Evidence2Action Pitch Challenge

Deadline: 30 November 2020

Up to three grants will be divided from a total of USD 50,000 research budget to support the winning team's methodology implementation over a six-month period (by June 30, 2021).

You must register and participate in the summit to be eligible to apply. Please join us in conversation on the Microsoft Teams Conference Community, linked in your registration confirmation email.

You may find a recording of the first Q&A Session for the Pitch Challenge at the bottom of this page.

Applications must be submitted in English. Please see further details by clicking and downloading the detailed document here.

Detailed document file for Evidence2Action Pitch Challenge

Who can participate?

Practitioners, private sector employees, researchers or government officials who conduct research, or have previously done so, which has yielded direct and applicable findings for governments, the private sector, or civil society organizations (CSOs) working in counter trafficking.


The minimum team size is 2 people/organizations. Each team must include at least one person from TWO or more of the following sectors:

  • Local CSO (non-profit, government, community, or collective);

  • Private Sector – a legally registered company or corporation (public company, private company, non-profit or for-profit social enterprise); and

  • Academia – an educational organization (research institute, think tank, university, independent researcher).


For example, a team of two people could have a university researcher and a private sector company Research and Development (R&D) specialist, but not two university researchers.

For example, a team of three people could have 2 university researchers and a CSO representative, but not 3 CSO representatives.

Challenge Topic

Evidence2Action is looking for innovative solutions to Countering Trafficking in Persons (CTIP), broadly defined across the thematic areas of the Evidence2Action Summit detailed on the website and listed here:


  • COVID-19: Emerging CTIP trends research, and new approaches to fight TIP;

  • Cross-border cooperation;

  • Emerging practical challenges;

  • Evidence and change: effects of research on programs and agendas;

  • Innovative solutions, practices and research methods in Asia and the Pacific;

  • Interventions: cost-effectiveness, impact, and misplaced efforts;

  • Empowerment and Reintegration of TIP survivors into society;

  • Victim identification and referral mechanism; and

  • Impact of climate change on migration and TIP risks.


We are also looking for partnerships across sectors that demonstrate new, innovative, and dynamic ways of bridging silos between academia, private sector, and CSOs.


In other words, we are looking for courageous actors who are willing to create space for including diverse knowledge, for learning from failure, and for impact-oriented action.

Structure, Timeline, and Deliverables

Applicants will have to submit a (2) page pitch by 30 November 2020.


Only 6 selected teams will be notified by email to present a complete proposal, budget, and timeline over video (maximum 5 minutes) to the selection committee.

The selected teams (up to 3) are expected to submit USAID Asia CTIP a final report in English no later than 30 June 2021.
(Please download detailed document for details of this report)

Pitch Challenge Q&A Session (11:00 Bangkok time)