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Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP)

Innovation Grant Mechanism call for proposals

DFID/Vicki Francis

DFID/Vicki Francis



Through its Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme (MYHP) 2014-2019, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) has been providing humanitarian assistance to Pakistan and supporting 2-3 million people affected by natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes and droughts, as well as over 1 million internally displaced persons from conflict and other complex emergencies. 

The overarching objective of the MYHP is to reduce the impact of humanitarian disasters. The Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) is an important component of the MYHP, designed to strengthen knowledge management processes in the humanitarian sector and, thereby, ensure a continuously improving humanitarian response. 

More specifically, the PELP seeks to increase the accountability, transparency, efficiency and effectiveness of the humanitarian system through three interconnected components:

  • Knowledge Hub and Learning Solutions
  • Third-Party Monitoring
  • Innovation Grants Mechanism

What does the Innovation Grant Mechanism aim to achieve?

The PELP Innovation Grant Mechanism is designed to boost innovation in support of the humanitarian to development nexus in Pakistan. It aims at identifying and supporting the development, testing and potential scaling up of innovations for humanitarian action.

The Grant Mechanism promotes sustainability as a key focus for innovation for humanitarian action. It also encourages collaboration between actors, including the private sector, to co-invest in ideas that can influence humanitarian action for greater impact. In practice this means identifying solid people-centred innovative solutions, testing them and learning from their results to advance humanitarian action in Pakistan. 

Who can apply?

The Innovation Grant Mechanism is aimed at organizations (NGOs, INGOs, UN), Government, academia and private sector working on humanitarian issues that are based in Pakistan. Organizations leading Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme funded activities are not eligible as innovation is taking place as part of the programme already and will link into the PELP Knowledge Hub by default. Innovative solutions are promoted in the Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme and can also build on synergies with the PELP Innovation Grant Mechanism.

Project duration

Total project duration is one-year. Final results will be available within the 12-month period. The timeline can be downloaded (PDF).

Number of grants and sizes

There will be a total of eight grants: 

  • Two grants to be awarded for each thematic area, however, PELP reserves the right to include a third one – based on the strength of the proposal;
  • Organizations can only submit one proposal;
  • Grants applications should be between £20,000 and £40,000. The final amount awarded will be decided by an internal review committee;
  • Funding will be provided up-front, with the exception of a final instalment of £5,000 paid upon acceptance of final deliverables after 12 months.

Thematic areas eligible for funding

  1. Sustainable energy - for example, biogas, wind, solar, hydro.
  2. Sustainable water use – for example, storage, treatment of brackish water, minimum water use.
  3. Emergency shelter
  4. Protection - innovative solutions for reaching out to the most vulnerable, women and girls, disabled persons.

The proposal should focus on one thematic area only, demonstrate inclusiveness, and ensure the principle of “do no harm”.

How to apply

Use the provided template (Word) and send the application by email to PELP-innovation@unitar.org.

All proposals should be submitted in English and respect the allotted number of words for each section. 


All proposals must be submitted by 15 March 2018 before midnight local time in Pakistan (GMT+5 hours), thus allowing for one-month application process following the launch of the Innovation Grant Mechanism on 16 February 2018.

Further questions and clarifications

For questions and further clarifications, please send e-mail to PELP-innovation@unitar.org

The PELP team is looking forward to receiving your application! 

PELP team group photo