The Challenge is a project of the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago and the Urban Development Department of the Government of Karnataka
The Tata Centre for Development at the University of Chicago is joining with the Urban Development Department of the Government of Karnataka to launch Bengaluru Innovation Challenge. The Challenge will tap grassroots creativity and expertise to identify innovative ideas for addressing the most pressing environmental and energy challenges in Bengaluru.
The winners will receive funding support (up to Rs. 1.5 crores over two years) to test and evaluate their ideas in the field, with guidance and input from the Government of Karnataka and leading faculty at the University of Chicago. If successful, the ideas could become policy solutions the government could implement at a large scale, and may provide an important model for other cities to follow.
The Tata Centre for Development is generously supported by Tata Trusts.
Organizations, agencies, students, researchers, and practitioners across India with promising programs or interventions aimed at solving Bengaluru’s urgent energy and environmental problems are encouraged to apply.
Ideas are solicited in the broad area of energy and environment, with special attention to these focus areas:
The applicants must demonstrate that they have the capacity to implement the proposed intervention and be willing to work with the University of Chicago to rigorously evaluate it. It is strongly suggested that the applicant is: an organization based in India; has been in existence for at least two years, and if invited to submit a full proposal, is able to produce audited financial reports for the last two years.
Although letters of interest are invited from across India, this Innovation Challenge seeks promising ideas that can be implemented in the city of Bengaluru.
Please check the following document (https://goo.gl/sja7Rr) to learn more about the application process and details requested as part of Letter of Interest (LoI).
Those interested in applying should send LoI to DesignIndia@uchicago.edu by April 20th, 2018.
LoI (max. of three pages) should include:
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Applicants will be notified via email on May 18th, 2018, about whether they have been selected to submit a full proposal.
February 7, 2018 Launch of Innovation Challenge; Request for letters of Interest announced
April 20, 2018 Letter of Interest due
May 18, 2018 Full proposals invited
June 20, 2018 Full proposal due from selected applicants
September 2018 Winners announced
Yes, one organization can submit multiple applications, the teams may or may not be same across all applications.
Yes, the application can be submitted in partnership with other organizations
Yes. But, you need to demonstrate the ability to implement the project. You could partner with an organization that can help you implement
Yes, applications are invited from across India. But, the intervention/program needs to address an issue relevant to Bengaluru, and if selected, the intervention will be implemented in Bengaluru
INR 1.5 crores is the total award amount which will be allocated towards one or more winning projects. The total awarded amount depends on project costs
Ideas should address energy and environment issues in Bengaluru. They may or may not be technology focussed
Yes, the proposals will be evaluated on basis of how readily scalable they are. The projects that are still in the proof of concept or R&D phase are likely to not be selected. We prefer that entities have working prototypes and ideally a few working demonstrations. To emphasize again, the idea does not need to involve a technology
You can know more by glancing through this presentation.
NDTV / February 8, 2018
The Quint / February 8, 2018
The Challenge is a project of the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago and the Urban Development Department of the Government of Karnataka, in partnership with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s India team (EPIC-India) and UChicago Energy and Environment Lab.
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