Global Citizenship at scale and in depth.
The Misk Foundation, the non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have partnered to launch Misk Grand Challenges. This initiative seeks to empower youth both with the skills that they need to succeed in the knowledge economy and with the passion required to tackle the world’s most challenging problems. Ultimately, the initiative hopes to nurture a new generation of leaders who will transform both local and global communities.
This challenge is about testing and implementing concepts and strategies to engage young people in efforts that will reduce inequality related to the first six Global Goals:
Goal 1: No poverty
Goal 2: Zero hunger
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Goal 4: Quality education
Goal 5: Gender equality
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Investigators are invited to propose innovative and creative solutions that use new knowledge to positively engage young people in one or more of these goals in both scale and depth. The focus can be local, but to support Global Citizenship for the Global Goals they must also link in a clear way to efforts elsewhere – at a regional, national or global level. The initial phase, which would be funded under this initiative, must demonstrate a path to a more sustainable and scalable program. It must collect quantitative data to inform decision making for follow-on funding.
What we will consider funding:
Address the Challenge by showing how they will lead to actions taken by young people that will positively impact one or more of the first six Global Goals.
Outline concepts that have the potential to be scaled up.
Focus on learning and gathering data and evidence about how to do positively engage youth by doing that effectively, rather than trying to go for scale or solely developing research.
Have the potential for scale and depth at reasonable costs.
Focus on a specific geography or community, but should link to efforts beyond that locality.<
There are no geographic constraints as to where in the world proposals should be focused.
Are entirely online and technology-based, or blended technology and face-to-face, or predominantly offline, with limited use of technology.
Explain how the activities proposed will lead to the results expected, based wherever possible on experience and data
Show how the proposed concept or program could in the future achieve the scale and depth of engagement with a clear set of measurements at the pilot stage.
Describe the innovative approach captured by the concept. The initial pilot project must test the concept at some minimal scale that produces data upon which decisions for future funding could be made.
What we will not consider funding:
Require more funds than the US$100,000, or more than 12-18 months to demonstrate success
Lack a robust implementation plan or organisation.
Lack a complete, coherent design for how it will work.
Don’t focus on Global Goals other than 1 – 6 (these may be subject of future challenges).
Do not address the challenge.
Have no capacity for scale in the future.
How to Apply
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