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Top tips for applying to the Open Call

If you’re a UK SME or a South African or Kenyan organisation and have a solution to an urban challenge we’ve identified in our chosen cities, we’d love to hear from you. 

Here are our top tips for submitting a successful application during our Open Call period.


1. Make sure you know how the project has changed

It’s important to know the changes we’ve made to the project as a result of restrictions on international travel due to the spread of Covid-19. We’ve moved from a deployment model to a solution-based one. This means your idea doesn’t have to be fully realised and we can help you to develop it. The level of funding your partnership receives will depend on its level of market readiness. For more information, we have a handy blog here.


2. Ensure you are eligible and tell us how you match the marking criteria

Keep in mind we want to hear about how your solution is innovative, what impact it will have, whether your idea is feasible given the budget and time frame, and whether you have a plan for sustainability.


3. Read ALL documentation and guidance available to you

We have put together all information you will need in our FAQ page.


4. Ensure your application is done in collaboration with all partners

We are looking for applications to be made from equitable partnerships, so the application should be show clear collaboration with the partner or the project. It is important to show clear roles and goals within the partnership.

You can read here [link] an example of what an equitable partnership could look like.


5. Use the opportunity to submit supporting material

There is the option to upload a project plan, a budget and other supporting material. Use this opportunity to show us the feasibility of your project. It is also important to show us your plan for sustainability for the project.


6. If you have a question – ask!

We have channels that allow you to access information you may need.

  • Join a city challenge webinar. All webinar links are available here
  • Keep up to date with project developments and details by following us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • If you are still unable to find an answer, email us