How we select projects

The Luc Hoffmann Institute supports high-ambition, globally scalable and transformative projects that provide a fresh perspective on conservation challenges and develop new approaches and solutions to deliver biodiversity gains in policy and practice. The institute invests in innovative projects that support our strategy.

We leverage impact in four main phases of project development:

  1. Ideation: we receive, seed or shape ideas for promising new projects and define the institute role
  2. Incubation: we work with innovators to flesh out ‘minimum viable projects’
  3. Acceleration: we support the realisation of projects, broaden stakeholders, commission research and hold events
  4. Launch: we help ensure the projects are viably funded, visible and meeting demand

We provide our expertise as ‘sweat equity’ throughout these stages and some seed capital when necessary. Each project’s relation to the institute is tailor-made and unique.

We do not solicit requests for proposals, although we will at times issue specific ‘innovation challenges’ around issues that matter to our programme of work.

We approach projects as investors, and seek a balanced portfolio to ensure our approach is global and across a number of solutions. Our work is not restricted by specific themes but focuses on delivering meaningful change in the broad area of biodiversity conservation.

To seed an idea with us, innovators initially need the support of at least one Luc Hoffmann Institute team member to take the project forward. Innovators in conservation – including from outside the conservation movement – should feel free to contact team members with ideas and engage in conversation, to see if their idea can find support or be linked to other relevant initiatives. Meanwhile, our team actively engages with and seeks out innovators to spur ideation.

We incubate ideas only if our programme committee collectively decides they meet our key criteria:

  • The institute’s approach is needed to shift views and inspire change
  • The institute’s theory of change applies and makes sense
  • The idea is feasible and practical
  • The idea is ambitious, innovative and global in scope
  • The idea complements the institute’s portfolio and builds on expertise

In the incubation phase, we involve our Advisory Council in rigorous quality assessment to achieve a ‘minimum viable project’.

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Luc Hoffmann InstituteHow we select projects