Innovation Initiative - I2

MEDRC Water Research Grants

MEDRC Water Research is pleased to announce the launch of a new Innovation Initiative (“I2”) research grant award for Palestine and Jordan, provided through funding from the Government of the Netherlands. The I2 grant will provide research support funds to innovative and impactful projects relating to the water sector, or solutions to fresh water scarcity, with a particular interest in projects integrating renewable energy.


The Innovation Initiative will provide support funds ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 USD per project, to a small selection of promising projects in relevant areas of water research. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a continuously rolling basis, until the annual funding allocation is exhausted. The annual funding window will reset in July of each year, for a period of three (3) years.


Year 1 – July 2017 – 2018

Year 2 – July 2018 – 2019

Year 3 – July 2019 – 2020


I2 grant award recipients will be selected by an international panel of experts representing MEDRC and its regional partners, with additional representatives reflecting national priority research interests and international standards of excellence. Candidates will be scored across comprehensive criteria reflecting the strength of the research proposal, the innovation of the approach, and the strategic impact of the project on local and regional water challenges. Special consideration will also be given to projects that integrate renewable energy.


Selection criteria will be based on a scored system assessing the following:

§ Quality of research proposal

§ Applicability of research to local and regional water challenges

§ Innovation in the approach and the potential impact on the water sector

§ Scalability and sustainability of the proposed project or potential solution


Application Requirements

Innovation Initiative applicants may apply as either individuals or as a group/team. Applicants must be a resident national of Jordan or Palestine, in either Gaza or the West Bank, and provide documentation of this to be eligible. Submitted applications must be fully completed, with all required supporting documentation in order to be considered. Applicants must also be available for an interview to present their proposal.


Please find full application details and requirements below in the 'Call for Applications' and the 'Application Form' for your respective region.

I2 Call for Applications - Palestine

I2 Call for Applications - Palestine.pdf

I2 Call for Applications - Jordan

I2 Call for Applications - Jordan.pdf

I2 Application Form - Palestine

I2 Application Form 2018 - Palestine.docx

I2 Application Form - Jordan

I2 Application Form 2018 - Jordan.docx