21 Mar 2022

The third OIC Call for Proposals was launched on 10 February 2022 and closes on 09 April 2022, 23:59 CET.

The Blue Economy concept is increasingly recognized as an opportunity for coastal communities and nations to realize enhanced social and economic benefits from the sustainable utilization of their ocean and coastal resources. A key challenge to enhancing a country’s blue economy is the identification of new and additional areas of economic activity that are environmentally and socially sustainable and have viable business models that can attract private investment.

Building upon the above, the third OIC Challenge seeks innovative solutions that addresses one or more SDG 14 targets: 14.2, 14.5 and 14.7.

Please note that eligible activities for this call under SDG 14.7 should advance blue economy by focusing on new and additional ocean-related activities, outside of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, which were featured in the 2021 call.

How to Apply

  1. Interested parties should read in full the 3rd Call for Proposals: Area-Based Management & the Blue Economy and the FAQ. If your innovation addresses the theme 'Area-Based Management & the Blue Economy,' specifically one or more SDG targets SDGs 14.2, 14.5, 14.7, then you may submit your preliminary proposal online before close of the third call on 09 April 2022, 23:59 Central European Time / 17:59 Eastern Time.
  2. Proceed to registration to begin the application process.
  3. Successful applicants short-listed from the first round will be invited to submit a more detailed project proposal.
  4. UNDP's final 2022 Ocean Innovators will be announced in early 2023.