How to Apply

Innovation Applications


Darwin Initiative Innovation welcomes applications for projects between £10,000 to £200,000. Innovation is aimed at projects intending to test and evaluate novel approaches that if proven could scale to deliver results for biodiversity conservation and multidimensional poverty reduction. Projects should last between 1 to 2 years maximum.

Applications to Round 31 of Darwin Initiative Innovation are now open.

The latest application Round opened on Wednesday 22nd May 2024.

Applications to Darwin Initiative Innovation are a single stage process. 

  • Deadline for applications: Monday 21st October 2024
  • Results are expected by end of January 2025 at the earliest

The expected start date for successful projects is from 1st April 2025.



Before applying, you should first read the Guidance documents found under How to Apply.


Application Process

Once you have read the general guidance, complete the Darwin Initiative Innovation Round 31 application form on the Flexi-Grant application portal. For drafting purposes, you may find the Word version of the Darwin Initiative Innovation Round 31 application form useful.

The budget spreadsheet for Darwin Initiative Innovation projects can be found below. 

Please note that the £100k+ budget is locked so cannot be amended to ensure that all figures link through to the Summary correctly. However, if you would like a copy of the unlocked version, please contact directly. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the budget is correctly presented. We cannot increase a budget request after a project is awarded. The Summary page will remain locked to ensure all budgets are reviewed on the same basis.

Additional materials that you will be required to complete as part of your application can be found below or downloaded from within Flexi-Grant.

For further queries, see our Frequently Asked Questions.