Fund has announced a call for proposals for Open Window to support
research and innovation projects:
Pilot round is suitable for untested ideas. The expected output
is a proof-of-concept.
funding rounds are suitable for ideas with a degree of existing
evidence or scale. The expected outcomes are greater evidence and
greater scale. There are no defined contribution limits.
of birth is deeply unfair. Yet even people in poverty strive to
live with self-determination, dignity, and hope. The greater
agency, the less they are defined by the circumstances they were
born into. What do people need to exert agency over their lives?
There is evidence that both information and psychosocial support
play important roles. For example, tailored insights — like
customized advice and personalized coaching — can enable the
successful navigation of difficult economic and life choices.
Rigorous research indicates that such support can improve
subjective indicators like self-efficacy and life satisfaction,
along with objective outcomes like income, health status, and
educational attainment. Technology has a role to play in helping
large numbers of people access customized insights and coaching.
For example, recommender systems and personalization engines
already support consumers navigating online choices — from
purchasing decisions and investment options, to finding the right
service provider. The expansion of mobile technology, along with
the falling cost of data in low-income settings, makes it possible
to bring evidence-based guidance to people in poverty as well. A
number of organizations are already pioneering this approach. For
Precision Development provides smallholder farmers in India and
Africa with agricultural advisory services that are tailored to
local agronomic conditions.
ConsiliumBots helps Latin American students and their families
navigate the public education options that are available to them.
a social venture, builds digital tools that help East African
micro-entrepreneurs seek and share advice on informal street
The Fund is
interested in these and similar ideas that give people access to
localized, actionable insights that may prove useful to them in
the navigation of their difficult economic prospects.
contribution is $180k.
and How They Fund
strongest applications will demonstrate:
relevance to the planning and decision challenges of individuals,
households, or communities in poverty.
compelling hypothesis about specific informational or
psychosocial barriers that can keep people from realizing their
team that works at the cutting edge of social or technological
innovation, follows an evidence based approach, and has a deep
understanding of the context it operates in.
path to scale, a framework for measuring cost and benefits at
scale, and ambitious timelines.
are available to individuals with or without an institutional
funding is available only to institutions.
wide range of institutions is eligible, in principle.
they are an option, U.S. 501(c)(3) public charities offer the
lowest administrative cost and quickest turn-arounds. That said,
applications from institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin
America, and South & Southeast Asia are highly valued and
encouraged, and they work actively to promote them.
such as social ventures may be eligible for project funding so
long as all outputs of the work are made public. They are
ineligible for unrestricted organizational support, but may be
eligible for seed equity on an invitation-only basis.
information, visit The