The goal of the Hunt Institute (HI) Global Development Lab (“Lab”) is to foster innovative solutions for a resilient humanity. The Lab selects innovative ideas through a competitive process based on their potential for transformational impact both locally and globally.


Programmatic Support: The Lab provides programmatic interdisciplinary support to help develop the selected ideas to proof of concept stage (in particular generating evidence demonstrating whether the idea is feasible and viable). The Lab’s interdisciplinary team includes undergraduate and graduate students from all engineering disciplines, business, economics, public policy, anthropology, design and journalism, among others, carefully selected through a competitive process. Students, based on their expertise and experience, are assigned to project teams, with ultimate supervision and quality control by HI staff, faculty and fellows with relevant expertise. The Lab offers project management, background research, analysis and critical thinking to early stage ideas based on the conviction that interdisciplinary and nuanced approaches are essential to addressing society’s most pressing challenges. The Lab successfully piloted this approach from 2015-18, leading to the formal launch of the Lab in late 2018.


Funding: In addition to the in-kind programmatic support, the Lab offers financial support to the projects selected. All Affiliates of the Institute are eligible to submit applications to the Lab.

Field Partners: The Lab connects the selected projects with relevant experts, collaborators and community partners from across sectors and disciplines, tapping into IEC and the HI Fellow networks.