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One Young World Novartis Lead2030 Challenge for SDG15 (US$50,000 grant)

Application Deadline: 18 December, 5:00pm GMT

How can technology shield and restore terrestrial ecosystems and freshwater supplies?

Novartis looks forward to supporting SDG 15 by funding a project, which utilises data/digital/novel technologies in order to generate positive action, protect, restore and sustainably use the services provided by the natural land ecosystem.

The project should address at least one of the following:

  • Freshwater recycling capacity

  • Restoring biodiversity of the ecosystem

  • Deforestation

  • Desertification

The project should deliver quantifiable results and be a long-term sustainable solution. Ideas with an assessable proof of concept would be preferred.

Challenge criteria

  • Aligned: Evidently aligned with the SDG 15 challenge. See ‘About’.

  • Youth-led: Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.

  • Focused: Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.

  • Proven: Readily available, in or past implementation phase.

  • Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, or developing skills.

  • Measurable: Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.

  • Financially viable: Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.

  • Scalable: Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.


The winning solution will receive:

  • A US$50,000 grant from Novartis

  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of Novartis professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organisation, such as:

  • Business strategy

  • Best practices for data collection

  • Monitoring and evaluation

  • Product design


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