• - September 28, 2023
  • Partially Funded
  • New Delhi

The Global Development Awards Competition is an innovative award scheme administered by GDN, funded under the Policy and Human Resources Development Fund (PHRD) trust fund managed by the World Bank, and generously supported by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan.

The theme of the 2023 edition is ‘Nexus of Education, Development and Human Security and will feature two categories:

The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD)
A competitive research grant program that identifies and funds outstanding research proposals that have a high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues in low and middle-income countries (World Bank definition).
More details about the 2023 Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) edition.

The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)
A competitive grant program that supports non-profit Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in low or lower-middle-income countries (World Bank definition) to recognize the innovative approach of their projects.
Find more details about the 2023 edition of the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP).

Finalists in both categories receive training in communicating research and development before their presentations at the conference.

Since its inception in 2000, GDN has awarded roughly US$ 4 million in research and project grants to finalists and winners. Nearly 8,800 researchers and development practitioners from low and middle-income countries and transition countries have participated in the competition and more than 200 awards have been conferred to date.


Improve development outcomes and livelihoods through high-quality, policy-oriented research in the social sciences, produced in developing countries and connected globally.


  • Locally conducted social science research leads to a better understanding of development challenges and guides policy decision and their implementation
  • Useful and actionable knowledge cannot be exclusively imported. Local social science research is needed to transform knowledge into solutions. It is also crucial for local ownership and for informed democratic debate.





The Japan Prize for Outstanding Developmental Research:

  • A reward worth $30,000 will be given to the first-place winner.
  • Grants of $20,000 and $10,000 will be given to the winners of the second and third places, respectively.
  • The money will be used to support the winners’ suggested research projects as they near completion.
  • Award recipients will also be matched with a top scholar who will serve as a Scientific and Technical Advisor.

The Japanese prize for the most inventive growth initiatives:

  • Each of the two first-place winners for each subject will get a reward worth $50,000.
  • A gift of $25,000 USD will be given to the second-place winner.
  • A Technical Advisor will also be assigned to each awardee for the grant’s execution.
  • The first-place winner is also eligible to compete for a grant of up to $200,000 from the Japan Social Development Fund to test their creative concept on a broader scale.


The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD):

  • Open to scientists who are nationals or long-term residents of low- or middle-income nations. At any time throughout the competition, candidates may be required to provide documentation with legal standing as proof of their citizenship and residency.
  • By the end of 2023, the maximum age for all applicants will be 45 years old. People who are older than 15 as of January 1, 2023, are ineligible to apply.
  • Unless it is made apparent how extra funds granted by the ORG would strengthen the current funds for the successful completion of the study, the proposal should not be receiving or slated to receive funding from other sources in order to be eligible for consideration by the ORG.
  • Staff members of multilateral and bilateral organizations (such as UKAid, the World Bank, the IMF, the IADB, UN agencies, etc.) are not eligible.

The Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project:

  • Open to the implementation of development projects in low- and middle-income nations
  • Respect the environmental and social norms and the WB environmental and social framework.
  • A non-profit, NGO, or CSO having its headquarters in one of the qualifying countries must oversee the initiative.
  • To be eligible, a project’s implications must have begun by June 2022 or earlier. Submissions for projects that have just begun, ideas for Olympic projects, feasibility studies, or baseline analyses will not be taken into consideration. Submissions intended to partially or entirely sponsor conferences will not be taken into account.
  • Applications from past years may reapply (with the exception of winners), but they must revise their applications to reflect any changes to the project.
  • The MIDP has not before awarded any prizes.
Eligible Regions: Law or Middle income countries (Afghanistan included).

Application Process

To apply, click the Apply Now button below.

Application Deadline: September 28, 2023

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For Further Queries

For queries, please write to [email protected]. If you have a grievance regarding the implementation of this project or towards its future impacts, send an email to [email protected], with a copy to [email protected] and [email protected] or check www.gdn.int/awards/grievance for further instructions.
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