A partnership between
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations & BMW Group
IIA Awards Ceremony - Vienna, Austria

About The Award

The Intercultural Innovation Award is now open for applications!

You can download the English version of the Application Guidelines here. Please note that translations of the Application Guidelines into the five other United Nations languages will be available shortly.

Only online applications are accepted. To apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award, you must have a user account. Register as a new user or log into your account now.

Click here to access our application form.

Deadline for submissions is 30 September 2015 at 5pm New York time.

The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support the most innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world.

Not-for-profit organizations that are active in promoting intercultural understanding, with a track record of managing intercultural projects and willingness to expand their range of action, are eligible to apply. These organizations should be working in the fields of:

– migration and integration;

– intercultural awareness;

– education for intercultural citizenship;

– and/or be organizations addressing the needs of specific groups in promoting intercultural understanding (e.g. faith-based, youth, women, media, etc.)

The Intercultural Innovation Award is bestowed upon ten organizations. Awardees receive one year of support and consulting from the UNAOC and the BMW Group, which will assist their projects to increase their effectiveness. Support will also be provided to successful projects so that they can be replicated in other contexts or settings where they might be relevant. The specific support received will depend on the individual needs of the projects.

A detailed needs assessment will be conducted in conjunction with each of the awardees. The UNAOC and the BMW Group will then mobilize resources to help those projects achieve their goals. After one year, a comprehensive evaluation will be performed in order to assess the impact of the Award on successful projects.

The organizations of awardees will also become members of Intercultural Leaders, an exclusive skills and knowledge-sharing platform for civil society organizations and young leaders that work on addressing cross-cultural tensions.  Through an innovative online system, Intercultural Leaders will harnesses the solidarity of its members to maximize the impact of their work and help them foster cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.

Organizations that submit a project to the competition need to fulfill each and every one of the following criteria to be deemed eligible:

Download the brochure for the Intercultural Innovation Award here.