Climate Innovation Challenge

How might we combine rigorous economic analysis with new data, technology, and insights from climate science and ecology to promote economic and financial policies that fight climate change?

Upcoming Pitch Event to Select the Winners!

Mark your calendars for the upcoming pitch event, where we will select the winners of the Climate Innovation Challenge!

 

The event will take place on Thursday, May 26 at 3:00 p.m. EST. Webcast link information will be shared shortly.

 

During the Pitch Event, a panel of judges, including the live audience, will select winning teams from the eight finalists who have successfully completed the innovation training and solution development bootcamp. Winning teams will receive up to $50,000 in seed funding to develop a concrete proof of concept to further their ideas.

 

Congratulations to all who have made it to this stage. Good luck to the teams who are preparing their pitches:

 

  1. Machine Learning-Based Toolbox for Climate Policy Analysis
  2. Adapting External Sector Assessments to Climate Change
  3. Model-Based Macroeconomic Frameworks for Assessing Climate Impact
  4. Monitoring Disaster-Related Trade Disruptions from Space
  5. Reducing Carbon Footprint Through Green Procurement
  6. DMXi—Introducing Scenario Analysis to Integrate Climate Change in Your Country’s Macro Framework
  7. Tools to Advance Sustainable Travel
  8. Hunger Monitoring from Space: Climate Shocks, Agricultural Stress, and Food 

 

This challenge is sponsored by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and organized by the IMF’s Office of Innovation and Change. World Resources Institute is a technical partner for the challenge.

Shortlisted Proposals

We are pleased to announce the shortlisted proposals. Congratulations to the project teams, and a big thank you to all who participated! All proposals from the previous longlist phase were carefully evaluated against the challenge criteria by a panel of 23 IMF and external topic experts to shortlist the finalists.  

 

The top 9 finalists will be invited to take part in our innovation training and solution development bootcamp starting in January. The teams that successfully complete the bootcamp will pitch their project proposals at the Final Pitch Event in May 2022.

   

Shortlisted Proposals by Category: 

 

Category

Proposal

Integrating climate and environmental sustainability into macro-frameworks

A Machine Learning-Based Toolbox for Climate Policy Analysis

Adapting External Sector Assessments to Climate Change

Model-Based Macroeconomic Frameworks for Assessing Climate Impact

Road to net-zero: Occupational mobility and labor reallocation impacts of climate transition shocks

DMXi – Introducing Scenario Analysis to Integrate Climate Change in Your Country’s Macro Framework

New data and technologies for the design of economic policy responses

Monitoring Disaster-Related Trade Disruptions from Space

Hunger Monitoring from the Space: Climate Shocks, Agricultural Stress, and Food Security

Reducing the environmental footprint of international organizations

Tool to Advance Sustainable Travel

Putting our money where our mouth is – how to reduce our carbon footprint through GREEN PROCUREMENT

 

 This challenge is sponsored by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs and organized by the IMF’s Office of Innovation and Change. World Resources Institute is a technical partner for the challenge.  

Longlisted Proposals

Thank you for participating in the IMF Climate Innovation Challenge. We are excited to announce the longlisted proposals.  Feel free to browse, vote and comment on proposals.

 

We are now in the Matchmaking Phase where IMF staff will be invited to register interest in proposals until October 31.

 

After the Matchmaking Phase, the Challenge evaluation committee will review all proposals and select a shortlist by the end of November. Shortlisted teams will be invited to develop their proposals further.

 

More information on the longlisting and matchmaking process can be found in the Q&A section.

 

Thank you to everyone for your interest and ideas thus far!

About the Challenge

Welcome to the IMF Climate Innovation Challenge!

 

 

IMF Staff, international organizations, country authorities, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs, including related think tanks) are invited to submit ideas that have the potential to enhance the IMF's capacity development, policy advice, and operational impact in areas where economic and financial policies intersect with climate change.

 

We expect proposals in the following broad topic areas. Please click on a topic area to see guiding questions and suggested resources: 

1. Climate-related financial markets, risk management and asset valuation
2. New data and technologies for the design of economic policy responses
3. Smart communication to increase buy-in and traction of climate policies
4. International spillovers and illicit activities around economic/climate policies

5. Integrating climate and environmental sustainability into macro-frameworks
6. Reducing the environmental footprint of international organizations - Submission for this topic is restricted to international organizations only.

 

As proposals may fit multiple categories, submitters can designate a primary and secondary topic area for their idea. Submissions could be one or a combination of the following:

 

(i) Practical tools or models that could be used in surveillance, capacity development and operations to support policy advice and design. The tangible outcome of such projects could be software and codes, data dashboards, websites, manuals, spreadsheet-based assessment or projection tools, business processes, etc.

