The Global Development Awards and Medals Competition, Japan

Deadline: 11 March, 2013
Open to: citizens and permanent residents of developing and transition countries
Awards: range from US$ 5,000 to US$ 30,000, depending on categories

The Global Development Network invites researchers and organizations from developing and transition countries to submit research proposals, completed research papers and proposals for scaling-up development projects.

The Global Development Awards and Medals Competition is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan, and other donors. Since its inception in 2000, GDN has provided US$ 3.6 million in research and travel grants to finalists and winners. Winners are chosen by an eminent jury at 14th GDN’s Global Development Conference; an event attended by over 500 practitioners in the field of development to whom the finalists present their proposals/papers.

Competition Categories

MIDP is a competitive grant program that provides development practitioners with the opportunity to compete for grants worth US$ 45,000 to help scale up their innovative project. The grants are awarded to projects and/or non-governmental organizations that are supporting improved service delivery, in particular, innovative approaches and meet certain set criteria. These projects are not theme based. However, the projects need to contribute to sustainable development.

First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 10,000; Third Prize: US$ 5,000

2. Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)

ORD is awarded to an organization/researcher(s) whose proposal to conduct research on any one of the three research themes (listed below) holds the greatest promise for improving our understanding of the relevant development issues and puts forth clear, articulate and well researched policy implications to address these development problems.

First Prize: US$ 30,000; Second Prize: US$ 10,000; Third Prize: US$ 5,000

Research proposals for this Award will be considered under the following three research themes only:

  • Inequality
  • Social Protection and Social Policies
  • Inclusive Growth

Medals are given to researchers for their completed research work that demonstrates academic excellence on the three research themes listed below.

First Prize: US$ 10,000; Second Prize: US$ 5,000


For the first category:

  • Open to all development projects being implemented in low income countries and low middle income countries in Africa, Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Pacific Islands, and the transition economies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Project must be managed by a non-governmental organization with its headquarters in a country in one of the above regions
  • Project must have started before 1 January, 2012
  • Applicants from previous years (except winners) may reapply, but they must update the application to include new aspects of the project
  • Past winners are not eligible to apply

For the second and the third category

  • Citizens and permanent residents of developing and transition countries
  • Citizens of developing and transition countries who are temporarily based in a developed country but not for more than five years
  • Applicant must be less than 45 years old as on 11 March, 2013
  • Finalists and winners from previous years are not eligible to apply with the same or similar research papers


Application along with the documents specified in the guidelines should be submitted as electronic files only through the Online Proposal Appraisal System (OPA)

If you are unable to submit your application through OPA, please contact [email protected], with the subject line: ‘MIDP – Application Request’.


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