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Cambridge Global Challenges


Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is a challenge fund providing grants for innovations in education, health, early childhood development and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania.

The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is a £40 million competitive challenge fund which provides grants (value of funding: £100,001 to £500,000; £500,001 to £1,000,000; more than £1,000,000) to organisations (NGOs, companies, educational institutions) with a pro-poor approach in driving innovative approaches which aim to improve the quality, value-for-money, and sustainability of basic services in:

  • health 
  • education water
  • sanitation and hygiene (WASH)
  • early childhood development

The application process has 2 stages, the first process being a concept note and the second stage being a business plan. Applications are accepted for both pilot and scale up projects. Funding rounds include:

  1. Initial Investments: closed on 9 May 2014 
  2. Round 1: closed 
  3. Round 2: closed
  4. Round 3: currently open for applications

Other funding rounds may be announced in the future. Full information on HDIF funding rounds and how to apply can be found on the HDIF website


Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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