Do you have an innovative idea that supports responses to natural disasters or humanitarian emergencies?

The GSMA Disaster Response Innovation Fund can provide funding to help you to test or scale it. We are looking for ideas that use mobile technology to assist and empower individuals or communities affected by humanitarian emergencies, or to strengthen prevention, preparedness and response in disaster contexts.


Funding of up to £300,000 per project is available, as well as promotion and networking opportunities. We fund either: Seed Projects to test new products or services; or Market Validation Projects to replicate proven products or services.

Applicants must be a collaboration consisting of two or more Mobile Network Operators, NGOs, humanitarian agencies, national emergency/environmental bodies and/or private sector companies. Project impact should be delivered in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, or Latin America.

Applications for Round 1 opened on 7 September 2017 and closed on 13 October 2017 at 5.00pm GMT. The first portfolio of grantees and the application period for the next round of funding will be announced in 2018.


The Disaster Response programme is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the GSMA and its members.

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