Intercultural Innovation Award

Awards Ceremony

Vienna, Austria

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What is the Intercultural Innovation Award?

    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. Projects are selected through a competitive selection process. Awardees receive a monetary prize. Furthermore, what is especially unique about the award is that recipients receive a one-year customized support to help them grow and expand to other contexts.

  • 2. Why should I apply?

    You should apply if:

    • – Your organization considers that promoting intercultural understanding and cooperation is key in today’s world;
    • – Your project has proven successful and you want to share it with the world; and
    • – You lack the connections and capacity to bring your project to the next level.
  • 3. How can I apply?

    You can only apply online.

  • 4. I’ve previously applied online. Can I use the same user name and password?

    We ask that you register for a new user name and password.

  • 5. What is the selection process?

    The detailed selection process is outlined in the application guidelines. Please read it carefully and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • 6. Is the Intercultural Innovation Award open to organizations from all countries?

    Yes. The award is open to all applicants around the world.

  • 7. Does the Intercultural Innovation Award provide general or core funding (e.g. salaries, rent, etc. not specific to a project) to awarded organizations?

    No, the monetary prize of the award only supports expenses needed to expand the range of actions of the project and replicate them in other contexts.

  • 8. My organization applied to the Intercultural Innovation Award in the past and was unsuccessful. Can I apply again this year?

    Yes. We encourage you to submit an application.

  • 9. My organization applied to a previous edition of the UNAOC Marketplace of Ideas and was unsuccessful. Can I apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award?

    Yes. We encourage you to submit an application.

  • 10. My organization applied to a previous edition of the BMW Group Award and was unsuccessful. Can I apply for the Intercultural Innovation Award?

    Yes. We encourage you to submit an application.

  • 11. Can I submit my application in a language other than English?

    No. Applications are only accepted in English. We encourage you to plan ahead of time. You can get assistance from an English-speaking friend, colleague or organization that may review your application.

  • 12. When is the due date to apply?

    Applications closed on 5 June 2017, 5:00 p.m. New York time.

  • 13. Shall I expect an acknowledgement of my application?

    Yes. Online applicants will receive an automated message. If you do not receive it, please contact us at

  • 14. I missed the deadline, can I still apply?

    Due to strong interest from potential applicants, the deadline was extended until 5 June 2017, 5:00 p.m. New York time. However, as a principle of fairness to other applicants, late submissions will not be considered beyond this.

  • 15. I am a freelancer, am I eligible to apply?

    Individuals cannot apply. However, if you work within a non-for-profit, your organization can apply.

  • 16. I am a Limited Liability Company. Am I eligible to apply?

    A Limited Liability Company or an LLC cannot apply. However, if your company is associated with a non-for-profit (university, foundation, etc) or it has a non-for-profit branch (i.e. some LLCs do social work through a foundation), you would be eligible to apply.

  • 17. How is the monetary grant given to my organization?

    Depending on the amount, monetary grants may be split into installments throughout the year.

  • 18. What is the selection process?

    The selection process is composed of the following 4 steps:

    – Screening for eligibility;

    – Shortlisting up to 50 applicants who will be asked to provide further documentation;– Selection of top ten finalists by an international jury of experts; and

    – Final evaluation and decision.

  • 19. What happens if my organization is selected as an awardee?

    You will be contacted by UNAOC and the BMW Group and invited to the Intercultural Innovation Awards Ceremony. An in-depth questionnaire and interview will determine the specific needs for replication and expansion of your project. UNAOC and the BMW Group will work hand in hand with your organization to help you grow and adapt your program in other contexts.

  • 20. Will I be notified of my status?

    Only successful applicants will be notified. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that we cannot provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

  • 21. What is expected from me if I am selected as an awardee?

    UNAOC and the BMW Group are looking for committed organizations managed by entrepreneurial individuals. We want our awardees to be excited about the process ahead and willing to actively engage in a process of expansion. Furthermore, your organization may be expected to attend several events, provide documentation throughout the year and participate in evaluations.