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“Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond”, A Global Call for Developing Countries (UNIDO/ONUDI)

Deadline: 30 June 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic will have far-reaching and long-term effects on populations and economies worldwide. Besides its immediate impact on health, the socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic are likely to be felt by economic actors over the world, and the populations of developing countries and economies in transition are expected to be among those most vulnerable to suffer from COVID-19-related challenges.

The Global Call is aimed at identifying “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond, namely scalable solutions to cope with the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 in developing countries and economies in transition, and their respective needs in the transition to post-crisis socioeconomic realities in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The Global Call offers an opportunity at international level to identify and promote innovative solutions contributing to tackle COVID-19 effects in developing countries and make their economies more resilient, in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Specifically, priority will be given to the following 4 strategic categories:

  1. Health Emergency
    • Telemedicine
    • Biotechnologies and digital health
    • Prevention and control
  2. Energy and Environment
    • Medical waste management and recycling
    • Renewable energy for healthcare
    • Water management
  3. Food and Agriculture
    • Smart food logistics and distribution
    • Urban farming
    • Inclusive local market ecosystems
  4. Resilient Industries and Infrastructure
    • Manufacturing of protective and medical equipment
    • Distributed networks and fabrication laboratories ("fablabs")
    • New organisational models

The proposal can be submitted by:

  • Micro, small, medium, and large companies;
  • Startups;
  • Research centers, incubators, technology transfer offices, university spin-offs, and academia;
  • Public-Private Partnerships;
  • Associations, business consortia and company networks, NGOs, private foundations.

The organizers encourage the participation of proposal at any level of development, from early stage ideas to scaled up projects, but also innovative technologies under testing and evidence collection.

Participation in the initiative is free of charge.

Each participant can submit a maximum of 2 applications. A larger submission of proposals would lead to the exclusion of extra applications based on the order in which they are received.

The applications sent by admissible candidates will be submitted to an initial screening phase and will be considered only if complete in all their mandatory parts and consistent with the objectives and themes of the Global call. Only the admissible proposals will enter the evaluation process.

The description of the intervention should not be written in a promotional tone, but use neutral, factual language.

The initiative, inspired by ITPO Italy, is promoted by UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization / Spanish-language initials: ONUDI, Organización de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo Industrial– through its network of ITPOs, Investment and Technology Promotion Offices around the world.

Applications must be received by 30 June 2020 at the following link:

The Award Ceremony will be held via a live stream on 14 July 2020 in compliance with the ongoing measures taken worldwide to prevent the spread of the virus.

Further information: call website;

(ASCUN/Embajada de Colombia en Italia por correo electrónico)

[Boletín SIUN 491, 18 de junio de 2020]

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