Updated Mar 13, 2020CLOSED

The Round 2 Options for Pregnancy Termination Innovation (OPTions) Initiative Request for Proposals are now live!

Offered by Grand Challenges Canada as part of OPTions Initiative

The ultimate goal of the OPTions Initiative is to save and improve the lives of women and girls through improved access to safe and legal abortion.

The goal of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact® for women’s and girls’ access to safe abortion in low- and middle-income countries. We seek innovative and transformative approaches that put women and girls in control of where, when and how they terminate their pregnancy. The focus of this call is therefore to support the development and testing of: 1) new approaches to increasing early access to existing abortion products and services, and 2) next generation methods3 of pregnancy termination.
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CLOSEDApr 14, 2020Deadline
From $180,910Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasMaternal Newborn and Child Health (Health)
Sexual and Reproductive Health (Health)
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.

Other Requirements

Target Beneficiaries
Innovations must ultimately benefit women and girls amongst the poorest of the poor in eligible low- and middle-income countries (Appendix A of attached guidelines).
Potential for Scale
Grand Challenges Canada expects that the most successful innovations it funds will eventually be scaled up through partnerships – either with the private sector, the public sector or a combination of both – and that such scaling will be carried out with the goal of achieving meaningful health impact for the poorest of the poor in low- and middle-income countries.
Reporting Requirements
Innovators funded under this program will be expected to engage in the following activities and provide the specific deliverables listed below, in order to demonstrate project progress and success:
1. Performance reporting focused on utilization of funds and outcomes achieved. The
frequency of reporting will be every three or six months, depending on our
assessment of project and institutional risk.
2. Dissemination of knowledge in a timely manner, including through social media, open access publications, depositing of data into publicly accessible repositories, press releases, conferences, stakeholder engagement, etc. Acknowledgement of the OPTions Initiative will be required.
Note: Innovators will be expected to publish their findings in open access journals or through on open access publishing platforms, typically within 12 months of completing their seed grant.
3. A final report that accounts for financial expenditures and that captures a clear assessment of the impact of the project. Please note that a 5% hold back of funds will be applied to all funding under this program, to be released to innovators upon submission of a satisfactory final report and full justification of costs.
4. Continued post-grant updates on impact, global access, data access and management of intellectual property rights in supported innovations.

Application And Awards Process

To apply for funding, applicants MUST use the online application form provided, which is ONLY accessible via the Grand Challenges Canada’s Fluxx Portal (gcc.fluxx.io). (Please see Section 4.2 of the attached Application Instructions)


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