Deadline: 26-Mar-21

The United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs in collaboration with Global Innovation Exchange at Results for Development has initiated the STI Forum 2021 Call for Innovations to address COVID-19-associated disruptions that will remain relevant beyond the pandemic to help accelerate progress towards one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Selected innovators will be invited to participate at the UN’s Virtual STI Forum 2021 taking place on May 4th and 5th.


When referring to “COVID-19-associated disruptions” they mean that they are looking for innovations that fit into one of the below categories:

  • Innovations that focus on essential nutrition and healthcare services, particularly HIV, tuberculosis, and maternal, newborn, and child healthcare services. (SDG 2 & SDG 3)
  • Education innovations to reduce the inequalities COVID-19 has placed on students from low socioeconomic households. (SDG 4)
  • Innovations that respond or prevent gender based violence or intimate partner violence (SDG 5).
  • Innovations that focus on vulnerable and marginalized populations that have been hit hardest by the pandemic including: older persons, persons with disabilities, childrenwomen, migrants and refugees, and indigenous populations (SDG 1, SDG 10).

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call is open to innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs and sustainability change agents worldwide.

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