UAE government’s ‘Moonshot Pilot Grant’ to spur innovation

The government of the United Arab Emirates has launched the “Moonshot Pilot Grant», Its new innovation fund for the public sector, which offers up to $ 100,000 per pilot project to facilitate the testing of potential government initiatives and accelerate their development and implementation in the public sector. The grant aims to recruit global experts to help develop and implement innovative ideas and projects to enhance global public sector initiatives to prepare for the future of the UAE.

The grant was unveiled at the recent graduation event of the Moonshot Learning Program, implemented by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation (MBRCGI), where graduates presented their solutions and ideas to principals. ministers and government officials of the United Arab Emirates.

HE Huda Al Hashimi, Deputy Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Affairs; confirmed that the grant is aligned with the UAE government’s vision of adopting a progressive framework based on innovation and an advanced working model to enhance the government’s agility and readiness for the future.

“The Moonshot Pilot Grant will create an enabling environment for innovation in governments by setting goals, developing an overall project structure and setting achievable goals; in line with the “50 Principles” aimed at training a new generation of young talents and creating a knowledge-based economy, ”she said.

MBRCGI’s Moonshot Pilot Grant will fund projects related to the government sector, such as data, government technology, economics, global awareness, and global talent. It will also enable governments to build more sustainable and resilient economies by facilitating new public financing solutions, new tools to achieve growth, and smart spending plans for crises and emergencies.

MBRCGI is looking for the world’s best experts ready to test their innovative ideas in the United Arab Emirates. Applicants for the Moonshot grant must demonstrate concrete actions that can change the heart of governance and help create pockets of innovation that can be scaled up to support governments. Concepts must be impactful, government-enhancing, disruptive, practical, timely (to be completed in six months), globally relevant, and implemented in the UAE.

Applications close on November 18, 2021.

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