The goal of Grand Challenges Canada’s Transition to Scale program is to support innovators from Canada and from low- and middle-income countries who are positioned to take their bold ideas to big impact in the area of global health. Through the Transition To Scale program, Grand Challenges Canada brokers smart partnerships that mobilize private capital and domestic public resources to generate scalable and sustainable solutions that deliver measurable social impact.
Our Transition To Scale program launched in 2013 and is at the core of our comparative advantage, both as an innovation and as a global health organization. Transition To Scale funding helps catalyze the scale and sustainability of innovations with a proven impact on health. Transition To Scale is the primary channel through which innovations achieve outcomes and it is the common pathway through which Grand Challenges Canada’s seed investments transition to scale. An International Expert Review Panel expressed the view that the Transition To Scale program will be critical to Grand Challenges Canada’s success over the next five years.
Grand Challenges Canada is uniquely structured to support and enable the scale-up of global health innovations via both private and public channels: social enterprises through commercial markets and public health models through government integration and/or uptake by non-profit players. Grand Challenges Canada seeks innovations that optimize science, social and business innovation that have the potential to sustainably scale in low- and middle-income countries.
The goal is to maximize the number of lives saved and improved of those most in need in low- and middle-income countries. As such, we increasingly model potential outcomes of innovations at transition-to-scale and we always track actual outcomes throughout the investment period. Finally, our Investment Committee has helped influence a shift towards a more diversified Transition To Scale portfolio that now includes an array of risk capital, in addition to grants.
In this Request for Proposals, Grand Challenges Canada is seeking to support the scaling of Bold Ideas with Big Impact® in global reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Grand Challenges Canada seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that could transform how persistent challenges in reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health are addressed in low- and middle-income countries.
Grand Challenges Canada invests from $100,000 up to $1.0 million CAD to catalyze the scale and sustainability of the most promising global health innovations. To date, we have invested more than $62 million CAD to transition over 60 innovations in 26 countries. We look for Integrated Innovation® approaches that are relevant to low resource settings and target poor, marginalized populations of low- or middle-income countries.
The Transition-to-Scale program supports innovators who are positioned to scale their global health solutions. Grand Challenges Canada welcomes applicants whose path to scale consists of more traditional business models via the private sector (e.g., commercialization of products / technologies) as well as applicants whose path to scale will be achieved via long term funding by public and/or non-profit institutions (e.g., governments and civil society organizations). Our main goal is to catalyze sustainable impact at scale – so that the bold ideas we support are closer to having big impact in a sustainable manner by the end of the Transition-to-Scale funding.
This Request for Proposals is valid commencing on March 18, 2016, 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 March 18, 2016 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 documents. We will be accepting applications on a continuous basis.
This funding opportunity is for innovators that were already funded at the seed level by Grand Challenges Canada or its partners. External applicants may come from current Grand Challenges Canada partners, including the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace; potential new partners will be considered and evaluated by Grand Challenges Canada, at its sole discretion, prior to inviting applications from innovators they have previously funded.