Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé unveiled at AMG Performance Center, 

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé unveiled at AMG Performance Center,  Auto Hangar Mumbai

·         Auto Hangar has been giving its customers a world-class sales and after sales experience over last 20 years with Mercedes-Benz brand in India

·         The GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé is the 8th product launched by the brand in 2017

 

·         The GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé priced at INR 74.80 Lakhs (Mumbai)

 

Mumbai, July 24, 2017: Auto Hangar, an authorized dealer for Mercedes-Benz India on Sunday unveiled GLC 43 AMG 4MATIC Coupé. GLC 43 combines a sporty, elegant design with the brand’s hallmark ‘Driving Performance’ and the dynamic advantages of an SUV, top of the class fuel efficiency, powerful performance and full range of safety features.

Auto Hangar has an exclusive AMG Performance center in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane region with its showroom located at Auto Hangar-Andheri, Auto Hangar-Prabhadevi and Metro Motors-Huges roads and workshops located at Huges roads, Lower Parel, Worli and Andheri East. The Dealership aims to achieve success with the help of the professional team who works relentlessly to deliver 100% Customer Satisfaction. Auto Hanger has state of the art facilities at their workshop to provide customers with seamless experience during their car service. The dealership is a one stop service destination and has been designed to provide a superior experience to customers.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mohan Mariwala Managing Director, Auto Hangar, said, “We are proud to grow together with Mercedes-Benz. The GLC 43 AMG is a superior car and I am sure it will be much loved by our customers. With AMG performance center at Prabhadevi in Mumbai we will provide a unique experience to our valued customers.”

With this launch, Mercedes-Benz India also commemorated the global success of its performance brand–AMG, which completes 50 successful years in 2017. This awe-inspiring SUV Coupé embodies superlative driving performance, agility and stays true to the legacy of the three powerful letters- AMG

 

Key Highlights

• Black exterior mirror housing

• Contoured power domes on the bonnet

• LED high performance headlamps in their distinctive design and iconic “eyebrow” styled daytime running lamps

• AMG exterior body styling

• Front splitter in silver chrome in the AMG front apron

• AMG Diamond radiator grille with centrally positioned Mercedes star, typical of a coupé with single louvre

• The GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé combines a sporty, elegant design with the brand’s hallmark ‘Driving Performance’ and the dynamic advantages of an SUV

• The GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé is the second performance SUV Coupé from Mercedes-Benz in India (after the Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 Coupe), it is a product without a predecessor

• The GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé’s brute performance is powered by an AMG enhanced 3-litre V6 bi-turbo engine producing 270 kW (367hp) and a torque of 520 Nm | The NANOSLIDE® coating of the cylinder liners is used in the Formula 1 engines of MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS

• The new GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé sprints from 0-100 km/h in a mere 4.9 seconds

• The SUV boasts of 5 AMG DYNAMIC SELECT transmission modes including ‘Sport Plus’ and suspension designed for enhanced driving performance

• With the AIR BODY CONTROL suspension, the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé is also suitable for excursions into unpaved terrains

• The standard-fit AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive combines optimum traction, hallmark AMG vehicle dynamics and maximum driving pleasure

• Direct and with clear feedback: speed-sensitive sports steering: The speed-sensitive sports steering has a variable ratio in the GLC 43 4MATIC Coupé | Steering power assistance is adjusted in the two stages “Comfort” or “Sport”.

• Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4MATIC Coupe is Mercedes-Benz’s 10th AMG product in its diverse performance car portfolio in India

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Patna Pirates with  Birla Gold Cement in Season 5 of Vivo Pro Kabbadi League

Patna Pirates to cement its championship title with
Birla Gold Cement in Season 5 of Vivo Pro Kabbadi League

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The two-times champions unveiled their team jersey at a glittering event in Patna

New Delhi, July 24, 2017: Patna Pirates, two-times defending champions of Vivo Pro Kabbadi League today unveiled their team jersey for Season 5 of Vivo Pro Kabbadi League at a glittering function in Patna. Birla Gold Cement, a trusted leader in the cement sector, will be seen on the front of team jersey of Patna Pirates. As a maiden foray into sports by the leading brand, Birla Gold Cement has teamed up with the leading team and the defending champions for Season 5 of Vivo Pro Kabbadi league.

