Updated Jul 16, 2019CLOSED

Creating Hope in Conflict: Humanitarian Grand Challenge Round 2

Offered by Department for International Development, U.S. Agency for International Development and Grand Challenges Canada

Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge seeks life-saving or life-improving innovations to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict. These innovations will involve a connection to the private sector and input from affected communities in order to provide, supply, or locally generate safe drinking water and sanitation, energy, life-saving information, or health supplies and services to help conflict-affected people.
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CLOSEDJul 18, 2019Deadline
Up to $1,000,000Amount
Criteria: StageNumberAmount Per Prize
Stage 325Up to $250,000
Stage 45Up to $1,000,000

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented in:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasHumanitarian Assistance
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Safe Water and Sanitation: We are looking for bold ideas, technologies, processes and approaches that enable rapid provision of safe water and safe disposal of waste and sewage in the most vulnerable households and/or enable implementers to rapidly scale up programs.

Energy: We are looking for bold ideas to generate energy. We are particularly interested in alternative energy solutions that are possible to set up and maintain in conflict situations, and that power life-saving and life-improving services such as health, information, water and sanitation, and education.

Life-Saving Information: We are looking for bold ideas that use and improve access to information and data to increase the impact of humanitarian assistance at the local level as well as enable more effective connections between affected populations and humanitarian actors.

Health Products and Services: We are looking for bold ideas that enable non-experts to provide quality care; empower skilled staff who choose to work in conflict zones; allow faster or less costly importation and distribution of quality essential health supplies in conflict zones; and enable affected communities to manufacture necessary high quality and safe supplies, or sterilize and reuse them.

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesProposals must clearly outline why the target population is vulnerable and hard-to-reach in a conflict-generated humanitarian emergency. Factors that increase a person’s vulnerability include but are not limited to physical barriers that make it even harder for people to access assistance, or social barriers that marginalize certain groups (e.g. exclusionary attitudes linked to sex, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, age, people with disabilities, minorities, or people who are stateless).

While we do consider funding innovations that serve refugees and internally displaced persons, priority will be given to innovations that serve those living in conflict zones.
Management Team
- 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 in a humanitarian
- To what extent has the Project Lead and/or key team members demonstrated the
ability to draw on the expertise of the private sector?
- To what extent has the Project Lead and/or key members demonstrated the
ability to engage with other relevant humanitarian actors?
- 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.

We place strong emphasis on supporting innovation that engages the private sector in its design and evaluation, as we believe that it is best positioned to more effectively, quickly, and cost-efficiently produce or deliver goods or services that cannot be otherwise delivered by traditional forms of humanitarian assistance.
Engagement is loosely defined at seed stage and can include distinct engagement such as discussions, or close engagement like partnerships. Seed applicants are not required to partner with the private sector at this stage, but those who do, will be viewed positively. Innovators in the transition-to-scale program are expected to engage private sector actors for technical expertise, distribution channels, local knowledge, financial banking, or other core capacities. Though it is strongly preferred, secured commitment of matched funds is not required at the time of application. 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.
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.
Reporting Requirements
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.
OtherWhat we will not fund:

1. Approaches that utilize security-related surveillance, weapons, force orsimilar technologies.
2. Discovery science, merely capacity-building initiatives, ongoing programmaticfunding or infrastructure development.
3. Projects that involve establishing proof of concept of innovations for which thecore intellectual property rights are owned by a third-party institution, unlesseither: (a) the third-party institution has granted the applicant sufficient licenserights to the innovation to permit eventual scaling in relevant countries, or (b)the third-party institution is willing to sign an undertaking to Grand ChallengesCanada committing to comply with Grand Challenges Canada’s GlobalAccess Policy.

Application Directions

Applications and Letters of Intent MUST be submitted through Grand Challenges Canada’s Community Online Portal

Application And Awards Process

In order to gain access to the Portal, applicants must first create an account using the following link: Create an account. Once your information has been processed, you will be emailed login credentials to access the Portal to submit your application.

For questions related to this Request for Proposals that are notaddressed in the FAQ, contactinfo@humanitariangrandchallenge.org.

f you require technical assistance with registration or the onlineapplication, contact Grand Challenges Canada’s Fluxx TechnicalSupport team at http://www.grandchallenges.ca/fluxxsupport/.


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