The Global Development Network organizes a range of awards and contests to support early career researchers to conduct locally relevant research and make their findings known:
The Global Development Awards Competition, which include the Japanese Award for the Most Innovative Development Project and the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development. These include significant prize monies, with a top prize of about $30,000 to winning entries. GDN organizes an annual, open call for proposals for prizes in each of these categories. The winners of the 2016 round were announced in Lima, Peru in March 2016.
The Japan Social Development Fund Award in which winners of the Most Innovative Development Project award are eligible to apply. This award provides assistance to exceptionally marginalized and disadvantaged groups by supporting innovative development projects in developing countries. The top prize is usually US$ 200,000.
GDN's Next Horizons Essay Contest Now closed, the contest invited original and innovative thinking to inform the ongoing discourse on development assistance and its role in post-2015 development finance. The international contest received 1,470 submissions from 142 countries around the world. Winning essayists continue to promote their ideas in top-rated development institutions with support from GDN.
KOICA 2014 Now closed, the contest, funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and administered by GDN, identified and recognized research papers engaging in promising growth studies that investigate the salient features of Korea’s development experience and prospects for developing countries. Over 180 submissions from 41 countries were received for the inaugural round of the competition.
The Medals for Research on Development (MRD) were discontinued from 2015 onwards.
I gained greatly in terms of academic skills through my work supported by GDN. My sponsored attendance to conferences and events in other countries gave me both visibility and a chance to expand my network beyond national boundaries.
Sara Wong, Ecuador
First Prize Winner
Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development, 2012