Apply for the UNHCR Refugee-led Innovation Fund 2022

The Refugee Led Innovation Fund champions innovation by all people who experience forced displacement. It seeks to reshape their participation in the delivery of humanitarian work by placing them at the centre of decisions affecting their lives, and ensuring that they lead the identification of needs and the design of innovative solutions.

The Fund provides a holistic support mechanism combining financial resources, mentoring and other expertise directly to organisations led by people who experience forced displacement.  This will enable them to design new interventions which will have a lasting positive impact on their communities.

The Refugee-Led Innovation Fund proposes a fundamental shift in programme architecture. It takes a grassroot approach whereby organizations led by people who experience forced displacement are directly provided with meaningful financial resources and the support required to implement innovative approaches.


  • Only organisations that are led by people who experience forced displacement are eligible to apply. This includes refugees, asylum-seekers, the internally displaced, returnees and stateless people


  • All costs related to the project activities can be covered by the grant including procurement of goods and services as well as personnel/staffing costs  needed to advance the aims of the project.
  • Office costs and overhead costs , if they can clearly be linked to the project, can be covered by the grant. The Grant cannot be used for purchasing goods or services for personal use

How to apply

The Innovation Service is operating a two-stage selection process to screen applications. Only shortlisted teams will be invited to submit a full application.

For the first stage, organisations are invited to submit their Expression of Interest between June 17 to July 17 by providing a short overview of the challenge the team is facing and their envisioned idea or solution.

The Innovation Service will then review these applications Shortlisted teams will be notified and will have three weeks to submit a full application. They will receive support from the Innovation Service and UNHCR country offices in submitting their full applications

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the UNHCR Refugee-led Innovation Fund 2022. Application Deadline: July 17, 2022

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