Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada, is seeking bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that could transform how persistent challenges in sexual and reproductive health and rights are addressed in low- and middle-income countries.s. The bold ideas are expected to improve the provision and use of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services (e.g. contraception; comprehensive sexuality education; safe abortion, where legal; and menstrual hygiene management). Of particular request for proposals III interest to Grand Challenges Canada are innovations that improve the prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence, and to child, early, and forced marriage, so that women and girls are empowered and have greater influence over their lives and futures.
These bold ideas could originate from non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations, as well as other recognized institutions. Social enterprises are encouraged to apply. Female applicants, feminist organizations, and marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $100,000 CAD for up to 12 months to develop and test the proposed innovation. Assuming a sufficient number of proposals of merit are received, Grand Challenges Canada aims to award approximately 80 seed grants in this round. We anticipate that approximately two-thirds of the awardees will be from low- and middle-income countries, with one-third from institutions based in Canada. By the end of the seed grant, innovators are expected to have demonstrated proof of concept of the idea, developed a plan for scale and sustainability, and attracted interest from key stakeholders and partners needed to proceed along a path to scale and sustainability. Successful innovators will be invited to apply for Transition to Scale funding.
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Applications MUST be submitted through the Grand Challenges Canada’s Community Portal on or before 25 September 2018 at 3:00 p.m. ET