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Grand Challenges Canada (GCC)

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) provides funding for projects to support bold ideas with big impact in global health. The bold ideas supported integrate science/technology, social and business innovation (called Integrated Innovation™). GCC focuses on bringing successful innovation to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact.

 Stars in Global Health (Phases I and II):

The Stars in Global Health program enables innovators to develop bold ideas with big impact to improve global health conditions. Proposed innovations must address complex real-world challenges using an integrated innovation approach. Integrated innovation is the coordinated application of scientific/technological, social and business innovation to develop solutions to complex challenges.

Since July 2011, GCC has approved over 100 Phase I proof-of-concept grants, each at $100,000 CAD. These projects run across the whole spectrum of global health, and include drug discovery, vaccine development, health and medical education, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases (including cancer), health-related water and agriculture, information communication technologies and behavioural change.

Phase I grantees who have completed a minimum of nine months of their GCC grant, completed their proof-of-concept projects and will have solutions that are ready to transition to scale are invited to submit Phase II Transition to Scale proposals. Phase II Transition to Scale grants will require 50% matching through partnerships to be eligible for Grand Challenges Canada funding.

Grand Challenges Canada offers an online Proposal Development Resource to help build capacity in grant planning and writing, especially among researchers in low- and middle-income countries. To access this tool, please click here.

For more information on this program, please click HERE.