Mexico Innovation Fund Overview

Next Deadline: October 1, 2020 

Application Information


Managed by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), the goal of the Mexico Innovation Fund is to deepen ties between Harvard and Mexican academia in order to address some of the most important issues facing Mexico. Projects should propose policy improvements or provide ideas for action that might help Mexico address the specific issues related to one of three priority fields of study.

Mexico Innovation Fund Priority Fields of Study

  1. Sustainable Urban and Regional Development
    The future of cities and regions to empower and engage citizens and stimulate their wellbeing and economic capacity, including innovative transfer of knowledge, application of technological solutions to infrastructure challenges, and inclusion and social equity issues involving public health and education. Among the desired impacts of research in this area is new job creation.

  2. Science, Technology, and Education
    Application of scientific and technological solutions to the Mexican context to address issues like water, energy, and climate change. Research on how successful innovation clusters are created would also be welcome. The impact of technology on employment in Mexico would also be of interest.

  3. Empowered Citizenship, State Capacity, and the Rule of Law
    Use of technology to improve citizen participation, institutional capacity, and accountability, and to discourage corruption. Research leading to innovative solutions to increase state capacity to address impunity without empowering non-state criminal actors would be welcome.

Projects submitted for consideration to the Mexico Innovation Fund should meet the following conditions:

  • The projects must be innovative in the broadest sense, including not only technical but also social innovations. (For example, a new methodology to train teachers could be considered a new technology as well as innovative,as much as a scientifically technical solution within a STEM discipline).

  • The projects must involve evidence-based research leading to measurable outcomes.

  • The projects should leverage technology, where appropriate, to “leapfrog” older processes and concepts, especially in areas relating to public policy and urbanstudies.

  • The projects should ideally be transversal, integrated vertically (delving deeply into one subject area) and horizontally (combining multi-sector and multi-disciplinary approaches).