INNOVATIOn grants

Based on monitoring and lessons learnt since the HARP-F inception, the HARP-F Innovation grant fund is a nimble mechanism focused on improving humanitarian practice in Myanmar, through testing and adopting new products, services, processes and partners. Innovation, grants support new initiatives, pilot projects and research within the humanitarian sector. These awards provide an opportunity to find creative solutions to humanitarian challenges and reach people previously not serviced or hard to access.

Similar to enabling grants, there is a two tier approach providing different funding opportunities to suit the proposed innovation and organisation.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions below.

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FAQS FOR INNOVATION GRANTS

A. HARP FACILITY

  1. WHAT IS THE HARP FACILITY?

    The Humanitarian Assistance and Resilience Programme (HARP) is a UK Government initiative intended to respond to humanitarian needs in Myanmar and on the border with Thailand. It will provide support (from 2017-2020) for both conflict-related crises and natural disasters. It is designed to save lives, reduce suffering and maintain the human dignity of people affected by crisis. 

    The HARP Facility (HARP-F) is part of this programme and aims to increase effectiveness, quality and coverage of humanitarian assistance and service deliver. One of the approaches the HARP-F will adopt is to support national organisations and providing them with grants, technical assistance and capacity building support. 

  2. WHERE DOES THE HARP-F GET ITS MONEY FROM?

The HARP-F is funded entirely by the UK Department for International Development (DfID).


B. INNOVATION GRANTS OVERALL

  1. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF INNOVATION GRANTS?

    The overall purpose of supporting innovation reflects the ALNAP definition: “Successful innovations are those that result in improvements in efficiency, effectiveness, quality or social outcomes/impacts”. Innovation grants are specifically aimed to open the window for applications in the following broad areas:

    • Research: The generation of learning, the development of an evidence-base from existing practice or emerging from new research into an existing topic. 

    • Piloting: The testing of new methods or approaches to humanitarian challenges.

    • Scale-Up: Bringing piloted or tested approaches or methods to scale.

    • Breaking down siloes: Approaches that either draw on practice from other sectors (e.g. private sector) and apply them to humanitarian issues or that merge or bring together approaches that better address complexity (e.g. joint development and humanitarian practices).

  2. HOW DO THE INNOVATION GRANTS DIFFER FROM OUR OTHER GRANTS?

    Innovation grants are not limited to traditional humanitarian organisations and aim to achieve positive social change in an innovative approach. They are an opportunity to explore news ways to deliver humanitarian assistance in Myanmar to affected populations, build on existing pilots, and take successful small-scale innovations to scale.  They can provide learning on how to improve the provision of humanitarian assistance that may influence HARP-F’s core grant making through our other funding instruments or that of other humanitarian actors.

  3. DOES THE HARP-F HAVE PREFERRED GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS OF WORK FOR THE INNOVATION GRANT? 

    No, innovation grants can support projects across the country. 

  4. DOES THE HARP-F HAVE PREFERRED APPROACHES FOR THE INNOVATION GRANTS (SUCH AS A CONSORTIUM)?

    No. Any organisation can apply individually or in a partnership or consortium. The HARP-F will be looking for the strongest projects, the decision as to how to best deliver this project, whether as a consortium or individually, is left to the applicants.

  5. DOES THE HARP-F HAVE PREFERRED SECTORS FOR THE INNOVATION GRANTS? 

    Yes, the HARP-F will consider supporting appropriate and feasible activities in the following sectors:

    • Intractable challenges: Finding improved solutions to long-term humanitarian challenges in Myanmar. 

    • Service Delivery: Improving humanitarian methodologies delivering services. 

    • Local Application of Global Practice: Applying and adapting successful humanitarian practices from global experience to the Myanmar context. 

    • Sustainability and Localisation: Sustainability and localisation of humanitarian practice (e.g. new ways of strengthening local resource mobilisation models, social enterprises, institutionalisation of humanitarian practices within non-traditional institutions and collaboration across sectors).

    • DFID Global Policy Priorities: Furthering knowledge and new practices in the application of DFID policy priorities and World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and Grand Bargain commitments.

