Our Partnerships



The Government of Canada

Funded by the Government of Canada, Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact® in global health.



Global Affairs Canada

Grand Challenges Canada’s programs are undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.



Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is responsible for the administration of international peer review of applications in response to Grand Challenges Canada’s grant calls. The results of CIHR-led peer review guides the awarding of grants by Grand Challenges Canada according to international standards of excellence.


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Sandra Rotman Centre

Grand Challenges Canada is hosted at the Sandra Rotman Centre at the University Health Network. The Sandra Rotman Centre develops innovative global health solutions and helps bring them to scale where they are most urgently needed.


Saving Brains

Saving Brains supports bold ideas to improve early brain and child development globally. The portfolio focuses on three areas of healthy development (health & nutrition, enrichment and protection) that, when addressed together, set up a child to reach his or her full potential.


Saving Lives at Birth

Grand Challenges Canada, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have joined together to support Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. Together, we call for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.


The Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace

The Every Woman Every Child Innovation Marketplace is a strategic alliance of development innovation organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the United States Agency for International Development, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and UBS Optimus Foundation. The Marketplace is hosted at Grand Challenges Canada.