|Criteria: Stage||Amount Per Prize|
|Stage 3||Up to $250,000|
|Stage 4||Up to $1,000,000|
|Stage||Stage 3: Proof of Concept and Stage 4: Transition to Scale|
|Region||Low and Middle Income Countries|
|Focus Areas||Humanitarian Assistance|
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
|Target Beneficiaries||To help ensure sustainable impact at scale, it is essential that project teams include individuals with an understanding of the local social, political and economic context. In doing so, projects can better address the needs of affected people and identify risks to project success.|
-Do the Project Lead and key team members have the commitment and leadership potential needed to bring solutions to scale?
-Are the proposed Project Lead and/or key team members appropriately trained, experienced and positioned to carry out the proposed work?
- To what extent has the Project Lead and/or key team members demonstrated the ability to draw on the expertise of the private sector?
- Have the Project Lead and/or key team members demonstrated the ability to understand and meet the needs of affected people in the context?
|Potential for Scale|
Proposals should convincingly describe how their projects will eventually reach scale and be sustained. Innovators should use seed funding to test paths to scale and sustainability, and must have a robust plan and proven concept in order to receive transition-to-scale funding.
To receive seed funding, applicants must demonstrate potential relevance to, or identify potential opportunities for collaboration with, the private sector.
To receive transition-to-scale funding, engagement with the private sector is required. Innovators are expected to engage private sector actors who can help to fill a critical gap needed to scale or improve their innovation. This may include technical expertise, distribution channels, access to data, local knowledge, financial backing, or other core capacities or collaboration. In some circumstances, the Humanitarian Grand Challenge partners may be able to assist in finding appropriate private sector partners, as long as applicants are able to articulate their needs. Though it is strongly preferred, secured commitment of private sector engagement are not required at the time of application.
|Impact Evaluation/M&E Plan|
The ultimate outcomes of interest for this Humanitarian Grand Challenge are lives saved and lives improved of conflict-affected people. Other qualitative and quantitative results should be collected to best demonstrate the impact of the innovation.
Given that the true impact of innovations is in the future, proposals must include a plan of how relevant immediate and intermediate indicators will be monitored and evaluated over the life of the project.
Innovators funded under this program will be expected to engage in the following activities and provide the specific deliverables listed below, in order to demonstrate project progress and success:
1. Performance reporting focused on utilization of funds and outcomes achieved. The frequency of reporting will be every three or six months, depending on our assessment of project and institutional risk.
2. Dissemination of knowledge in a timely manner, including through social media, open access publications, depositing of data into publicly accessible repositories, press releases, conferences, stakeholder engagement, etc. Acknowledgement of the Humanitarian Grand Challenge partners will be required.
3. A final report that accounts for financial expenditures and that captures a clear assessment ofthe impact of the project. Please note that a 5% hold back of funds will be applied to all funding under this program, to be released to innovators upon submission of a satisfactory final report and full justification of costs.
4. Continued post-grant updates on impact, global access, data access and management of intellectual property rights in supported innovations.
Instructions for reporting will be provided to successful recipients. Written progress reports and conversations via teleconference may be required to satisfy reporting requirements. In addition to the above-mentioned activities, innovators will be expected to:
1. Participate in public engagement activities.
2. Contribute to the learning agenda for specific challenges, including through participation in meetings, such as the annual Grand Challenges meetings.
|Other||What we will not fund:|
2. Approaches that utilize security-related surveillance, weapons, force or similar technologies.
3. Discovery science, merely capacity-building initiatives, ongoing programmatic funding or infrastructure development.
4. Projects that involve establishing proof of concept of innovations for which the core intellectual property rights are owned by a third-party institution, unless either: (a) the third-party institution has granted the applicant sufficient license rights to the innovation to permit eventual scaling in relevant countries, or (b) the third-party institution is willing to sign an undertaking to Grand Challenges Canada committing to comply with Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Access Policy.