Digital 4 Development Prize 2016 for Achieving the SDGs

Digital 4 Development Prize 2016 for Achieving the SDGs

Deadline: June 30, 2016

Prize D4D rewards outstanding initiatives that use digitisation and (new) technologies as a lever for development towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Prize D4D consists of three categories:

  • The innovative idea / startup – ‘iStartUp’
  • The success story – ‘iStandOut’
  • The public award – ‘iChoose’

Prize D4D is a biennially initiative of the Royal Museum of Central Africa (RMCA) with the support of the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD).


  • A maximum of 3 winners will receive an award:
    • 1 winner in the category ‘iStartUp’: An internship in a Belgian incubator to the value of 25,000 euro;
    • 1 winner in the category ‘iStandOut’: A credit line of 10,000 euro to be used for (research)activities towards further development of a career (participation in conferences, training courses, etc.);
    • 1 winner in the category ‘iChoose’: A cash prize of 5,000 euro
  • Beyond its monetary value and the internship, Prize D4D offers all nominees the opportunity to increase their visibility and promote their cause to international audiences during the innovation fair and the award ceremony;
  • The remaining six nominees will receive a certificate. In addition, they can count on feedback from the jury upon request.


  • Open to everyone with an innovative idea of success story about digitisation for development can participate in the Prize D4D;
  • Works can be submitted by individuals or teams who are for example part of a university, university college, research institution, non-governmental organisation (NGO), private institution, Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Citizen Initiative, etc.

See entry rules for each category.

Application Process

  • Download the correct registration form (‘iStartUp‘, ‘iStandOut‘, ‘iChoose‘); Applicants can start answering the category-specific questions. It is very important that the form is completed in an accurate manner;
  • All necessary documents for submission can be uploaded online under the heading ‘Registration’.
  • In addition to the registration form, applicants must provide additional important information or documents during registration: a digital version of the (PhD)thesis, publication, application, etc. (‘iStandOut’) or the graphic material (‘iChoose’), the link toward the audio-visual material (‘iChoose’) or the video pitch (‘iStartUp’);
  • Applicants for the category ‘iStandOut’ are requested to send a printed version of their work in duplicate to the contact address of the Royal Museum for Central Africa the latest by the closing date of the call;

Applications that are incomplete or do not meet the D4D Prize guidelines will be disqualified and withdrawn from the selection process without prior notice.

References Dates

  • Launch of the call for applications – May 2016
  • Closing of the call for applications – June 30, 2016
  • Announcement and communication towards the nominees – October 2016
  • Award ceremony  – December 2016

For more information, visit D4D Prize.