The Stars in Global Health program supports Bold Ideas with Big Impact® from the best and brightest scientists and innovators, both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada, to address some of the most pressing global health challenges. It provides funding to explore transformative ideas at proof-of-concept that bring together scientific/technical, social and business innovation.
Intolerable inequities in health between high- and lower-income areas in the world persist, as highlighted in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Innovation will be crucial for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Promising innovations are often limited in their ability to achieve scale and sustainability. The goal is to solve complex global health challenges – like those targeted in the Sustainable Development Goals – by supporting bold ideas with the potential for big impact, resulting in lives saved or improved in low- and middle-income countries.
The Stars in Global Health program supports Bold Ideas with Big Impact® from the best and brightest scientists and innovators, both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada, to address some of the most pressing global health challenges. It provides funding to explore transformative ideas at proof-of-concept that apply Integrated Innovation® – the coordinated application of scientific/technological, social and business innovation – in order to sustainably bring solutions to scale.
Innovators who complete a minimum of nine months of their Grand Challenges Canada grant, complete their proof-of-concept projects (including a final report) and have solutions that are ready to transition to scale are invited to submit a Transition To Scale Letter of Intent.
To date, 473 seed projects have been funded, and are being implemented in 81 low- and middle-income countries by institutions in 37 low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The ultimate objective of the Stars in Global Health program is to develop a pipeline of innovations to feed – and thereby increase the impact and value for money of – the Transition To Scale portfolio. Most of the impact will be realized by innovations transitioning to scale; Stars projects’ initial results are used as signals for greater due diligence and consideration for funding to catalyze scale and sustainability.
Portfolio Results To Date
As our portfolio of projects in this program has matured, completed projects have been classified based on the innovator’s defined proof-of-concept:
To date, about 22% of Grand Challenges Canada’s Stars in Global Health projects have transitioned to scale, with about 7% being supported by Grand Challenges Canada and 15% supported by other scaling partners and channels, as illustrated in the chart to the right. Given the nature of the Stars in Global Health portfolio, there is a broad range of projects focused on a myriad of different challenges.