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Sustainable Diagnostic Containment Laboratories – Request for Expressions of Interest
This Expression of Interest (RFEI) is seeking bold ideas that will reinvent the diagnostic laboratory, making it fit-for-purpose in resource-limited contexts globally. These innovative solutions are expected to reimagine the physical laboratory in order to reduce ongoing operational and maintenance costs and allow sustainable presence of safe and secure handling of high-consequence pathogenic materials, whilst maintaining and/or optimizing core functions of a diagnostic laboratory in low- and middle- income countries.
This RFEI represents Phase I of a dual-phase approach to development of a Grand Challenge for Sustainable Diagnostic Laboratories. The pool of Expressions of Interest received will be used to inform the scope of a full Grand Challenge program in Phase II, under which Grand Challenges Canada will award funding. Submission of an Expression of Interest does not constitute an application for funding; however, Expressions of Interest will receive feedback from an external review process designed to improve the quality of full proposals submitted for an open call for funding applications in Phase II. Most promising Expressions of Interest may also be shortlisted for direct invitations to submit full proposals for funding in Phase II.
The applicant registration deadline is April 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EDT (April 13, 2023 4:59 a.m. UTC). The Expression of Interest submission deadline is April 19, 2023 at 2 p.m. EDT 6:00 p.m. UTC).
NOTE: Application questions are shared here for ease of reference, but applications MUST be submitted through the Fluxx Portal. Please review the Request for Expressions of Interest for additional details.
Click to start your application on Grand Challenges Canada’s Fluxx Portal.
Grand Challenges Canada will host an applicant information session in both English and French — March 14, 2023 at 8 A.M.EDT (1 P.M. UTC). Watch the webinar recording in English here.
Please submit queries to ac.se1680194797gnell1680194797ahcdn1680194797arg@l1680194797ds1680194797.
- Request for Expressions of Interest (English) (pdf, 373.05 KB)
- Frequently Asked Questions (English) (pdf, 318.33 KB)
- Application Questions (English) (pdf, 76.65 KB)
Transition to Scale
In this Request for Proposals, Grand Challenges Canada seeks to support the transition to scale and sustainability of Bold Ideas with Big Impact®. We invite applications from innovators in the following areas: Maternal and Newborn Health, Digital Health, Medical Products and Technology, Community Health Worker Models, Urban Sanitation & Hygiene, and Options for safe pregnancy termination,
Grand Challenges Canada makes investments ranging in size from $250,000 – $3 M CAD (in multiple investments) to catalyze the scale and sustainability of the most promising global health innovations.
Applications to Transition to Scale are managed on an invitation basis. Grand Challenges Canada will aim to provide a funding decision within six months of submission of a Transition-to-Scale application. Interested in applying? Please see the portfolio information below for guidance on our current investment areas of focus, eligibility criteria, and how to get in touch.
- Request for Proposal - English (pdf, 327.42 KB)
- Learn more (pdf, 565.95 KB)