Birla Gold Cement is a part of Century Textiles & Industries Ltd., a flagship company of the B K Birla Group of Companies. The Group is a leading Business House with its presence in Core Industries like Textiles, Rayons, Chemicals, Paper & Pulp and Cement. Century Cement currently has 4 plants spread across the country.

The day also marked the formal public announcement of the formation of the team and introduction of players before the team raids into its maiden game on July 29. The squad strength of Patna Pirates consists of 16 Indian players and 2 foreign players. The name includes Pardeep Narwal, Vijay, Parveen Birwal, Arvind Kumar, Mohammad Maghsoudlou, Vishal Mane, Sachin Shingade, Monu Goyat, Md. Zakir Hossain, Jaideep, Manish, Jawahar, Satish, Sandeep, Virender Singh, Vikash Jaglan, Vishnu Uthaman and Vinod Kumar. The team is coached by veteran Kabbadi coach Shri Ram Mehar Singh.

Patna Pirates is the only team in this high thumping tournament that has performed consistently in all their league appearances. The team has reached in play off matches in all previous 4 seasons and was crowned as champions in Season 3 and Season 4 of Pro Kabbadi League. The team management has chalked out a blueprint for selecting a balanced and strong seven to put up a consistent performance in the new format of season 5 against 11 formidable teams for 13 weeks.

Marking the occasion, Pawan S Rana, CEO of Patna Pirates said “We are excited about team’s association with Birla Gold Cement as we both share a common passion to strengthen the popularity of this very Indian sport. Kabbadi in its new avatar is fast becoming a popular sport among youth and we hope to cement our leadership position in season 5 too. We will continue to capitalise on our strength of building a balanced team of youth and experience guided by a veteran coach, dedicated support staff, and a loyal fan base.”

 

Speaking at the launch event Mr. Vibhu Goyle, Chief Marketing Officer, Birla Gold Cement said “We are proud to partner with Patna Pirates in this season of Pro-Kabaddi League. Patna Pirates is one of the most well-balanced teams in PKL and has consistently performed at the highest level of this Kabbadi tournament. As a brand that stands for leadership, strength, and trust, we find that synergy between the values of brand and those of Patna Pirates. This synergy is exciting as well as assuring that this association is a perfect combination. We hope to see Patna Pirates bring home the title again this year!”

The fifth edition of the Pro Kabaddi League starts from July 28 and the final to be played on October 28. Four new teams have been introduced for this season thus making it a league of 12 teams.

Avaaz staffer Özlem was arrested in Turkey

Avaaz staffer Özlem was arrested in Turkey and is being held without charges — let’s free her!

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Turkey just arrested Özlem, an Avaaz staffer! She’s just one person caught up in a crackdown on civil society, but to us she’s so much more. If we make Özlem famous with a massive petition and media campaign, she’ll be more trouble than she’s worth for a government in political crisis. Add your name to the urgent petition and let’s set her free:

Dear friends,

Turkey just arrested Avaaz staff member Özlem! Let’s set her free.

Özlem’s being held without charges after attending a meeting of human rights defenders.

To the Turkish government, she’s just one person caught up in a crackdown on civil society.

But if we build a massive international petition and use the media to make Özlem famous, she’ll be more trouble than she’s worth for a government in political crisis.

Our petition will be delivered to the EU foreign minister ahead of a crucial meeting with Turkey in 24 hours — so add your name urgently and let’s set Özlem free:

Click to free Özlem!

Turkey’s President Erdogan is arresting and firing thousands of people who don’t agree with his government. Now Özlem’s been caught up in the net, together with 9 other human rights defenders, but she isn’t a valuable target. As Turkey heads into critical meetings with the EU over a trade deal in 24 hours, the last thing Erdogan needs is an international headache over someone he’s probably never heard of.

But to us, she means so much. She works at Avaaz because she shares so many of our values. For years she’s worked so hard for a world where people can organise for peace, justice, and human rights without being sent to jail. She’s brought hundreds of our campaigns alive for Turkish Avaazers.

Now she’s being held under threat of ridiculous armed terrorism charges! The closest Özlem has been to any arms is the tear gas and the batons used AGAINST her in the countless times that she’s fought for justice.

It’s time we stand up for Özlem, and the others arrested with her, by shining our giant spotlight on her imprisonment. When a million sign, we’ll deliver our call directly to the EU foreign minister in 24 hours, ahead of a meeting to up the pressure — let’s set Özlem free:

Click to free Özlem!

Our community has stood alongside human rights defenders in places from Saudi Arabia to Morocco, from Canada to Indonesia. It’s at the very heart of what our movement’s about. But now, one of our own is in trouble — and depending on us to help. Let’s come together as never before for Özlem and her friends.

With hope,

Danny, Alex, Marigona, Luca, Emma and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

Turkey detains 10 at human rights meeting, U.S., EU concerned (Reuters)
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-detentions-idUSKBN19R0E6

Turkey crackdown: Rights groups outraged by latest arrests (BBC)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40532742

Turkey must free jailed human rights defenders (Amnesty International)
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/07/turkey-must-free-jailed-human-rights-defenders/

Rights defenders ‘must not be silenced,’ says UN office, urging Turkey to release activists (UN)
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57134#.WWUqKNPyuqA

Physicists Just Generated a Particle That Acts as Its Own Antiparticle

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel: Teilnahme am G20-Gipfel in Brisbane 2014

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Matter and antimatter in a single package.
MIKE MCRAE
24 JUL 2017
It’s been exactly 80 years since the theoretical physicist Ettore Majorana predictedthat there were neutrally charged particles that were indistinguishable from their own antiparticle. None have been spotted in the wild, and not for want of looking.
Physicists now have the next best thing – a particle-like system that behaves just like the kind of matter Majorana predicted. Not only does it provide experimental evidence of these unique kinds of particles, but it could have applications in the future of quantum computing.
Researchers from Stanford and the University of California made the discovery by forcing electrons to flow in opposite directions along the edges of a sandwich of superconducting materials to collectively give rise to pairs of what are known as quasiparticles.
Don’t let the fact quasiparticles aren’t bona-fide particles fool you; they still count as far as evidence of certain phenomena goes.
Applying a magnetic field to these particle-like couples as they zipped along caused them to slow down and change direction in distinct stages, a feature that was exploited to spot a kind of behaviour that was a signature of Majorana particles.
“Our team predicted exactly where to find the Majorana fermion and what to look for as its ‘smoking gun’ experimental signature,” says Stanford researcher Shoucheng Zhang.
In homage they named their discoveries “Angel particles”, after the Dan Brown thriller Angels and Demons which features a bomb made of antimatter.
If you’ve ever watched a sci-fi movie (or read a Dan Brown novel), you might have come across this antimatter thing.
In simple terms, for every type of fundamental particle in the Universe there is the equivalent of an evil twin complete with an opposing charge; the negatively charged electron, for example, has a positively charged positron as its antiparticle.
Bringing the two particles together makes them cancel out each other’s existence, leaving behind nothing but an intense burst of gamma radiation.
It’s that huge pile of radiation that has served as imagination-fuel for all kinds of futuristic space-ship engines and hypothetical weapons of mass destruction.
Particles and antiparticles can go the other way as well, being born together in a concentration of energy such as the ones inside particle colliders, which is how physicists study them today.
Majorana figured there must be particles that are their own antiparticle within the fundamental class of matter known as fermions, which includes things like electrons, neutrinos, and the quarks making up protons and neutrons.
These Majorana particles could also be created as a pair, but would be identical and wouldn’t wipe each other out if brought together again.
Photons are good examples of being their own antiparticles, but they aren’t fermions.
Neutrons, on the other hand, would be great candidates, since they’re already neutral. Unfortunately if neutrons are brought together with anti-neutrons, their opposing group of quarks still annihilate each other.
Another interesting candidate are the tiny, near-massless bits of matter called neutrinos.
Given the difficulty in detecting these ghostly particles, the jury is still out on whether they qualify as Majorana fermions, and will be for some time yet.
It could turn out that such particles just don’t exist in the Universe, at least not outside of experiments like these.That’s not to say these results have nothing to contribute to the search of ‘real’ Majorana particles.
“Where it gets more interesting is that analogies in physics have proved very powerful. And even if they are very different beasts, different processes, maybe we can use one to understand the other. Maybe we will discover something that is interesting for us, too,” says researcher Giorgio Gratta, also from Stanford.
Even if the results aren’t shocking, the engineering of the experiment itself has been of interest to physicists.
The technology could be used in the future as a way to reduce the risk of a particle in a quantum computer losing its information. A back-up quasi-antiparticle could be just the thing to make the system more robust.
Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek, who wasn’t involved in the research, praised the team’s ingenuity.
“It’s not fundamentally surprising, because physicists have thought for a long time that Majorana fermions could arise out of the types of materials used in this experiment,” says Wilczek.
“But they put together several elements that had never been put together before, and engineering things so this new kind of quantum particle can be observed in a clean, robust way is a real milestone.”
This research was published in Science.

