The Call for Innovations for the SDGs 2019 was initiated by the UN in collaboration with the Global Innovation Exchange, and took place from March 6, 2019 to March 29, 2019

The Call sought workable scientific and technological innovations to achieve the five SDGs that are the focus of the fourth multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) in 2019, namely:

See the selected innovations that were invited to take part in an exhibition at the 2019 STI Forum in New York 14-15 May 2019.

Focus for STI Forum 2019

The call was open to innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs and sustainability change agents worldwide. The STI Forum sought their workable solutions for SDG implementation. 

Innovations that met the following criteria were invited to apply: 

  1. You hadn't already submitted an innovation for consideration for the STI Forum 2019. 
  2. Your innovation had not been showcased at past STI Forum events. 
  3. Your innovation had successfully gone through a proof of concept phase and you are looking to scale up your innovation. Read more about the stages of innovation
  4. Your innovation was working to achieve one of the five SDGs that are the focus of the STI Forum 2019 below:

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

 Innovations were sought from diverse backgrounds, including women, youth, Indigenous peoples, and open collaborative networks. 

Innovators had the chance to show their workable solution that had successfully gone through a proof-of-concept phase and was looking to scale!

Didn't get a chance to apply?

Check out even more opportunities with Global Innovation Exchange

Innovations submitted to the Call are featured on Global Innovation Exchange's (GIE)  searchable database of nearly 11,000 innovations, used by press, donors, funders and investors, and can access a comprehensive list of all available innovation funding opportunities across development . 

All innovations that are working to achieve the five SDGs featured in this call were reviewed carefully.

STI Forum 2019 Winners

See the winning profiles of the innovations that were featured during the STI Forum 2019.

View winning innovations here

About STI Forum 2019
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