The GSMA Mobile for Humanitarian Innovation Fund aims to promote innovation in the use of mobile technology to address humanitarian challenges.


Funding of up to £300,000 per project is available, as well as mentoring, networking, project support and promotion. This funding round will test new technical solutions, catalyse ideas to improve or transform institutional systems, and enable solutions to empower, assist or protect individuals and communities affected by complex emergencies and forced displacement. Project impact should be delivered in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, or Latin America. Download the full terms.


All grant funded projects are expected to provide examples of best practice and lessons learnt on how mobile technology can address the Fund’s 5 key themes within humanitarian contexts: (1) Mobile Enabled Utilities (2) Gender & Inclusivity (3) Mobile Financial Services (4) Digital Identity (5) Food Security, Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change.

The Fund is especially interested in projects – implemented through collaborative partnerships – that can demonstrate long-term sustainability (i.e. commercial, technical, social, economic, environmental) beyond the lifespan of the grant. The Fund is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the GSMA, and its members.

Should you have any outstanding questions that are not addressed by the term sheet, please email Responses to all questions received by 18.00 BST on 31st July 2018, will be published on the GSMA M4H website by 18.00 BST on 3rd August. Any questions received after the deadline will receive individual responses where possible.

The application portal will close on 10th August at 18.00 BST. Applications cannot be submitted after this time. Please note that any applications that are incomplete after the submission deadline will be considered ineligible.

This concept note form should be completed by the lead applicant/organisations (the organisation that will sign a grant contract with the GSMA)

Applications for Round 2 opened on 16 July 2018 and will close on 10 August 2018 at 18:00 BST.