Through its Humanitarian Innovation Programme (HIP Norway), Innovation Norway is looking for bold innovation projects that aim to improve humanitarian action, save lives, alleviate suffering, and sustain people’s dignity. The 2023 call for proposals is now open. We welcome humanitarian UN agencies and Norwegian humanitarian organisations (NGOs) to submit project proposals.
We support innovation projects led by humanitarian organisations where the expertise and technical know-how from the private sector has a role in solving humanitarian challenges. HIP Norway supports both early-stage innovation (Innovation Lab) and scaling of solutions that have proven to be successful at the pilot stage (Scaling grant scheme). Please see the requirements for both grant schemes at the bottom of the page. NB: The application form will open in April. In the meantime, you will find information about what to prepare under the information tab under each grant scheme.
HIP Norway is a grant and support mechanism, financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administered by Innovation Norway.
HIP Norway aims to strengthen efforts to:
To contribute to achieving the overall goal, HIP Norway will support projects that develop and scale innovative solutions that will contribute to smarter, better, more sustainable, and cost-effective emergency aid.
The target group(s) for the projects supported through the programme are people affected by humanitarian crises.
Overall, HIP Norway is evaluated based on the number of innovation partnerships established, the number of new solutions developed, successful pilots in humanitarian contexts, new innovative solutions being used that have a direct impact on end users, the number of solutions that have contributed to smarter, better, more sustainable and/or more cost-efficient response, and the number of innovations that have been scaled up in a humanitarian context.
We encourage humanitarian organisations to collaborate on joint applications.
HIP Norway mobilises and supports humanitarian-private partnerships. The humanitarian organisation/agency is the applicant and receiver of the grant.
HIP Norway is looking for bold ideas that seek to improve resilience against natural disasters or improve humanitarian response in conflicts and disasters. The programme supports projects within one or more of the following focus areas:
NOK 97 million is allocated to new Innovation Lab and scaling projects in 2023.
The total funding allocated for each grant scheme is subject to applications received.
The application deadline is 22. June 2023, 12PM CEST (Noon).
Shortlisted projects will be invited to a 20-minute digital pitch/interview in front of an Innovation Norway panel on one of the following dates: 6., 7., or 8. September 2023. All applicants are encouraged to mark these dates in their calendars. The pitch/interview will consist of 10 minutes to answer 3-5 questions about the project received in advance, and 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.
New application form
The application form is new in 2023. Click on the button on the bottom of the page to start your application. The form needs to be completed in the digital portal to be considered.
*Please note that the name of the project and the contact person you enter when applying will be directly transferred to the grant letter and cannot be changed afterwards. Please make sure that the name of the organisation is the correct name for the legal entity that will receive the grant.
A PDF version of the call can be downloaded here.
A word version of the application form can be downloaded here: Innovation Lab grant application form , Scaling grant application form.
For questions, read up on FAQs or contact one of our advisors.