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Call for proposals 2021

 PHOTO: UN Women
PHOTO: UN Women

Innovation Norway is through the Humanitarian Innovation Programme (HIP Norway) looking for bold innovation projects, aiming to improve humanitarian action, that save lives, alleviate suffering and sustain people’s dignity. The 2021 call for proposals is now open. We welcome humanitarian UN agencies and Norwegian humanitarian organisations (NGOs) to apply.

We support innovation projects lead by humanitarian organisations where the expertise and technical know-how from the private sector have a role in solving humanitarian challenges. HIP Norway supports both early stage innovation (Innovation Lab) and scaling and diffusion of solutions that have proven to be successful at the pilot stage (Scaling and Diffusion ). Please see the requirements for both grant schemes at the bottom of the page.

HIP Norway is a grant and support mechanism, fully financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administered by Innovation Norway.

Who can apply?

  • UN agencies with a humanitarian mandate
  • Norwegian humanitarian organisations* with an international mandate

*The organisation must be registered at the Brønnøysund Register and have both an office in Norway and a Norwegian Board.


HIP Norway mobilises and supports humanitarian-private partnerships. The humanitarian organisation/agency is the applicant and receiver of the grant. Private companies cannot apply.
Projects involving multiple partner organisations are encouraged. The lead applicant is the receiver of the grant and redistributes to project partners.

What are we looking for

HIP Norway is looking for bold ideas that seek to improve resilience against natural disasters or improve humanitarian response in crises and conflicts, specifically projects addressing issues related to:

  • Cash transfer programming: Humanitarian organisations’ efforts to provide direct distribution of money rather than traditional relief items to people affected by crises.
  • Green humanitarian response: Humanitarian organisations’ efforts that contribute to more sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions within the humanitarian sector.
  • Health and sanitation: Humanitarian organisations’ efforts to ensure lifesaving basic health services, including prevention/control of pandemics, efforts within women’s, children’s and young people’s health, sexual and reproductive health, mental health and psycho-social support, and the provision of facilities and services for the maintenance of hygienic conditions and the safe disposal of human waste.
  • Protection: Humanitarian organisations’ efforts that contribute to protecting people from violence, abuse and violation of international law due to humanitarian crises. Applications focusing on protection from sexual and gender-based violence are encouraged.

Call for proposals 2021

NOK 32 million is allocated to new innovation lab and scaling projects in 2021.

  • Applications to the Innovation Lab scheme may range from NOK 4-6 million (or up to NOK 8 million for multiagency projects with three or more agency partners)
  • Applications to the Scaling and Diffusion scheme may range from NOK 2-10 million

The total funding allocated for each grant scheme is subject to applications received.

Call timeline and process

The application deadline is Friday 25 June, 4PMm CET.

Shortlisted projects will be invited to a 20-minute pitch/interview in front of an Innovation Norway panel on 1. September. All applicants are encouraged to mark this date in their calendars. Shortlisted candidates will receive 3-5 questions about their project in advance and will be given 10 minutes to respond to those questions. There will also be 10 minutes for follow-up questions from the panel. We ask that relevant leadership is represented at the pitch; head of department/ section/ country office or similar.

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Call for proposals (text, in PDF)

Application form (text, in PDF) (please note that all applications must be submitted through the online application form).

For questions, read up on FAQs or contact one of our advisors.