Uncovering Circular Talents 
and Upstream Solutions 

The Circular Innovation grant Program

The ICM Grant program is focused on supporting Upstream & Circular Innovation initiatives through our strategic approach within our key sectors - Consumer Packaged Goods, Fashion and Food Systems.

Our program is based on a venture-building model, coupled with research and youth community engagement, aiming towards uncovering new and innovative solutions to address the general waste and pollution problem at the source in Vietnam and within the ASEAN region.

Learn more about our previous grantees here and make sure you learn about Upstream Innovation!

Our Areas of Focus

Venture Lab
We support Circular entrepreneurial solutions in their early stages (product validation, feasibility study, and/or pilot) aiming to reduce waste from ever being produced.

Examples: Test and pilot new local-centric business models in Refill/Reuse in Ho Chi Minh City, Go-to-market feasibility study in Vietnam for a new plastic replacement product from Europe

Circularity Ecosystem
We support institutions and organizations that build circular innovation capacity for their members and communities through holistic capacity-building programs with clear post-program growth support.

Examples: multi-year university-based discovery challenges, development of circularity-based affinity groups, and circular community-based project implementation.

Knowledge Hub
We support the circular ecosystem through data-driven research projects focused on means and methods to drive a circular and innovative transition.

Examples: Public report on the business case of new materials made from local agri-waste sources, Market recommendations and data collection for upstream business models, Field research for logistical optimization of agri-waste sources' collection

Grantee eligibility

The ICM Circular Innovation Grant Program is open to registered non-profit entities with activities in Vietnam or the ASEAN region:

  1. Non-profit organizations actively supporting and working in waste elimination and reduction efforts through capacity, funding, or general support
  2. Non-profit universities building circular innovation capacity and awareness for future innovators and entrepreneurs
  3. Social enterprises and entrepreneurs testing and deploying new upstream solutions for waste reduction
  4. Other organized groups with applicable fiscal status to receive grants

Submitted projects must be...

  1. Rolled-out in Vietnam and/or other ASEAN countries
  2. Working on or supporting a breakthrough project that would contribute to reducing waste production at the source
  3. Focus on one of our core sectors: Consumer Packaged Goods, Fashion or Food Systems
  4. Fall into one of our areas of focus (see above).

Application process

We review proposals on a quarterly basis. The open call is now open for Q3 2022!

Submit your project's abstract via our Screening questionnaire here.

  • Round 1: Screening questionnaire submission by Sep 30, 2022
  • Round 2: Concept note submission by Nov 30, 2022 (for pre-selected applications)
  • Paperwork preparation & grant kick-off by February 2023 (for selected grantees) 

Read our RFP hereContact us directly for any grant or partnership-related queries.

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