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.
Innovators must be invited by Grand Challenges Canada to submit an application for Transition to Scale funding. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted or considered for funding.