Zhejiang University of Technology Calls for Global Talents to join the “1000-talent Plan”

Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT) is located in Hangzhou, a well-known historical and cultural city and world famous scenic resort, which is known as the “Paradise on Earth” in China. ZJUT is a key provincial comprehensive university, co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Zhejiang provincial government. The university, as a member of the first 5 mainly sponsored universities by Zhejiang provincial government, and a member of the first 14 leading universities in the ‘2011’ project (the 3rd national higher education project, focused on collaborative innovation), offers academic programs covering 11 disciplines, including philosophy, economic, law, education, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, pharmaceutical, management and art. It has 6 post-doctoral research centers, 35 doctoral degree programs, and 116 masters’ degree programs.

At present, ZJUT has more than 2100 faculty members, including 488 professors, 2 Chinese Academy of Engineering members, 39 members conferred the title of “National Distinguished Experts/Scholars” in programs of the state “1000-talent Plan”, the state “10000-talent Project”, the state “the Yangtze River Scholars Program”, or awarded with the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars. Additionally, there are more than 500 members conferred the title of “Provincial Distinguished Experts/Scholars” in different provincial programs.

ZJUT possesses a number of national platforms for scientific research and teaching: the National Engineering Technology Research Centers, the National Bases for International Cooperation in Science and Technology, the Breeding Bases of the State Key Laboratory. Among all the disciplines offered by Zhejiang University of Technology, 11 are A-level provincial key disciplines and 7 are B-level provincial key disciplines. Four disciplines, chemistry, engineering, materials science, environmental science and ecology, ranked within top 1% of ESI (according to the data released by American ESI database in 2016). More than 400 scientific research projects gained the national and provincial awards, which include 22 National Science and Technology Awards. ZJUT was ranked the 10th among all institutions of higher education in China, in terms of its valid patents for inventions, and accumulated enough awards to be ranked 6th in China for its number of patents.

By providing with high-level scientific research platforms, enabling working and living conditions, and good development space for the candidates, Zhejiang University of Technology sincerely invites excellent talents to join the “1000-talent Plan”, to promote the development of the university especially its first-class disciplines, and build a bright future.

I. Qualifications and Requirements for Applicants

1. The State “1000-talent Plan”

The applicant should hold a doctoral degree granted overseas, and be 55 years of age or under. He/she should have no full-time job in China at the time of application. For those who already came back to China, it should be within one year of his/her return. The applicant has at most 2 chances to apply for the positions. The specific requirements of each project are as following:

(1) The Program for Innovative Talents (Long Term, including the field of Liberal Arts and social sciences)

After recruitment, the successful candidate is expected to work full-time at ZJUT for no less than 3 years. The applicant should hold full professorship (or an equivalent title) in a prestigious overseas university or R&D institute, or hold a senior title from well-known international companies or financial institutions.

(2) The Innovative Talents Program (Short Term, including non-Chineseexperts)

After recruitment, the successful candidate should work at ZJUT for at least 2 months each year and for no less than 3consecutive years. The applicant should hold full professorship (or an equivalent title) in a prestigious overseas university or R&D institute, or hold a senior title from well-known international companies or financial institutions. The applicant should be leading talent or important scholar who plays a leading role in the development of high-tech industries or in fields urgently needed in China.

(3) The Program for Young Professionals

The applicant should have been engaged in natural sciences or engineering technology, be 40 years of age or under, and have at least3consecutive years overseas research experience (refers to full-time overseas research experience after being granted doctoral degree, not including doing research work abroad while maintaining the job position in China and got paid by Chinese universities, institutions or companies). After recruitment, the successful candidate is expected to work full-time at ZJUT for more than 3 years. The applicant with doctoral degree granted overseas might not be limited by the period of 3 years, if he/she gained significant research achievements in his/her academic area. The applicant should hold a formal teaching and researching position in a prestigious overseas university, institution or enterprise, and should be the elite among the peers in certain field and has the potential to be a future leader in his/her area.

(4) Program for Topnotch Talents and Teams

The applicant should be a worldwide topnotch expert in the field of natural sciences or engineering technology, and have one of the following qualifications: (a) The laureate of the Nobel Prizes, the Turing Award, Fields Medal or other international awards.(b) The member of the Academy of Sciences or Engineering in the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia or other developed countries. (c) The well-known scholar who has working experience inglobal first-class university or R&D institute.(d) The talent with other advantages which meet our nation’s urgent needs. After recruitment, the successful candidate should work full-time at ZJUT for at least 5 years.

(5) The Program for Cultural and Art Talents

The applicant who is engaged in research work should hold a doctoral degree granted overseas and be 55 years of age or under. While the applicant in the fields of stage art or creative design may be exempt from this item of the requirements. The applicant who applies for a long-term program should work full-time at ZJUT for no less than 3 years after recruitment; the one who applies for a short-term program should work full-time at ZJUT for at least 2 months each year for no less than 3 years.

(6) The Program for Foreign Experts

The applicant should be non-Chinese experts and be 65 years of age or under. After recruitment, he/she should work full-time at ZJUT for at least 9 months each year and no less than 3 years.

2. Zhejiang Province1000-talent Plan”

The applicant should be 55 years of age or under (born after March 1st, 1962). The outstanding applicant can be exempt from one of the following limits on age, education background, job title or professional title. The close date for application is on May 31, 2017. The specific requirements of each project are as following:

(1Long-term Project for Innovative Talents

a. Innovative talents in the field of Natural Sciences and Engineering:

▪ should hold doctoral degree granted overseas;

▪ should hold associate professorship (or an equivalent title) in a prestigious overseas university or institution, or have a senior title in a world famous enterprise or institution;

▪ should be the elite among the peers in certain field, and have the potential of becoming leading figure in the future.

b. Innovative talents in the field of Humanities, Social Sciences and Art:

▪ should have knowledge of and comply with Chinese cultural policies, laws and regulations;

▪ should demonstrate outstanding capabilities in culture and art innovation and take the lead in the field of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (The internationally renowned awards laureates or the international tournament winners are in priority);

▪ should have brilliant abilities and fruitful achievements in the cultural management and international cultural communication, or have served as junior or senior leader in world renowned enterprises, or have participated in significant management or global cultural interactive activities.

▪ the applicant who does research work in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences should hold doctoral degree granted overseas and hold associate professorship or above (or an equivalent title).

c. Innovative talents in the field of Economics and Financial Management:

▪ should hold master’s degree or above granted overseas, and have at least 5 years’ relevant working experience;

▪ should have served as junior or senior leader in international economic organizations, professional institutes or well-known financial institutions or served as junior or senior manager in the world renowned enterprises;

▪ should be familiar with international economic rules, have knowledge of the laws and regulations for the protection of international intellectual property rights, and have a wealth of practical economic management experience;

▪ should be quite professional and with great achievements and good reputation in the fields of financial analysis, product development, risk control, international business, investment bank, asset management, financial derivatives investment and so on.

The applicant should be overseas Chinese, and has worked or provided some professional services in Zhejiang province after March1st, 2014, or be able to sign an employment contract or a letter of intention for talent recruitment with ZJUT before May31st, 2017. He/she should register at ZJUT within 6 months after the application approved. The successful candidates are expected to work at ZJUT for at least 9 months each year after recruitment for no less than 5 consecutive years.

(2)Seagull project

The applicant should be engaged in natural sciences and engineering technology, and is expected to work in Zhejiang Province for a short term. The specific requirements are as following:

a. Must meet the requirements of The Long-term Project for Innovative Talents in the field of Natural Sciences and Engineering.

b. Should have been working in Zhejiang province since March1st, 2016, and be able to sign an employment contract and register at ZJUT before May31st, 2017.

c. Could sign a contract valid for at least 3 consecutive years and with 2-9 months each year working at ZJUT.

d. Should be overseas high-level scholar or the expert who plays a leading role in the development of high-tech industries or in fields urgently needed in Zhejiang Province.

(3) Project for Foreign Experts

The applicant should be a non-Chinese expert, and should meet the above requirements forThe Long-term Project for Innovative Talents.

II. Application

1. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for the programs. For application please provide a detailed resume (including basic personal information, learning and work experience, major academic publications, scientific research projects, and patent awards), proof of identity, certificates of academic degrees, innovative research achievements and samples of major publications. These documents may be sent by email to the contact person of respective schools (departments), or Talents Office, ZJUT.NOTE: Please indicate the type of applications.

