|Region||Low and Middle Income Countries|
|Focus Areas||Maternal Newborn and Child Health (Health)|
Sexual and Reproductive Health (Health)
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.
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.