1. Eligible applicants include social enterprises and other recognized institutions (e.g., non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and for-profit companies) that:
• are not previous or current direct grantees of the very large anonymous donor
• are formed and legally incorporated in an eligible country, as determined by which focus area of the RFP an institution is applying to (see point 2)
• can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area
• are capable of receiving and administering grant funding
• are not sole proprietorships
• are not United Nations country offices
2. Only institutions legally incorporated in a low- or middle-income country are eligible to apply to the ‘increasing access to existing methods of abortion’ focus area of the RFP. Institutions from all countries, including high-income country institutions, are eligible to apply to the ‘next generation methods of abortion’ focus area of the RFP.
3. A project can have only one (1) Project Lead, who must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted.
4. A Project Lead may only be listed on one (1) application to this Request for Proposals.
5. Each institution may only submit one (1) proposal per focus area of the RFP (i.e. one proposal for innovations that increase access to existing methods of abortion and one proposal for next generation abortion methods). For universities, one (1) proposal per focus area of the RFP will be accepted from each research center within the university.
6. Project Leads funded under OPTions Round 1 are ineligible to submit an application for Round 2; however, institutions funded under Round 1 are eligible to apply (if the above criteria are met) with a different Project Lead.
7. Applications must include all required information. Only complete applications will be considered by the Review Committee.
8. Proposed ideas must be aligned with the Areas of Focus (Section 2.2) and the Target Beneficiaries (Section 2.3). Anything that falls under What Grand Challenges Canada Will Not Fund (Section 2.5) is not eligible.
9. It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain any necessary legal and/or regulatory approvals, consents or reviews required to accept foreign grant funds and/or conduct the project activities before executing a funding agreement with Grand Challenges Canada. For example, applicants planning to conduct project activities in India may be required to register with the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 2010 (FCRA). As part of the Grand Challenges Canada’s diligence, successful applicants will be required to provide their organization’s registration under FCRA or a written certification that FCRA registration is not required. Failure to comply with the requirements of FCRA may subject your organization to financial and/or criminal penalties. You should consult with your own advisors to determine whether FCRA applies to your organization or project.
10. Grand Challenges Canada may, at any time and at their sole discretion, modify eligibility criteria with respect to individual applicants, Project Leads and/or eligible countries, to the extent that such modifications do not materially undermine the review process.
Only institutions legally incorporated in a low- or middle-income country are eligible to apply to the ‘increasing access to existing methods of abortion’ focus area of the RFP. Institutions from all countries, including high-income country institutions, are eligible to apply to the ‘next generation methods of abortion’ focus area of the RFP.