With the British Council Nepal, Kathmandu University and working closely with our Scottish partner Edinburgh Napier University’s (ENU) Creative Informatics, Applied Arts Scotland are co-delivering the Road to COP26 Innovation Grant Programme. The Programme is supported by the National Innovation Center and the British Council’s global Crafting Futures programme.

Exploring innovation through the creative sector of crafts, the Programme will support Nepal-based businesses to develop new and exciting ideas for sustainability that harness nature-based processes, craft-related practices and entrepreneurship to promote positive environmental impacts for Nepal and beyond, necessary to strengthen adaptation and resilience to global challenges such as climate change. The Programme seeks interest from individuals or teams with new, existing or adaptive ideas that will deliver social and environmental outcomes in addition to economic ones.

The Road to COP26 Innovation Grant Programme has three elements:

  • Incubator event for 50 selected participants to further develop their ideas, co-delivered by AAS, ENU and staff from Kathmandu University’s Schools of Arts and Engineering (March 2021)
  • Grants and tailored mentoring for five incubator event participants to take their ideas from concept to reality, whether prototype object, service and / or process (April-September 2021)
  • Showcase of grantees’ projects to industry and climate change stakeholders in Nepal (October 2021) and Scotland (November 2021), in the lead up to and during the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1-12 November 2021.

Detailed information about the Programme, including applying for the incubator event (deadline 10 February 2021) is provided on Kathmandu University’s website here.

AAS intends to host activity alongside the Scottish Showcase of the grantees work at which Scottish makers, designers and craftspeople engage with the work and those who developed and discuss sustainable practice that considers people, planet, profit and purpose. We will announce details later this year here and on our social media channels.

Find out more about our involvement with and projects as a UK partner in the British Council’s Crafting Futures programme here.

The Innovation Grant Programme is part of the Road to COP26 campaign of activities implemented by the British Council with support from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Nepal which aims to strengthen capacities and amplify voices of those most impacted so that they can engage national and international stakeholders of climate change response in the lead up to COP26.