BIG funding for health and development challenges!

Grand Challenges CanadaHi Funds Fans!  Great, big funding announcements from both Canada and the US for projects and issues related to health and development challenges.  Wowsa 🙂

Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada, has developed the Stars in Global Health program to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact from the best and brightest talent, both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada, to use scientific/technical, social and business innovation to address some of the most pressing global health challenges.

In this Round 6 Request for Proposals, Grand Challenges Canada is seeking to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact that improve global health. Projects may encompass the whole spectrum of global health, including drug discovery, vaccine development, diagnostics, health and medical education, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases (including cancer and mental health), health-related water and sanitation, and health-related agriculture and nutrition.  Applicants MUST apply online through an application website.  Grants range: $50,000 +.  Deadline: Tuesday, July 30th, 2013.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is accepting proposals under Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) for projects which offer innovative solutions to problems related to development.  USAID/DIV welcomes applications from many types of organizations for activities that take place in countries in which USAID operates. As this opportunity seeks to address different kinds of development challenges, you can submit proposals for any sector, whether it is livelihood development, agriculture, climate change, environment, democracy, human rights, peace and conflict etc.

USAID/DIV provides funding of up to $100,000 for new project ideas and again $1 million to $15 million for scaling up of innovative ideas for several years. Interestingly, USAID has opened this opportunity to NGOs from all countries around the world. Even if you are a small NGO based in a developing country or a huge organization leading several projects across different parts of the world, you are eligible to apply and win grants under DIV.

This is a unique grant opportunity because NGOs from all across the world are invited to apply for it. Secondly, you can submit your project ideas in any sector or area of interest. Thirdly, DIV funds new ideas or start-ups (not many donors would do this). Fourthly, there is scope for receiving additional funding from USAID; if your innovative project receives initial success, then you have better chances of getting more funds to replicate the same project in other areas. Lastly, and more importantly, USAID believes that in the coming future, funding for NGOs would be limited and thereby, it is necessary to innovate and implement cost-effective solutions to address development challenges.

There are three stages of funding:

STAGE ONE is for projects in the proof of concept phase: DIV will grant these projects up to $100,000 dollars over one year so that grantees can refine prototypes and gather the evidence they need to pull in more investment and grow.

STAGE TWO is for larger projects, typically to expand across a country. DIV will grant Stage Two projects up to $1 million.  In exchange, Stage Two projects will build in rigorous testing to prove if the project is viable at its larger size.

STAGE THREE is for much larger projects.  For grants of up to $15 million over several years, solutions that have already proven to work at a large scale will be expanded much further, and often into multiple countries

The USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) has two stages of its application process. All applicants wishing to apply for funding from DIV have to initially submit a Letter of Interest (LOI). The LOI has to be submitted in the prescribed format only.  In the LOI, you need to submit information related to “the purpose of the project, summarize the project’s goals, and include financial information for the project among other criteria in the LOI.”  The submitted LOI will undergo review and approval process. If your LOI is selected, then your organization will be invited to submit a full application.  The next deadline to submit the LOI is August 15th, 2013.

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