UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT
As many as 200 million children fail to reach their full potential, and children in poverty have a higher chance of adversity that risks disrupting brain development. This is a devastating waste of human capital that leaves the next generation ill equipped to solve the enormous challenges that lock individuals, communities and societies in poverty.
The challenge is to develop and scale up products, services and policies that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner, thereby unlocking the potential of the next generation of children and providing their countries with an exit strategy from poverty.
To address this critical challenge, Grand Challenges Canada has developed the Saving Brains Program which promotes the fulfillment of human capital potential by focusing on interventions that nurture and protect early brain development in the first 1,000 days of life.
Request for Proposals
In this call for proposals, Grand Challenges Canada seeks bold ideas for products, services, policies, and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner. Proposals must provide innovative solutions relevant to low-resource settings in low- or middle-income countries.
The total funding available to support this competition is up to $6.8 million CAD. We expect to fund proposals through two funding streams: seed (up to $250,000 CAD) and transition-to-scale (up to $1 million CAD in matched funding).
This Request for Proposals is being reissued on November 12, 2013 to mark the partnership between Grand Challenges Canada, the Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation and Bernard van Leer Foundation, which extends eligibility for seed grants (up to three may be awarded) to Brazilian innovators proposing integrated approaches to support early childhood development. This new partnership is in association with Grand Challenges Brazil, an initiative of the Brazil Ministry of Health.
This Request for Proposals is being reissued on November 20, 2013 to reflect a change in our indirect costs policy. The maximum allowable Indirect Costs rate is now 12% of all Direct Research Costs.
- Request for Proposals (Saving Brains – Scaling Impact: October 2013, Revised Nov. 2013)
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Start your proposal: Application Website
PROPOSAL DEADLINE: January 16, 2014 11:59 p.m. ET
Archived Request for Proposals
- Request for Proposals (November 2012)
- Request for Proposals – Saving Brains (October 2011)
- Request for Proposals − Saving Brains (May 2011)
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