Call for Projects

The 2020 Call for Projects
is now closed

The Call for Projects is now closed

Selected Projects will be announced 3 August, 2020.

What is the objective of our Call for Projects?

As a platform, we push forward innovative solutions to tackle today's transnational challenges.


Each year, the Paris Peace Forum launches a Call for Projects to select concrete governance solutions which take on global challenges related to the 6 themes comprising the focus of the annual event:

Peace & Security       Development       Environment       New technologies       Inclusive economy       Culture & Education


Bouncing Back to a Better Planet

In 2020, the world is facing a transnational challenge in the form of a worldwide health crisis. This year, given the extraordinary context of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Forum will emphasize projects and initiatives from around the world seeking to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, improve our collective resilience and build a more robust and sustainable world. Particular attention will be paid to projects improving:

  • the governance of health
  • the use and regulation of digital tools and platforms to respond to the crisis
  • the support of civil society and economic activity in times of pandemics

In addition, initiatives addressing other global governance issues will also be highlighted in the Forum, particularly those related to the following objectives:

  • Constructing more solid security architectures
  • Reconciling development finance with climate efforts
  • Crafting sustainable capitalism
  • Protecting the oceans
  • Improving access to clean water
  • Making outer space safe and sustainable
  • Securing cyberspace
  • Regulating the use of data and AI
  • Enhancing the governance of education
  • Ensuring gender equality
new technologies
inclusive economy
theme picto culture and education

Why should you submit your project?

Our Call for Projects is open to all key actors of global governance: states, international organizations, NGOs, companies, foundations, philanthropic organizations, development agencies, religious groups, trade unions, think tanks, universities, and more.


During the annual Forum in Paris, the selected projects are each given the opportunity to showcase their initiative. In 2020, due to the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, only some projects designated by the Selection Committee will be able to travel to Paris. All other selected projects will be offered a digital presentation with innovative features and dedicated tools of interaction and networking with the participants.

By taking part in the Paris Peace Forum as a project leader, both through participation in Paris and via the dedicated digital platform, you will have the unique opportunity to showcase your innovative solution and push your project forward:

  • By increasing its visibility, benefiting from the number of participants as well as the international media coverage of the event
  • By testing it before diverse audiences, through a pitch presentation, as part of a debate, or by scheduling meetings with other participants via digital networking tools
  • By connecting with potential partners: heads of state and government, high-level representatives of international organizations, directors of NGOs and companies, philanthropists, experts, journalists, etc.
  • You will also be able to share your experience and knowledge with other project leaders and participants from all over the world.


After the Forum, we support the scaling up of 10 of the most relevant and promising governance projects, along four dimensions:

  • Policy and advocacy
  • Communication and visibility
  • Partnerships and funding
  • Organization

What are the eligibility conditions and the selection criteria?

To be eligible, your project must meet each of the following conditions:

  • Propose an innovative solution to address a transnational challenge, either:
    • Normative projects: instruments of law, standards, and good practices
    • Capacity-building projects: new institutions, mechanisms, and innovations
  • Offer a cooperative approach
  • Be presented by an organization and not by an individual person
  • Be managed by a team of a minimum of two persons
  • Be related to one of our six major themes
  • Be at an advanced conception stage or in an early implementation phase

The relevance and overall quality of your project will be examined considering the following criteria:

  • The political relevance of the challenge tackled
  • The innovative character of the solution or tool submitted
  • The diversity and number of the stakeholders involved
  • The feasibility
  • The results and scope of the impact
  • The universality, potential for development, expansion, or replication
  • The capacity to serve the common interest

How to submit a project?

The Call for Projects was open from 12 March to 24 June 2020, closing at 6pm (Paris time).

→Please note, applications submitted outside the online procedure or after the Call for Projects closing date will not be considered. The Selection Committee will assess the projects based solely on the information contained in the online application form.

Discover the projects showcased at the Forum in 2019, selected among the 716 Call for Projects applicants.

2020 Selection Committee

Project submissions are reviewed by our Selection Committee, which is composed of renowned experts from key institutions of global governance.

Haifa Dia Al-Attia

Vice President and CEO

Luminus Education, Luminus Plus

Yves Arnoldy

Head of the Regional Delegation

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Nicolas Bauquet

Research Director

Institut Montaigne

Edna Jaime

Founder and Director

México Evalúa

Trisha Shetty



Justin Vaïsse

Director General

Paris Peace Forum


Review each of the steps on the Call for Projects calendar leading up to the announcement of the 2020 Selected Projects.

4 March 2020

Initial meeting of the Selection Committee

12 March 2020

Launch of the 2020 Call for Projects

25 April 2020

200 days until the 2020 Paris Peace Forum

24 June 2020

Deadline for the Call for Projects at 6pm (Paris time / 4pm GMT) - strict deadline, no exceptions

23 July 2020

Selection Committee meeting (all applications will be reviewed)

3 August 2020

100 days until the 2020 Paris Peace Forum
Announcement of the projects selected to participate in the 2020 Paris Peace Forum

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