Hosted by:
UNDP – Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Polish Challenge Fund

Submission deadline:
September 30, 2020


The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted not only the health sector, but also the global socioeconomic situation. The Polish Challenge Fund is launching a second call for innovative solutions to address the emerging development issues resulting from the global health crisis.

BOOST will support the implementation of solutions in Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus and scale them across the Europe and Central Asia region and beyond. ​Applicants can apply for any of the following issue areas: new digital services and voice, low touch economies, wellbeing. Up to five applicants will be selected to join the BOOST acceleration program and receive funding between $20,000 USD and $40,000 to prototype and implement their solution. The applicants should provide co-funding of at least 20% of the total cost of the project. Partnerships with local partners need to be documented.

Guiding Principles

Budget Breakdown

Contract Template Form

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a registered entity – private sector entity (commercial company), university or research institute – in the Republic of Poland.
  • The project must be implemented in one of the partner countries: Ukraine or Republic of Belarus
  • The applicant must provide co-funding of at least 20% of the total cost of the project. Co-funding can be in-kind or financial. Co-funding above the minimum threshold is preferred and will be taken into account during evaluation.
  • An applicant may submit one application per country (Ukraine and Republic of Belarus), however, only one application per applicant will be selected for funding.

Selection Criteria

  • Scalability​: Solutions that arescalable across countries
  • Viability​: The applicant is required to engage local partners to ensure viability in Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus.
  • Management: ​The applicant must demonstrate it has an adequate team in place and will have the capacity to implement the solution in 3–6 months
  • Potential for impact​: Solutions that can improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable groups.
  • Innovation​: Solutions that use cutting-edge technologies, social and digital innovation tools and that transform current business models with digitalization
  • Effectiveness​: Solutions that demonstrate how they will tackle one of the issues areas impacted by Covid-19.


27 July:
Open Call
30 September:
Submission Deadline
Winners Announcement
October 2020 - April 2021:
BOOST Program Delivery

Who can apply

Type of applicant:
Private sector companies, Research institutes, Universities
List of eligible locations:


Low touch economy

New Digital Services & Voice


The BOOST acceleration program will be conducted through an online-based platform which will encourage experience sharing and collaboration between teams. Each of the online sessions will be led by experienced industry experts. Mentorship and guidance will continue following the end of the training program. The solutions will be supported by our established UNDP and innovation partnership network to ensure their scalability and transformative nature.

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About the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland:

In December 2019, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP launched the Polish Challenge Fund (PCF), which supports private sector engagement in development cooperation. PCF is an innovative platform for gathering, identifying and implementing solution proposals that will be sustainable, relevant to the local context of implementation, scalable and replicable. The first call for proposals was launched in early 2020 and five innovative solutions in the ICT sector and green technologies were selected for implementation in Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus. The goal is to facilitate the transfer of Polish know-how, technology and innovative solutions in these areas from the private sector, research institutes and universities. PCF is funded by the Polish Aid programme, coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Polish Aid focuses on good governance, democracy and human rights, entrepreneurship and the private sector, sustainable agriculture and rural development, and environment protection.