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Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) 2024

Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) 2024 – Under the Global Development Awards Competition 2024, the Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) 2024 is a competitive research grant program that identifies and funds outstanding research proposals in low- or middle-income countries with high potential for excellence in research and clear policy implications for addressing development issues.


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Three winning projects will receive grants worth US$ 60,000. The awards will be given to the researcher(s) whose proposals hold the greatest promise for improving our understanding of development issues and puts forth clear, articulate and well researched policy implications to address relevant developmental problems.

The first prize winner will receive a grant of US$ 30,000. The second prize and third prize winners will receive a grant of US$ 20,000 and US$ 10,000 respectively. The funds will be used to support the research work proposed by the winners towards the completion of their research. Additionally, awardees will be paired with world-class academic in their area of work who will play the role of a Scientific and Technical Advisor.

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Finalists will join a virtual Communications Training before presenting their projects to the jury. The session will take place virtually in mid-April as a satellite event of INGSA2024. Stay tuned!

The last date for submission is May 24, 2024 (6:00 PM Indian Standard Time).

Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development (ORD) 2024 Important Dates

  • Deadline for submissions: May 24, 2024
  • Eligibility screening results: June 3, 2024
  • First Level review results (shortlisted applications) and comments from reviewers: July 15, 2024
  • Resubmission of the updated application by the shortlisted applicants: July 28, 2024
  • Second Level review results (finalists) & comments from reviewers: September 13, 2024
  • Resubmission of updated applications by the finalists: September 29, 2024
  • Announcement of finalists: September 30, 2024
  • Announcement of winners: November, 2024

Call for ORD Proposals  Application Template  |  Guidelines for use of the Application Submission Portal  |  FAQs  |  TOR for ORD Reviewers
*Contains competition guidelines, eligibility and review criteria, application procedure, selection process and a detailed description of the theme


GDN recognizes the imbalance in the opportunities provided to women in professional research, as well as the consequences of unconscious gender bias in review processes in environments across the world. GDN also recognizes the impact these factors can have on the prospects of women researchers in securing awards and funding.

Starting with the 2022 edition, GDN is planning to embed more equitable grant-making processes to guarantee that more women have the opportunity to compete and win while still maintaining a high-quality standard on the evaluation. Therefore, GDN will institute a selection process for GDAC where we will make all efforts to guarantee gender representation amongst the three finalists of the ORD category.

We are taking this step in parallel to a revamped Capacity-building Framework for individuals or NGOs that are interested in GDAC since we will aim to support them regardless of their success in the review process. This means that we will develop activities for prospective applicants, grantees, and past grantees so that they develop some skills useful for other competitions or endeavors. We hope this will contribute to building capacity and empowering southern researchers including women.

GDN strongly encourages female researchers to engage and apply.


The 2022 edition introduced the Connector Grant which aims to stimulate international cooperation through the development of collaborative projects to support scale-up efforts with research-based evidence. The Connector grant will be awarded to ORD grantees, based on a project developed in collaboration with the MIDP grantees who received the JSDF grant. This grant will support the award recipients’ collaborative efforts towards measuring and analyzing scale-up impact, as well as to enhance the robustness of their M&E activities. The application to this grant will only take place after the full implementation of the funded ORD project and will not be part of the selection of the ORD winners.

Are you part of a non-profit Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) or Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from a low or lower-middle-income country?
If yes, then check the call for the 2024 edition of the Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project (MIDP)!



  • ORD Reviewers – View the ToR  |  Deadline: May 11, 2024
  • MIDP Reviewers – View the ToR  |  Deadline: May 11, 2024
  • Communications Training Consultant – View the ToR  |  Deadline: August 19, 2024

If you have a grievance regarding the implementation of this project or towards its future impacts, send an email to awards@gdn.int, with a copy to fobino@gdn.int or check www.gdn.int/awards/grievance for further instructions.


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