The INNOVATE Call for Proposals seeks applications from eligible organizations, companies and institutions (i) to pilot a Non-Traditional Finance (NTF) product/service focused on rapid testing and learning OR (ii) to document through a case study an ongoing or completed initiative related to NTF. The initiatives should demonstrate the potential and/or ability of products, services, or delivery channels that can catalyze and/or foster the adoption of agricultural innovations by women and men smallholder farmers in East Africa, South America and South Asia.


Minimum organizational requirements:

  • Legally registered entities with audited financial statements for the last two years and proof of legal registration for a commercial entity/NGO, or proof of legal registration for a research institute AND current financial policy and procedures
  • Minimum three years’ experience

Applicants shall propose initiatives for implementation in the target regions/countries:

  • East Africa (Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda)
  • South America (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru)
  • South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

Applicants shall apply only for one type of grant and clearly identify/demonstrate a matching contribution.

Available Funding

  • Successful proposals will be awarded up to $200,000 CAD (pilot award) or up to $50,00 CAD (case study award)

Useful Links


CORIS Deadline for Internal Review Please contact Heloise Emdon
cuResearch Checklist Deadline September 29, 2017
Submission to Sponsor October 6, 2017 11:59 PM ET

Submitting Your Checklist

  • Checklists must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact Heloise Emdon.