Mexico Innovation Fund Overview

Next Deadline: postponed from May 1, 2020 and will be posted shortly

Application Information


The Mexico Innovation Fund (MIF) was established through the generous contributions of Harvard alumni and friends in Mexico and is designed to address three focus areas, to be chosen and changed each year. A project supported by the Mexico Innovation Fund should propose policy improvements or provide ideas for action that might help Mexico address the specific issues related to the project. 

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

  • The projects must be innovative—innovation is to be understood in its broadest sense. Projects may include technological as well as 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 urban studies.

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

MIF’s priority fields of study for 2019-2020

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.

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.

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.