Call For Proposal

Reinvent the Toilet Challenge - India

Solving the sanitation challenge in the developing world will require radically new innovations that are deployable on a large scale. Innovation is especially needed in the rural and urban areas, where billions of people are only capturing and storing their waste, with no sustainable way to handle it once their on-site storage—such as a septic tank or latrine pit—fills up. Sustainable solutions supporting the entire value chain of sanitation from collection till treatment is the need of the hour.  One promising approach is to seek solutions that have the appeal of the flush toilet connected to a sewer network, but don’t require that infrastructure so would therefore be more affordable, better for the environment, and less wasteful of resources. 

To this end, the goal of the “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge – India” is to fund a portfolio of Indian-led pilot projects that seek to contribute innovations that can be incorporated into a next generation toilet that will reduce the burden of excreta-related disease and improve the lives of the poor. The aim is to expand the use of toilet and sanitation technologies that do not connect to a sewer, as this is by far the most common approach used by the poor.

The Grand Challenge India (GCI) application can be made by an Indian Individual Researcher / Entrepreneur or an Indian entity/ consortium established under any relevant statute, agreement, rule or regulation in India as the Lead applicant. GCI Applicant organizations must be non-profit organizations, for-profit Companies, recognized institutions such as academia, National laboratories, research institutions, medical research institutions and foundations that have the required facilities to successfully execute the activities in their technical area. Where the opportunity exists or project requires, we encourage research organizations in other countries to be partners/ collaborators in the GCI Application. The goal of this program is to fund a portfolio of Indian-led pilot projects.

The Grand Challenge India (GCI) application can be made by an Indian Individual Researcher / Entrepreneur or an Indian entity/ consortium established under any relevant statute, agreement, rule or regulation in India as the Lead applicant. GCI Applicant organizations must be non-profit organizations, for-profit Companies, recognized institutions such as academia, National laboratories, research institutions, medical research institutions and foundations that have the required facilities to successfully execute the activities in their technical area. Where the opportunity exists or project requires, we encourage research organizations in other countries to be partners/ collaborators in the GCI Application. The goal of this program is to fund a portfolio of Indian-led pilot projects.

How to Apply

Announcement Date: 01-10-2013
Last Submission Date: 15-11-2013 12:00 AM

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