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UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Prize to a USA, Canada, or International Individual and Prize to an
Organization to Recognize Contributions to Benefit People With Disabilities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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UNESCO

Deadline Date:

09/21/20

Description:

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Prize to a USA, Canada, or International individual and prize to an organization, government entity, or company to recognize contributions to benefit people with disabilities. The program is intended to reward the outstanding contributions of applicants that promote inclusion and the enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities in society. Applicants should demonstrate an effective, innovative, and inclusive application of digital solutions, including an immediate response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Prize will be offered biennially in 2020/2021. The Prize will be awarded in each biennial edition and will be divided equally to:

  • An Individual Person; and
  • An Organization.

The theme of the Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities 2020 is innovative ideas targeting people living with disabilities for immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This covers any of these three lines of action aimed at creating benefits:

  • Formulating policy, advocacy, co-operation, and partnerships;
  • Creating and developing digital solutions, enabling environments and processes, including tools and resources; and
  • Building and strengthening capacities of people to create, adapt, and use digital solutions in a cost-efficient and sustainable manner.

The Prize adopts a broad definition of the term digital solutions as any of the following:

  • Digital technologies: any digital informational or communication device or application, including but not restricted to mobile phones, computers, laptops, televisions, radios, satellite systems, networks, hardware, software, and applications;
  • Digital resources: content and information that are accessible through digital technologies; and
  • Enabling environments and processes: standards, tools, physical, technical and online infrastructures, resources, and locations.

These awards are for individuals and organizations and are not for projects or programs. Successful individuals and organizations will usually have undertaken a series of relevant projects and programs, developed appropriate tools or resources, and enhanced co-operation and partnerships that will contribute to their achievements, but it is the overall personal or organizational contribution that will be assessed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189614

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$40,000

Number of Grants:

2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Monetary reward of USD 20,000 each and a diploma.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are individuals (applying either individually, or representing a group of people) or organizations (an institution, non-governmental organization or other public or private entity). The Prize adopts a broad definition of organizations for the purpose of eligibility, including government departments, non-governmental organizations (including charitable organizations, faith-based organizations, research and educational organizations, trade unions, professional associations and foundations) and companies (both for-profit and social enterprises).

Individuals and organizations applying for the Prize must have been active in the field for a minimum of five years, and have proven results from their efforts and activities.

Ineligible recipients:
Previous recipients of the UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, or the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities are not eligible to apply. Anyone else who submitted an application to previous editions of these prizes can submit a new application.

Members of staff of UNESCO as well as present and previous Jurors for this Prize may not apply.

Pre-Application Information:

No later than on 21 September 2020, all interested applicants are invited to:

Step 1: Complete the application form, either in English or French, available separately for individuals and institutions online.

Step 2: Share their inspiring story on the online platform entitled “Story4Development” which was created to collect stories of empowerment that constitutes an important set of case studies and data from which different stakeholders can draw to develop informed policies, community actions, and business plans. Applicants should sign up by creating an account, share your story and request validation.

Step 3: Request for endorsement of your application. Nominations can be endorsed and proposed by Ministries in charge of relations with UNESCO, National Commissions for UNESCO and Non-governmental organizations having official relations with the Organization. After completion of your application form, please contact without a delay the eligible institution requesting endorsement. The endorsement of application forms is to be submitted by 15 September 2020.

Announcement: November 2020: UNESCO will announce the names of the winners in a press release and communicate the decision to the winners and other applicants.

On 3 December 2020, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the laureates (individual and institution) will receive the prize which consists of a monetary reward of USD 20,000 each and a diploma. There, the Prize-winner(s) will give, if possible, a lecture on a subject relevant to the work for which the Prize has been awarded.

Call for Nominations:
https://en.unesco.org/news/call-nominations-2020-2021-unescoemir-jaber-al-ahmad-al-jaber-al-sabah-prize-digital

Eligibility Criteria:
https://en.unesco.org/prizes/digital-empowerment/eligibility-criteria

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit nomination:
- Organizations: https://en.unesco.org/feedback/unescoemir-jaber-al-ahmad-al-jaber-al-sabah-prize-organizations
- Individuals: https://en.unesco.org/feedback/unescoemir-jaber-al-ahmad-al-jaber-al-sabah-prize-individuals

By post:
UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
Communication and Information Sector
7, place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
France
By telephone: +33 (0)1 45 68 10 58
Email: ict-pwd@unesco.org

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Israel

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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