    • Coordination and Collaboration: Improving efficiency and effectiveness of humanitarian actors (e.g. considering new leadership and coordination methodologies, data availability and management).

  6. WHAT QUALITY STANDARDS DOES HARP-F PRIORITISE?

    While Innovation Grants are not limited to traditional humanitarian partners, all grantees will be expected to abide by the HARP-F Ethical Policies Statement and the tenets of the Red Cross and NGO Code of Conduct.

  7. HOW MANY GRANTS WILL BE FUNDED BY THE INNOVATION GRANT INSTRUMENT? 

    The number of grants awarded will be dependent upon the quality of proposed projects that address the needs and geography articulated in the Call for Proposal documents.

  8. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES FOR INNOVATION GRANTS?

    Innovation Grants are divided into two categories, tier one and tier two. Please see the table below for an overview of the differences between the two. 

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C. PROGRAMME DETAILS

  1. HOW LONG ARE INNOVATION GRANTS INTENDED TO BE FOR? 

    Grant duration can be from 12 months to a maximum of 30 months.

  2. HOW MUCH MONEY CAN BE REQUESTED FOR EACH PROJECT? 

    For tier one projects, up to GBP 50,000 may be requested

    For tier two projects, up to GBP 200,000 may be requested, however if funding is insufficient for a particular innovation or important idea, the committee may make exception and consider a higher spending limit. 

  3. IS THERE ANYTHING INNOVATION CONCEPTS MUST INCLUDE? 

    All innovation concepts must demonstrate that they:

    • Have significant potential to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian action; i.e. improve results and outcomes. This may be by adding value, addressing blockages or constraints, providing alternative methodologies, new ways of doing things or bringing in new more effective actors.

    • Have significant potential to improve the efficiency of humanitarian action or build resilience.

    • If scaled up, the innovation has the potential to make a substantial difference and possibly reach many people previously not serviced or in hard to reach areas.

    • At the level of the beneficiary the innovation has the potential to reach the most vulnerable.

    • The innovation should have significant potential to improve the accountability of humanitarian action.

    • If a research opportunity, it should aim to assess causal impact of innovations on outcomes for vulnerable people.

    • If the innovation concerns coordination mechanisms and cross-stakeholder collaboration, it should clearly add value to the humanitarian system in Myanmar and not duplicate or replicate existing mechanisms and should take into account sustainability.

    • Achievable in the proposed timeframe.

    • Financially sound and adequately and accurately resourced and budgeted.


D. ORGANISATIONS APPLYING

  1. WHAT TYPE OF ORGANISATION IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS innovation GRANT? 

    Innovation Grants are not limited to traditional humanitarian partners and partnerships and collaborations across diverse sets of actors are especially encouraged, as positive social change is known to be best achieved through multi-stakeholder collaborations

    HARP-F can consider applications from both International NGOs (including those operating in Thailand) and reputable national Myanmar organisations that may be based in Myanmar or elsewhere, including: 

    • Constituted 'not-for-profit' organisations such as; local NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, Professional Associations or bodies, Ethnic Organisations, Networks and Coordination Bodies.

    • Academic and Research Institutions.

    • Registered and legally constituted Private Sector companies and organisations 

    HARP-F cannot accept applications from organisations:

    • actively involved in proselytising;

    • encouraging activities which may lead to civil unrest;

    • linked to any terrorist organisation as defined by UK Department for International Development (DFID); and/or

    • discriminating against any groups on the basis of gender, disability, race, colour, ethnicity, religion, or any other group.

  2. DOES AN ORGANISATION NEED TO HAVE REGISTRATION FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO APPLY FOR AN innovation GRANT? 

    No, this is not necessary to apply for Innovation Grants. 

  3. IF THE ORGANISATION HAS ALREADY COMPLETED THE DUE DILIGENCE PROCESS FOR OTHER GRANTS, SUCH AS RRF OR DELIVERY GRANTS, IS IT AUTOMATICALLY DUE DILIGENCE CLEARED FOR INNOVATION GRANTS?

    Yes. Once due diligence is cleared for any of the HARP-F funding mechanisms, an organisation is due diligence cleared for all HARP-F’s funding mechanisms. It should be noted organisations will still need to apply and be selected for the specific funding mechanism.

  4. CAN AN ORGANISATION APPLY FOR 2 FUNDING MECHANISMS FROM THE HARP FACILITY?  FOR EXAMPLE, IF AN ORGANISATION RECEIVES AN INNOVATION GRANT, CAN THEY STILL APPLY FOR A DELIVERY GRANT?

    Yes. Organisations can apply for different funding mechanisms within the HARP-F.  

  5. IS IT MANDATORY FOR ORGANISATIONS TO HAVE THEIR OWN BANK ACCOUNT TO APPLY FOR AN INNOVATION GRANT?

    No. However, depending on the financial management strength of the organisation, the HARP-F may request an organisation to have a separate account specifically for HARP-F funding.


E. PROPOSAL PROCESS

  1. WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR APPLYING FOR innovation GRANTS?

    The process for applying for innovation grants is as follows:

    • HARP-F issues a call for concept notes. Necessary templates will accompany this call.

    • Interested organisations will submit their concept note.

    • An award committee from HARP-F will meet to review all concept notes it receives and review them based upon pre-determined criteria (shared in the call for concepts document).

    • Shortlisted concept notes and successful organisations will be invited to submit a proposal with the support of HARP-F. Please note that all decisions are final. There is no appeals process. Invited organisations will be sent the proposal template as well as necessary guidance for submitting all proposal documents. (If your organisation does not receive notification of success within one month of submission, it has been unsuccessful. Only successful organisations will be contacted).

    • HARP-F to meet with those proceeding to proposal stage to provide verbal and written feedback on the concept notes, as well as provide templates for the proposal development.

    • Partner Proposals submitted within 4 weeks of notification of a successful concept.

    • Due Diligence processes (i.e. completion of the HARP-F Organisational Capacity Assessment Form and the Crown Agents Business Partner Questionnaire) completed.

    • Contracts awarded within four weeks of notification of a successful proposal.

    • Project commences.

  2. WHAT LANGUAGE ARE DOCUMENTS IN? 

    All documents are available in English and Myanmar language.

  3. WHAT LANGUAGE SHOULD CONCEPT NOTES AND PROPOSALS BE SUBMITTED IN?

    These can be submitted in either English or Myanmar language. 

  4. WILL HARP-F HELP WITH WRITING PROPOSALS AND CONCEPT NOTES?

HARP-F will not help with the writing of innovation grant concept notes.


F. PROGRAMME PROCESSES

  1. HOW WOULD THE HARP-F TRANSFER CASH TO SUCCESSFUL GRANTEES?

    Successful organisations will receive a handbook outlining all financial processes and procedures related to innovation grants. However, as an overview, it will be expected that organisations agree a funds disbursement schedule with HARP-F and transfers will be made according to the procedure agreed for each grant. 

    All transfers from HARP-F to organisations will be conducted through the banking system.  

  2. HOW OFTEN IS FINANCIAL REPORTING BE REQUIRED?

    Quarterly. 

  3. WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITY REPORTING REQUIREMENTS?

    To ensure that organisations can focus on programme delivery and operational management, reporting requirements will be kept to a minimum. 

    Quarterly: Quantitative data relating to programme activities will be reported. These specific activities and outputs to be measured will be agreed with HARP-F during contract discussions. However, all data will require disaggregation into the follow categories:

    • Gender

    • Age (under 18, over 65)

    •  Disability

    Every six months: a short, qualitative report will be submitted. The questions to be answered in the narrative reports will change throughout the project period, to reflect the focus of the project and the capacity building objectives of the organisation. These will be agreed throughout the project with HARP-F and the organisation. It is anticipated that narrative reports will be a maximum of four pages. 

  4. WHAT LANGUAGE DO ACTIVITY REPORTS HAVE TO BE SUBMITTED IN?

    Reports can be submitted in either English or Myanmar language. This will be agreed between HARP-F and the organisation during the contracting discussions.