Tech4Dev – Call for Projects

The Tech4Dev research activities consist of two calls for collaborative research projects between Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and EPFL researchers. The first call will be launched in December 2019 and will fund up to 4 projects for a duration of two years, starting from February 2020. 

A  second call will be launched in October 2020 with an additional 4 projects that will be funded for two years. The selection of projects will be done by an independent international expert panel.

Note: Each project will be supported with a maximum of CHF 300’000 each. This budget will need to be split according to the contribution of each of the project partners. At least 40% of the budget will need to be disbursed in the global South; a maximum of CHF 180k can be used for EPFL research activities, e.g. for funding of a PhD/ Post-Doc for up to two years.


The first call for proposals is now closed. Next call will open in October 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if your institution/laboratory is interested or if you have any additional questions.

Application Process:


Members of the Tech4Impact NGO Council have the opportunity to submit up to 3 challenges faced in the global South (please see documents below).  A matchmaking is then done with EPFL labs working on technologies in these domains.

2019 – NGO Submission Form

NGO Submitted challenges:


We kindly invite EPFL researchers to browse the challenges of the NGOs (see left) to see if your developed technological solutions can be used to address one or more of these challenges. If this is the case, please fill in the following application form.

2019 – Application Form

Note: If your work does not match any challenge stated above, but relates to another pertinent problem in the global South, we invite you to fill in the form as well and we will then try to match your work with one of our partner NGOs.

Please note that your technology or innovation should be ready for testing and implementation in the global South within the next 8-12 months. 

Project Selection:

The projects are evaluated  by an international expert panel, according to the following criteria: Selection Criteria