Open Call

Google.org is looking for your biggest and best ideas for how technology can expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities. We’re committing USD 20 million in grant funding toward this goal, some of which may be awarded to organizations identified through this call for proposals.

Exciting ideas are already becoming a reality. For instance, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, eye-controlled communication software, and portable hearing diagnostics are part of a wave of current innovations that have the potential to change the trajectory of solutions available to people with disabilities.

We hope that the Google Impact Challenge will propel even more technological innovation that will create meaningful and positive change for people with disabilities.

What We're Looking For

Big Ideas

Projects should be transformative and address not only the change you seek for your organization, but also the change you want to see in the world. In 10 years, if your idea were to be wildly successful, how would the lives of people with disabilities be different?

Technology at the Core

Projects should apply technology in a way that is innovative and effective. Technology shouldn’t just make your existing work more efficient; it should create or enable entirely new solutions and approaches. Of course, we love ideas that involve the development of cutting-edge technology, but innovative applications of existing technology are also welcome.

Potential For Scale

We don’t expect your idea to reach millions of people in a year (if it can, definitely submit it), but you should be able to articulate a way in which it could ultimately reach a large number of people.

Team

Taking on big, scalable projects that have technology at their core is hard. We look for teams that are strong and nimble enough to implement the work proposed.

Organization Eligibility

Nonprofits and public charities from any country are eligible to submit an idea. Your organization must hold valid and current charity status as determined by the legislation of your country of incorporation. During the review process, you may be asked to provide documentation confirming your charitable status, and other materials such as financial statements, to Google and/or its agents.

The following entities are not eligible to submit ideas: governmental entities and organizations, including, but not limited to, public schools and universities, for-profit organizations and individuals.

Language

All ideas must be submitted in English.

Timeline

Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to submit whenever you are ready. We will accept ideas until September 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time.

FAQ

What do you mean by people with disabilities?

We’re interested in supporting projects that address a range of disabilities. This broad definition from the World Health Organization has been guiding our work.

I’m a for-profit company. Can I submit an idea?

This request for ideas is only open to registered nonprofit organizations or public charities.

What range of grant size could be expected?

We expect grants may be up to USD one million and range from 1-3 years, depending on project risk. For the sake of clarity, Google does not commit that grants will be made pursuant to this request for ideas.

I’m a research institution. Can I submit an idea?

Universities are not eligible to apply for research support, but we are interested in having early-stage ideas tested by nonprofit organizations or public charities.

What proof do I need that my idea will work?

Can I submit more than one project?

We strongly encourage you to consider which of your projects best fits our submission criteria. However, if you feel you have two unrelated projects that make good candidates, please submit a separate application for each. We will review them independently.

What do you mean when you say "project"?

A project is your organization's proposed idea and plan to implement that idea. If selected for a grant, we would support the implementation of this project.