Funding to develop and grow projects innovation in Canada



The Government of Canada

Funded primarily by the Government of Canada, Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact®.


Global Affairs Canada

Grand Challenges Canada’s programs are primarily undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is responsible for the administration of international peer review of applications in response to Grand Challenges Canada’s grant calls. The results of CIHR-led peer review guides the awarding of grants by Grand Challenges Canada according to international standards of excellence.

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Sandra Rotman Centre

Grand Challenges Canada is hosted in Toronto at the Sandra Rotman Centre at the University Health Network. The Sandra Rotman Centre develops innovative global health solutions and helps bring them to scale where they are most urgently needed.

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Saving Brains

Saving Brains supports bold ideas to improve early brain and child development globally. The portfolio focuses on three areas of healthy development (health & nutrition, enrichment and protection) that, when addressed together, set up a child to reach his or her full potential.

Saving Brains is a partnership of Grand Challenges Canada, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The ELMA Foundation, Grand Challenges Ethiopia, the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation, the Palix Foundation, the UBS Optimus Foundation and World Vision Canada.

Saving Lives at Birth

Grand Challenges Canada, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have joined together to support Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. Together, we call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.

The Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace

The Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace is a strategic alliance of development innovation organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and UBS Optimus Foundation. The Marketplace is hosted at Grand Challenges Canada.


Funding Opportunities

Saving Brains – Round 6

With the ultimate goal of increasing human capital and tackling existing inequalities, Saving Brains seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner.

Funding is open to innovative solutions that address the risk factors facing children living in adversity by promoting health and nutrition, providing enrichment and nurturing, and protecting against maltreatment.

Areas of particular interest include innovations designed for use in humanitarian contexts and fragile settings, innovations that provide support to adolescent parents, and innovations with demonstrated scale and strong paths to sustainability that have not yet measured impact on child development.

Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD over a maximum of 24 months.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  October 11, 2017, at 3:00 p.m ET

Transition-to-Scale Program

**Applications to the Transition-to-Scale Program are by invitation only**

In this Request for Proposals, Grand Challenges Canada seeks to support the transition to scale and sustainability of Bold Ideas with Big Impact® from our Stars in Global Health, Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains, and Global Mental Health programs, as well as invited innovations from approved partners, such as the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace.

Grand Challenges Canada makes investments of up to $1.0 million CAD to catalyze the scale and sustainability of the most promising global health innovations.

This Request for Proposals is valid commencing on May 30, 2017 and supersedes any previous Request for Proposals of this nature. The terms and conditions of this Request for Proposals apply to all applications submitted from May 30, 2017 going forward. Please note that this Request for Proposals may be replaced again in the future; we therefore recommend that you return to this page to check for revised versions prior to the submission of your application.

Grand Challenges Canada will aim to provide a funding decision within six months of submission of a Transition-to-Scale application. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


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