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UNDP COVID-19 Challenge: Calling for Innovation in a Time of Crisis (Serbia)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 3, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on April 23, 2020
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The crisis caused by the COVID 19 virus in Serbia is accelerating.
The Government has introduced measures to control the epidemic in its initial phase and to overcome it on mid/ longer-term.
To improve needed capacities the government is procuring necessary medical supplies, machinery and equipment for a systematic response to the outbreak. In this context, the United Nations Development Programme, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, is launching a Challenge for proposing new, innovative solutions or replicate solutions existing in other parts of the world, to protect service providers and caregivers from COVID-19 and to minimize the risk of transmission.

The global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has created severe shortages around the world, including in Serbia. Although the population in Serbia is displaying solidarity, and the Government is further promoting it, while some businesses are already venturing into production, more can be done by the private sector in Serbia to produce the necessary medical supplies, machinery and equipment that are crucial for a systematic response.

The goal of the Challenge is to not only incentivize production by the private sector, but also stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the time of crisis.

UNDP Serbia is therefore soliciting legal entities to propose innovative ways of producing or procuring innovative products, technological solutions and new value chains for the production or procuring of:
a) Personal protective equipment (PPE) (i.e. masks, gloves, visors, etc.) to support the government service providers and most vulnerable communities and caregivers;
b) Medical equipment such as respirators/ventilators;
c) Production of COVID 19 testing kits;
d) Healthcare waste management processes and equipment.

Eligible applicants are legal entities which are:
1. Public companies;
2. Commercial organization/businesses (Ltd, entrepreneurs);
3. Research institutions;
4. Exceptionally competent or relevant civil society organization (in exceptional cases);
5. All applicants have to be registered in Serbia, according to national legislation.

Applicants can apply independently or in Consortia.

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The goal of the Challenge is to not only incentivize production by the private sector, but also stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the time of crisis.

The chosen proposals will be offered the opportunity of co-financing. In addition to this, UNDP, supported by WHO, will enable and facilitate dialogue with relevant national authorities in terms of getting licenses, and promote the project outputs as examples of best practices.

The upcoming deadlines are:
a) Early bird deadline: April 10th, 2020;
b) 2nd phase deadline: April 24th, 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 03, 2020
Apr 03, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Apr 04, 2020
Apr 04, 2020

Thanks, Ana.