Call for the Global Development Awards 2020

About The Award:

The call for the Global Development Awards 2020 is now open. The Global Development Network (GDN) invites researchers from low-income or middle-income countries to submit research proposals within the theme, ‘Unpacking the health-environment-economic wellbeing nexus,’ for the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD).

Proposals under this theme would look critically at policy successes and failures to look at the complex intersection of health, environment, and economic wellbeing.
Research projects can focus on local, national, regional, or continental policy initiatives, and come from any discipline within the social sciences. Proposals can focus on ongoing policy initiatives, past ones, or initiatives currently being set up.

A direct link to the COVID-19 crisis is welcome, but not required. In light of the quickly changing scenario, proposals that integrate a focus on COVID-19 and related policy responses must explain how the quickly changing policy landscape is likely to impact the focus of the research.

The Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development is a competitive research grant program under the Global Development Awards Competition 2020. The Awards Competition is administered by GDN and supported by the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan. This award program identifies and funds outstanding research proposals in low-income or middle-income countries with high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues.

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-income or middle-income countries have participated in the competition and more than 200 awards have been conferred till date.




  • The first prize winner will receive a grant of US$ 30,000.
  • The second prize and third prize winners will receive a grant of US$ 10,000 and US$ 5,000 respectively.
  • The funds will be used to support the research work proposed by the winners towards the completion of their research.
  • Additionally, awardees will be paired with world-class academics in their area of work who will play the role of a Scientific and Technical Advisor to the winners.


  • Eligible countries for the ORD competition are those classified by the World Bank as low-income or middle-income countries
  • The competition is open only to researchers who are citizens or permanent residents of these countries. The applicants (including team members) can be asked to submit proof of their citizenship and residency through documents with legal standing, at any point during the competition. Please note that all personal information details as provided in the application (and CV) should be factually correct, else the application will be liable for disqualification. The information on the Identity Card will remain strictly confidential with GDN.
  • Citizens of eligible countries currently residing in a non-eligible country are only allowed to apply if they have been living in the non-eligible country for no more than five years as of 20 July 2020. This should be clearly shown as in the CV and personal information should be provided. In case any information is found to be incorrect, the proposal is liable for disqualification during any stage of the competition, including after the grant has been conferred.
  • CVs for all team members must be included in the application. The CVs should clearly state the age of all team members, the citizenships for all team members, and the country of residence for the past five years for all team members and the current institutional affiliations for all team members. These details are mandatory, and an application will be deemed incomplete if these details are not submitted.
  • The upper age limit for all applicants is 45 years as of 20 July 2020.

Eligible Regions: Open for those classified by the World Bank as low-income or middle-income countries


  • Prepare your Application
  • Proposal Template – Download the proposal template document available here. Fill it in and save it on your computer in .doc, .docx or .pdf format for upload.
  • Organization Profile – Prepare a document providing the profile (up to 1 page) of your organization (if any) and save it on your computer in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format for upload.
  • CVs of the research team – Collect all the CVs of the different team members, matching the name of the documents per role in the proposal (PI for Principal Investigator and CR for Co-Researchers) and compress them into a .zip, .rar, or similar type of files.
  • Please note that the submission of all documents is mandatory for your application to be treated as complete and eligible.
  • For a joint research proposal with more than one researcher, only the principal investigator should submit an application. However, the institutional affiliation, position/designation, e-mail address, citizenship, and current residence of each co-researcher MUST also be included in the application.
  • The application and the required documents must be submitted as electronic files at GDN’s online submission platform ( Please note that GDN accepts applications through the online submission platform EXCLUSIVELY.
  • Research proposals should be submitted only in the designated application template.
  • The Proposal Template must not exceed 20 pages. The format should be in Calibri, 11- point font with single line spacing and one-inch margins.
  • An application can be submitted by an individual researcher or by a team of researchers. In cases with more than one researcher, all researchers must meet the eligibility criteria.
  • All applications must be accompanied by CVs of all the team members.
  • Proposals must be submitted in the English language only.
  • Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
  • Please note that all forms of academic dishonesty are unacceptable to GDN, plagiarism being one of them including self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is unauthorized use of other people’s work, ideas, and/or writings (in part or in full) and presenting or giving a notion of these work(s), ideas and/or writings being one’s own work, idea(s) and/or writing(s). GDN takes plagiarism very seriously and will take immediate and appropriate action including and not limited to withdrawal of funding for any such grantees found guilty of plagiarism.
  • Please note that all personal information details provided in the application (along with the CV) should be correct, else the application will be liable for disqualification at any stage of the competition, including after the grant has been conferred.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

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