Funding Opportunity – Grand Challenges Canada Stars Round 5

Logo Grand Defis CanadaThe Stars in Global Health program enables innovators to develop Bold Ideas with Big Impact to improve global health conditions. The program was developed to tap into innovative ideas from leaders global health and consist of proof-of-concept awards of $100,000 CAD as Phase I grants, and Phase II Transition to Scale funding to successful applicants for up to $1,000,000 CAD.

Innovators who are eligible to apply include those from:

  • Low-income countries
  • Lower-middle-income countries
  • Upper-middle-income countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Canadian International Development Agencies (CIDA) Countries of Focus
  • Canada.

Proposed innovations must address complex real-world challenges using an Integrated Innovation approach. Integrated Innovation is the coordinated application of scientific/technological, social and business innovation to develop solutions to complex challenges. For more information, including the white paper, click http://www.grandchallenges.ca/integrated-innovation/

Since July 2011, Grand Challenges Canada has approved over 100 Phase I proof-of-concept grants, each at $100,000 CAD. These projects run across the whole spectrum of global health, from drug discovery, vaccine development, health and medical education, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases (including cancer), health-related water and agriculture, information communication technologies and behavioural change.

Phase I grantees who have completed a minimum of nine months of their Grand Challenges Canada grant, completed their proof-of-concept projects and will have solutions that are ready to transition to scale are invited to submit Phase II Transition to Scale proposals. Phase II Transition to Scale grants will require 50% matching through partnerships to be eligible for Grand Challenges Canada funding.

Round 5 Phase I – Proposal Deadline is February 6, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. ET

The application process is extremely simple. It consists of a two-page concept with a two-minute video.

Examples of funded projects can be found at http://www.grandchallenges.ca/stars-r3-grantee-announcement-en/

The application is online at http://applications.grandchallenges.ca/

Potential applicants could come from Universities (departments of engineering, law, agriculture and veterinary sciences, food science and nutrition, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, public health, business schools, computer science, arts and science, education, anthropology, sociology, etc.), for profit and non profit companies, community based organizations, research institutes etc

More details on this program and Grand Challenges Canada can be found at http://www.grandchallenges.ca/grand-challenges/gc1-stars/stars-program-information/