4th Call for Innovation: Islamic Development Bank’s Transform Fund for Innovations (US$500 million)

Call for Proposal Competition Grant / Award
  • Apply Before : May 31, 2021

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 146493
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

About the call

Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has issued its 4th round of Call for Innovation to scholars, innovators, entrepreneurs, SMEs, businesses, and institutions working with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The purpose of the 2021 Transform Fund is to support recovery from COVID-19 with the goal of building a stronger, more resilient, and prosperous future for the post-pandemic era. Moreover, this year’s funding primarily focuses on IsDB’s member countries to help innovative ideas and solutions make an economic and social impact for the hard-hit communities. If you are one of those to whom this call is addressed, prepare and submit your proposal.

Details of the funding call

Submission deadline: 31 May 2021

Awarding institution: Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)

Target countries: Member Countries of IsDB

Funding amount: 500 million USD

The Science, Technology and Innovation Transform Fund (STI-TF) will identify, assist and recognize high-impact proposals supporting the following SDGs.

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

SDG3: Good health & well-being

SDG4: quality education

SDG6: clean water and sanitation

SDG7: Affordable and clean energy

SDG9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure


  • Anyone or organization who has an innovative idea or project that can address development challenges and create job opportunities that benefit people in the IsDB Member Countries can apply for this opportunity.
  • The aim of the fund is to support early-stage innovators and scientists who need initial funding or growth capital for their projects/initiatives.
  • The grant-receiving project(s) must be implemented in an IsDB Member Country.

Specifically, the projects and activities of the Fund will be administered by the following operational principles: IsDB-STI.

Therefore, applications for funding have to possess the following attributes:

  • Support sustainability science ideas/projects with an emphasis on innovations benefiting the Muslim World and having the following characteristics:
  • Disruptive, transformative, and stimulating innovations that are relevant to one or more SDGs.
  • Feasible and high-impact innovations having scalable solutions.
  • Be adaptable, replicable, readily diffusible, affordable, and accessible.
  • Fall into diverse sectors e.g., education, health, agriculture, water and sanitation, and infrastructure.

How to submit your proposal?

Eligible individuals or organizations can submit their proposals electronically using the following link.

You need to read the operational guidelines carefully, sign up and then will access the submission page.

Submit a Proposal

Application Categories

There are four funding categories and two modes of funding (grant and equity participation/investment) in the Transform Fund:

1 – New Ideas with Proof of Concept with grants ranging from USD 50,000-100,000

2 – Scaling up of Innovative Programs in the Private Sector with Private Sector Equity Investment up to USD 300,000

3 – Commercialization of Technology in the Private Sector with Private Sector Equity Investment up to USD 1,000,000

4 – Capacity Building in Science, Technology, & Innovation with Grants ranging from USD 100,000-150,000

For more information about the Transform Fund and to help you prepare a strong application with a high chance for winning, visit the Official Announcement Link.

Read the Operating Guidelines of the Call

You may contact the IsDB team using the contact form here.


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