Applying for the Grand Challenge
Call for Innovations: The All Children Reading Fund
Innovators get ready. The All Children Reading (ACR): A Grand Challenge for Development will announce the launch of its second open call for mobile literacy innovations soon.
The competition will award grant funding and a series of prizes to innovators launching new and/or scalable low-cost mobile technologies solutions that address educational challenges in low-resource communities.
To be eligible for the competition, innovators must be associated with a for-profit company, non-governmental organizations and/or associations, academic/educational research institutions, faith-based organizations, and/or civil society and foundations.
In addition, eligible innovations must apply to one of four categories:
- Technologies for instruction: Innovations that use technology to facilitate the production, distribution and utilization of reading materials for students in their mother tongue.
- Technologies for community engagement: Innovations that provide support for promoting community literacy in low-resource settings.
- Technologies for learning with disabilities: Innovations that improve literacy rates for students with special needs or disabilities.
- Technologies for specific demographics: Innovations that address cross-cutting themes like gender or promote the use of particular promising technologies.
Check back again for full application details for the Second Round of the ACR Grand Challenge for Development.
About the First Round of the ACR Grand Challenge for Development:
The ACR Grand Challenge was launched in 2011 in partnership with USAID, World Vision and AusAID to tap into the global science and tech communities to uncover the best new solutions to childhood illiteracy in the developing world.
During Round 1 of the ACR, the program funded 32 innovations in 22 countries, reaching approximately 32.6 million children through programs such as same-language subtitling of Bollywood films and TV shows in India and comprehensive electronic libraries in Ghana that cost as little as $1 per student per year to install and maintain.
Learn more about Round 1 innovators.