Call for Proposals: World Bank Group Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development 2018

Call for Proposals: World Bank Group Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development 2018

Deadline: August 15, 2018

Call for proposal is open for the World Bank Group’s Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development 2018. The World Bank’s Development Data Group (DECDG), in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), is interested in supporting innovative collaborations for data production, dissemination, and use. The collaborations should take place in low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries, and be directed towards sustainable development generally, and linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in particular.

This call has been issued to target improvements where needs are continuous or recurrent, and where innovations can be readily adapted to other regions and sectors. They are interested in projects that result in data or methods which allow data to be produced faster; in a more cost effective manner; at a higher resolution or granularity; or address data gaps. The ultimate goal is to encourage collaboration, experimentation, learning and capacity development in the field of sustainable development data.


  • Funding may range from between $25,000 and $250,000.


  • Any consortium, with at least two organizations, may apply. Consortium members may include social enterprises, for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies, international organizations, academic organizations, networks and partnerships. They are especially interested in proposals that bring different types of organizations together and in seeing these organizations contribute and integrate their data.
  • To better understand how the proposed project supports action and decision making, a specific end-user of the project’s outputs (e.g., a government agency or organization who needs and can act on the outputs) must be identified and included as part of the team applying. However, the lead organization may not be a government organization (including United Nations agencies) as project awards will be in the form of vendor contracts with the World Bank and subject to World Bank’s vendor contract terms.
  • Proposals must include the following elements:
    • A focus on the 2018 theme of scaling local data is required and a focus on the theme of fostering synergies between communities of non-official data and official statistics is preferred (and may strengthen your proposal);
    • A link to specific data needs of monitoring or implementing the SDGs;
    • Evidence of support and involvement from an end-user as part of the project consortium;
    • A minimum of two collaborating organizations, inclusive of the end-user;
    • Be implemented in a low- and/or lower-middle-income country.


Applicants must submit the following proposal elements, all in English, via this online application system.

  • A set of narrative responses that addresses the criteria above
  • A high-level budget (Note that awards will be in form of vendor contracts and that indirect costs or administration fees, as well as the purchase of equipment (any durable good with a value of $1,000 or more) are not allowed.)
  • Letters of support from all collaborating organizations
  • Letters of support from all end users of the project

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For more information, visit Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development.