More BIG funding from Grand Challenges Canada!

Global Mental Health and more!Hi Funds Fans!  Here it is December 21st, 2012 and we are all still here.  I hope you will share today’s post with all your health related networks.

Grand Challenges Canada recently launched four requests for proposals.

1) Saving Brains – The goal of this Request for Proposals is to test and scale up bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner.  The focus is on low- and lower-middle-income countries and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Countries of Focus. Specifically, proposals must provide innovative solutions relevant to low-resource settings.  The total funding available to support this competition is up to $10 million CAD.  Funding available: Seed Grants up to $250,000 CAD and Transition-to-scale Grants up to $2 million CAD.  Deadline: February 11, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

2) Stars in Global Health The goal of this  Request for Proposals is to enable innovators in low- and lower-middle-income countries and the Canadian International Development Agencies (CIDA) ‘Countries of Focus’ as well as in Canada, to develop their bold ideas with big impact to improve global health conditions.  The program was developed to tap into innovative ideas from leaders in global health.  Grants consist of: Phase I – proof-of-concept awards of $100,000 CAD  and Phase II Transition to Scale funding to successful applicants for up to $1,000,000 CAD.   Proposal Deadline is February 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

3) Global Mental Health The goal of this  Request for Proposals is to improve treatments and expand access to care.   They are committing up to $10 million CAD for the most promising bold ideas with big impact. Focus is on low- and lower-middle-income countries and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) ‘Countries of Focus’.  Winning proposals will be funded through two funding streams: Seed Grants up to $250,000 CAD over 2 years; and Transition-to-scale Grants up to $2,000,000 CAD over 3 years.  Deadline is February 4, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET.   Proposals must provide innovative solutions to address one (or more) of the following challenges in low-resource settings:

  • Integrate screening and core packages of services into routine primary health care
  • Reduce the cost and improve the supply of effective medications
  • Provide effective and affordable community-based care and rehabilitation
  • Improve children’s access to evidence-based care by trained health providers
  • Develop effective treatments for use by non-specialists, including lay health workers with minimal training
  • Incorporate functional impairment and disability into assessment
  • Develop mobile and IT technologies (such as telemedicine) to increase access to evidence-based care

4) Canada Direct Entry to Phase II – This program seeks proposals from Canadian innovators who can prove a bold idea has reached proof-of-concept and is ready to transition to scale in order to achieve impact.  This funding opportunity is for Canadian Global Health Innovations that are not already funded by Grand Challenges Canada.  To encourage market or implementation-ready innovations in the next 2-4 years and contingent on 50% matching through partnerships, Grand Challenges Canada will provide Phase II awardees of the Canada Direct Entry Program up to $1,000,000 CAD for up to 2-3 years.  Deadline is February 6, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

* Please note that the Stars in Global Health program specifically states that locations within Canada are eligible.  For information on the definition of low- and lower-middle-income countries and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) ‘Countries of Focus’, please see our previous post on this subject and have a look at the links in the comments.

There it is, folks!  Big money for health related funding:)