The GEN Alumni Innovation Fund supports members’ innovative work with one another, and with global networks of colleagues and organisations. It supports them to apply the knowledge, skills and approaches developed in GEN events in collaborative initiatives of shared learning, convening and on-the-ground action. An important goal of the Fund is to enhance cross-learning among academics and practitioners in the field, bringing science, policy and practice together.
Over the years, the fund has enabled GEN alumni to design and carry out a variety of projects, including supporting their leadership as organisers and resource people in other GEN events. We are currently fundraising to replenish the fund in order to support future collaborations among GEN alumni. We are not currently accepting applications.
GEN alumni are invited to submit project proposals that tap into the alumni’s collective potential for innovation and action to solve contemporary environmental issues. Initial concept papers should be shared with relevant GEN members, who can be found using the GENet online platform and can provide comments and suggestions. Final two-page (1000 word) proposals, with an itemised budget and an indication of which GEN member reviewed the concept note, are then submitted to GDF for review by a grants committee. Preference will be given to applicants that have never received a GEN Innovation grant in the past, and only one proposal could be submitted per person per calendar year.
We are anticipating awarding relatively small grants of €1000 to €3000 per person; for group grants these limits would be multiplied by the number of alumni involved (e.g. a project proposed as a collaboration between two alumni could have a budget range of €2000 to €6000 whereas a project involving four alumni could range from €4000 to €12,000).
Requests may be submitted throughout the year, and the grants committee will seek to make a decision within a month after receiving a final proposal. A short report with photos should be sent to the GDF International Programme Director within a month after the funded event or initiative finishes, and a short description of the activity with one image should be uploaded to the GEN stories page.
The Alumni Innovation Fund entertains proposals that include creative ideas for tapping the alumni’s collective potential for innovation and action to solve contemporary environmental issues. Eligible initiatives would include:
For further information, please contact GEN Co-Director Susannah McCandless (firstname.lastname@example.org).