Transforming Visions Into Solutions

At the Islamic Development Bank, we believe that every person has the right to live in dignity and prosperity.

Powered by The Islamic Development Bank, the Transform Fund is a new multi-million dollar fund that will drive meaningful change to millions of people by giving every scientist, technologist and innovator the opportunity to make a difference to the world around them.

Linked to the Engage hub, Transform will turn innovative ideas into real development solutions. Transform will provide seed money for innovators, startups and SMEs.

It will also fund the commercialization of technology developed through partnerships between researchers and entrepreneurs.


How does the Transform Fund operate?

Proof of Concept

To support scientists and innovators who have a proven concept and who are in need for initial funding to develop their ideas into a pilot project/development solution and a business proposal.

Scale up

To support applicants who have successfully piloted a project which involves innovative technologies and are in need for additional funding to replicate or scale up the project.


To support candidates who have already implemented and successfully scaled up an innovative project and are in need of additional funding for the commercialization of the services and products developed for a project.

Capacity Building

To support Governments of member countries in developing their technical and functional science, technology and innovation capacity to address major development challenges.

Transform Fund through the years

We want to give people the tools needed to help themselves, their communities and their countries, restoring their pride and fulfilling their potential. We believe that by building the right infrastructure, we can enable our member citizens to drive their own economic and social development in the future:

Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Hayat Sindi

Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the Islamic Development Bank

Dr. Myrna Cunningham

President of the Centre for the Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples (CADPI)

Dr Abdallah S. Daar

Professor of Public Health Sciences and of Surgery, University of Toronto

Prof. Mohamed H. A. Hassan

Co-chair of IAP

Dr. Firdausi Qadri

Director of the Centre for Vaccine Sciences

Prof. Ismail Serageldin

Founding Director Emeritus, Library of Alexandria

Rahma Bourquia

Director of the National Authority for Evaluation

Prof. Zakri Abdul Hamid

Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia