All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD)

Seed Funding Prize 2

50,000 USD



University Research Co. (UCR), in conjunction with the All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development partners (ACR GCD), USAID, World Vision, and the Australian Government, are seeking Action Plans from responsible organizations.

All types of organizations, including, but not limited to, local and international NGOs, universities, faith-based groups, governments, and individuals, are eligible to compete. All organizations responding to this RFSF must be present at the NLG EdTech Summit from March 1-2, 2017 in Amman, Jordan to participate and compete. Interested parties who can not participate at this summit are unfortunately ineligible and may participate in future solicitations.

Problem Statement

Basic early grade readers often focus on similar topics that could be replicated through development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) “early reader story templates.” These templates would include basic story lines which authors could then add in images accordingly and easily translate and contextualize for their context.  Seed funding would be awarded for innovative solution that would drive this content. The story line templates would be digital, born accessible, open source, with ability to add text and made available on the Global Digital Library. Examples of templates would include: body parts, food, colors, shapes, animals, the environment, and more.

Requirements for action plans

The templates must meet the following requirements:

  • Involve youth where possible to help generate S.T.E.M.- themed templates
  • Ensure digital image files meet born accessible guidelines
  • Must be appropriate for early-grade children through the Arabic speaking region
  • Templates should include a wide range of categories and must include gender and disability
  • Templates should be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

Criteria for evaluation

Points will be allocated to each criteria. Top proposals will be selected based on their scores, out of a total of 100 points. The criteria for the jury is as follows:

Innovation (30 points)

Approach proposed should demonstrate innovation through engagement of traditional and non-traditional writers such as youth, those with disabilities,, children, in the Arab region, etc. 

Feasibility (20 points)

Approaches should demonstrate feasibility by outlining a clear mechanism for engaging writers, revising content and ensuring the production of quality STEM story templates.

Scalable (25 points)

Pitches should put forward a proposed business model that could continue engagement with writers for further contribution to book/stories creation.

Diversity of themes (25 points)

Pitches should put forward proposed STEM themes and estimated number of templates per themes.

Key dates

  • Decision made: March 2, 2017
  • Award negotiated with URC on behalf of ACR GCD: March 3 – 31, 2017
  • Award start date: April 1, 2017
  • Award length:  6 months with anticipated end date of 31 October 2017


A jury will select the top 3 proposals from all the entries received at the NLG EdTech Summit. The jury members will have expertise in areas of children’s book development, early grade reading, technologies, amongst others.


The successful offeror will be presented with a firm-fixed-price Purchase Order (PO), which will contain a scope of work, a deliverables and payment schedule, and applicable terms and conditions, including U.S. Government required regulatory provisions.