 

(ii) Analytical work that investigates novel questions or empirical relationships where economics and finance intersect with climate and environmental sustainability. The tangible outcome of such projects could be new knowledge that is directly useful in Fund surveillance or CD, and can be disseminated in surveillance documents, technical assistance reports, papers, seminars, blogs, etc.

 

Challenge Process

 

Proposal submission and evaluation will follow a phased approach, with each phase having its own eligibility and access rules. 

 

Phase

Description

Phase One – Open Submissions (Jun to Sep 2021)

IMF staff, relevant multilateral organizations, country authorities and CSOs will be invited to submit solution ideas to problems around economic analysis of climate change and environmental sustainability, and related policy design.

 

All submissions are visible only to submitters in this phase and will not be visible to the public unless they are selected for the longlist in phase 2. Private attachments can be used to attach documents not viewable to the public.

 

Phase Two – Longlisting and matchmaking (Oct 2021)

A long list of best submissions will be chosen by mid Oct. After this IMF staff will have the option to join or sponsor longlisted project submissions that they find of special relevance for their work at the IMF by the end of Oct. 

 

Only submissions selected for the long list will be visible to the public and open for matchmaking.

 

Phase Three – Shortlisting and bootcamp (Nov 2021 to Mar 2022)

The challenge evaluation committee will select a short list from the longlisted submissions. Shortlisted teams must also provide proof of employment and support from their organizations in order to participate in the OIC accelerator bootcamp.  This is planned to be completed by end of Nov.

 

Eligible finalists from the short list will join the solution development bootcamp organized by the IMF’s Office of Innovation and Change (OIC).

 

The bootcamp will provide training to project teams on how to tailor solutions to IMF and stakeholder needs using innovation best practices. The last training session will prepare teams on how to do their pitch and prepare the project charter. Teams participating in the bootcamp will set up an Advisory Board that helps them further tailor their solutions to IMF needs.

 

Phase Four – Pitch Event (Apr 2022)

The finalists who successfully complete the bootcamp will present their project proposal to a wide audience, and a judging panel will select the winning proposals.

 

Winners enter the OIC Accelerator Program and receive funding up to $50k subject to accepting the IMF Terms of Engagement for project costs. Funding will be subject to demand and availability. IMF retains the right to cancel engagements at any time.

 

Phase Five – Proof of concept development (Apr 2022 to Apr 2023)

IMF staff and external experts in the winning teams jointly develop a fully functional proof of concept (pilot) and/or an analytical piece while providing regular status reports to the OIC innovation team and the Advisory Board.

 

Successfully completed projects can be mainstreamed into IMF surveillance, capacity development and operations.

 

 

 

Evaluation Criteria

 

The project submissions will be evaluated against the following criteria:

 

1. Relevance and potential impact: relevance to the IMF’s agenda and mandate, and the potential for the solution to benefit a wide audience at the Fund and member countries. The relevance is particularly determined by its practical usefulness to staff when engaging in capacity development, surveillance, or program work. 

2. Feasibility: Project is practical and feasible, and can be completed within 12-18 months

3. Innovation/Additionality: the project addresses a novel topic that is not well-covered by existing IMF research/operational work or adds a new angle/original thinking to an existing strand of research or operational work.

4. Team composition & engagement: the proposing team meets eligibility criteria and has the appropriate skills, knowledge, motivation, collaboration and bandwidth to facilitate solution-finding and implementation.

5. Support: commitment from respective managers outside and inside the IMF is secured, and it is evident that team members and partnering organizations can make time to focus on the project. There is clear interest from IMF staff to support the project.

 

Intellectual Property

 

You are solely responsible for the submission posted on this challenge platform. By participating in the IMF Climate Innovation Challenge, the participant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submission, including all content, tools, models, analysis, and practical solutions, is an original work created solely by the participant and does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that to the extent it includes any third party input, the copyright owner of that input has authorized its use by participant. Please bear in mind that any information sourced from the Web may be subject to contractual “terms of use” imposed by the source website, and you are responsible for ensuring your compliance therewith.

 

Copyright of all submissions remains with you. However, by participating in the IMF Climate Innovation Challenge, all participants agree to grant the IMF and challenge sponsors a worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty free license to use, reproduce, copy, publicly display, sublicense, modify and fully exploit the submission, in whole or in part, including by publishing any successful proposals leading to funding by the IMF and challenge sponsors under open-source licensing. You agree that the IMF and challenge sponsors may use any ideas, content, tools, models, analysis, and practical solutions you have submitted for its business purpose, without further consideration. Similarly, the IMF or the challenge sponsor has no obligation to use any of the submissions in the IMF Climate Innovation Challenge.

 

Partners & Sponsors

 

 The IMF thanks:

 

The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) for supporting this challenge

 

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The World Resources Institute (WRI) for being the technical partner in this challenge

 

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