Department: Talents Office, Zhejiang University of Technology

Contact Persons: Mr. Chen, Mr. Jiang

Phone: +86-571-88320433

E-mail: rcyj@zjut.edu.cn

2. The overseas applicants are encouraged to take a tour to Zhenjiang University of Technology. Those who received letters of invitation before May10thcan get the reimbursement for the travel expenses and accommodation fees with tickets and invoices provided.

Zhejiang University of Technology

         2017-4-7

Global Partnership announces new round of funding for ‘Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development’

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Claire Melamed of the GPSDD & Mahmoud Mohieldin of the World Bank at the High Level Political Forum 2017

Following a successful round of pilot funding for development data innovation projects last year, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) has announced a second funding round for data for development projects, to open on August 1st 2017.

As part of the ‘Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development’ funding, which is supported by the World Bank’s Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB), GPSDD will seek innovative proposals for data production, dissemination and use.

This year’s call is anchored around two themes: ‘Leave No One Behind’ and the Environment. Once again, the focus is on work supporting low and lower-middle income countries, and on projects that bring together collaborations of different stakeholders to address concrete problems.

The new round of funding was announced by GPSDD’s Executive Director Claire Melamed at a High-Level Political Forum Event ‘Leave No One Behind: Ensuring inclusive SDG progress’ at United Nations HQ in New York. She said:

“There was a fantastic response to ‘Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development Pilot Funding’ last year, with 400 proposals, from which 10 outstanding ideas were selected. This year we are opening a new round to source innovative projects to protect the environment and ‘Leave No One Behind’.  For the 2017 round we are raising the bar even higher by asking applicants to collaborate from the outset, providing evidence of support from an organisation that is a potential end user. With a wealth of data innovation talent out there, we are excited to see who comes forward.”

The World Bank’s Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships, Mahmoud Mohieldin, added:

“Innovation work doesn’t happen in isolation, it requires a network of ideas, individuals and institutions to come together to be more than a sum of their parts. We’ve found this network in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and are pleased to be working together to identify and support new ideas to change the way development data are produced, managed and used.”  
Application Details and Funding Levels

The amount of funding available for each project depends on whether the project is embryonic or ready to scale up.  This phased approach to funding allows us to provide smaller amounts of funding (starting at $25,000) on riskier, unproven innovations at the pilot stage. Larger amounts of funding (up to $250,000) will be awarded to proposals which have a clear justification (for example, testing in multiple sites at the same time), strong evidence of prior success, and are ready to be replicated/adapted to other contexts.
The pilot funding round will open on August 1 2017 and close on 17:00 ET, Friday, September 1, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed by a multi-stakeholder peer review committee and a portfolio of those will be selected for funding. The committee will include members of the Secretariat and Technical Advisory Group of GPSDD, representatives from the World Bank and others from across sectors, disciplines and regions. Final results are expected to be announced in January 2018.  Funding disbursements will take place after March 1, 2018. Follow @data4sdgs and @worldbankdata to receive notifications regarding the application process.

A webinar will be held to field questions regarding this call for proposals on Monday, August 7, 2017, 9:30 – 11:00 ET. To participate in the webinar, please send an email to: fund@data4sdgs.org indicating the names and email addresses of the participants. Each participant will receive an email with instructions for registering for the webinar. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the scheduled webinar.
Why ‘Leave No One Behind’ and the Environment?

This year’s innovation topics relate to areas of need within the data for sustainable development community. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data has created data collaborative groups on ‘Leave No One Behind’ and ‘Environment’ and the pilot funding initiative will further advance shared knowledge in these fields.
Gaps in environmental data for the SDGs is an issue commonly raised by governments as they seek to deliver Agenda 2030. The 2017 call for proposals requests innovations that bring together new sources of data (big data, geospatial and earth observation, citizen-generated, IoT, open data) to support key challenges on climate change and urban resilience (e.g. responding to natural disasters, meeting sustainable energy needs).

‘Leave No One Behind’ is a cross-cutting sustainable development issue. If data cannot be divided by categories such as gender, age or race, it will not reveal the realities of people’s lives. This leads to policies that overlook the needs of specific cohorts, leading to worse life outcomes for them. The 2017 call for proposals requests innovations that will provide more detailed, disaggregated, in-depth information on groups that have been historically left out by traditional surveys and other data gathering tools.  Specifically, we are looking for innovations that bring together new sources of data that focus on persons with disabilities and people who live outside of traditional households (e.g., slum dwellers, homeless, migrants, refugees and institutionalized populations.)