“NOTE: The 2nd call for proposals is closed. We would like to thank you very much for your participation. The announcement of the winners can be found HERE


Before filling out the application form, make sure to read carefully the guidelines that explain in detail all the aspects of the application process and the selection criteria. Click here to download


In case you have additional queries which are not covered in the guidelines, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. If your question remains unanswered, a chat room will be available for all applicants in the application portal. Click here to download

Concept note: guidance and common mistakes

Find an overview of specific issues found to be commonly misunderstood in the Concept Note application, with guidance on how to make corrections and adjustments, Click here to download


IAP secures a transparent evaluation and selection process by working with a multi-player independent appraisal process, so that no-single person can influence the process and/or the final outcome in any way. The selection process steps and assessment criteria are well-defined and shared with all parties. In order to guarantee fairness and best results, all companies in the application process will have equal access  to information. IAP management will not enter into any individual communications during the call. Any inquires should be posted on the public Question Wall, available on in the application centre after you have registered. We also encourage you to read the FAQ and Application Guidelines available on IAP website.

Final selection of awarded companies will be done by an independent panel of experts. Applicants can contact directly the IAP Executive Manager at cvanderjagt@snv.org to denounce any corruption practice or case.


The IAP application process is organized around three phases: submission of a concept note and if shortlisted, face-to-face pitch, followed by submission of a full business plan. Each concept note will be reviewed to ensure that it complies with the minimum eligibility criteria and will then be evaluated against the basic assessment criteria, including company’s profile, project viability, inclusiveness, innovation, social impact, gender and environmental integration, cost-effectiveness, and additionality. Shortlisted candidates will subsequently be invited to do a face-to-face pitch and if successful, will proceed to submit a full business plan, which will be evaluated against the full list of assessment criteria, which includes in addition to the basic assessment criteria: sustainability and scaling, and risk analysis and mitigation. The applicant will be invited to attend a workshop for technical guidance on how to develop a full business plan prior to the submission. The application process consists of the following steps:


The application process runs through innovationsagainstpoverty.org. Start the process by registering yourself in the online application portal. The link will be made available upon the opening of the call on March 31, 2020.  By registering yourself, your draft application will be automatically saved in order to finalise your application at a time that suits you best. Secondly, fill out the concept note application form and follow the instructions through to submission. If you are short-listed, you will be invited to do a face-to-face pitch.


Download the application guidelines here.

Download the IAP leaflet here.

Download the Terms and Conditions here.

Download the application form in Word format here.

Download the presentation held during the launching event in PDF format here.

NOTE: only applications submitted online will be considered, this file is for preparations purposes only.