With the ultimate goal of increasing human capital and tackling existing inequalities,Saving Brainsseeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner. Funding is open to innovative solutions that address the risk factors facing children living in adversity by promoting health and nutrition, providing enrichment and nurturing, and protecting against maltreatment. Areas of particular interest include innovations designed for use in humanitarian contexts and fragile settings, innovations that provide support to adolescent parents, and innovations with demonstrated scale and strong paths to sustainability that have not yet measured impact on child development.
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CLOSEDOct 11, 2017Deadline
Up to $250,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept
Implemented In:
CountryMongolia, Guyana, Dominican Republic, Dominica, Cape Verde, Comoros, Brazil, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Afghanistan, Guinea, Guatemala, Ghana, Georgia, Gambia, The, Gabon, Fiji, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Ecuador, Djibouti, Cuba, Costa Rica, Congo, Republic of the, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Colombia, China, Chile, Chad, Canada, Cameroon, Cambodia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Botswana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bolivia, Benin, Belarus, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Angola, Algeria, Albania, Grenada, Haiti, Sao Tome and Principe, Samoa, Saint Lucia, Serbia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Nauru, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Maldives, Malawi, Lebanon, Kiribati, Senegal, Rwanda, Philippines, Peru, Panama, Palestinian Territories, North Korea, Nigeria, Niger, Nepal, Namibia, Mozambique, Morocco, Moldova, Mexico, Mauritania, Mali, Malaysia, Macedonia, Libya, Liberia, Lesotho, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Jordan, Jamaica, Iraq, Montenegro, Kosovo, India, Honduras, Egypt, Central African Republic, Bhutan, Armenia, Tuvalu, Turkmenistan, Togo, Timor-Leste, Tajikistan, Suriname, Solomon Islands, Seychelles, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Uzbekistan, Uruguay, Ukraine, Uganda, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Vietnam, Venezuela, Vanuatu, Turkey, Tunisia, Thailand, Tanzania, Syria, Swaziland, Sudan, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, South Africa, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Madagascar, Kazakhstan, Iran, Myanmar, Tonga, Pakistan and Yemen
Focus AreasPre-primary/Pre-school/ECD Education (Education)
Maternal Newborn and Child Health (Health)
Nutrition (Health)

Eligible applicants include social enterprises and other recognized institutions (e.g., non-profit organizations and for-profit companies) that are formed and legally incorporated in an eligible jurisdiction,that can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area, and are capable of receiving and administering grant funding.

ONLY institutions from the list of countries are eligible to apply to this Saving Brains Request for Proposals. Applications from institutions in countries not listed will not be considered. Awards may be limited to one proposal for upper-middle income country applicants other than Brazil; see Appendix A for further detail on the number of applications funded based on country of application. All project implementation sites must be in countries other than Canada that are listed in Appendix A.

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesOur program is focused on the first 1,000 days of a child’s development (inclusive of growth and development during pregnancy) because this has been found to be a very influential stage of a child’s cognitive development, and all proposals should be primarily focused on children under five (5) years of age. All projects should provide a strong rationale as to why the innovation is likely to have significant sustained impact on brain development; proposals including children older than the first 1,000 days should clearly justify the importance of this impact at that age, compared to interventions given earlier
Planned Usage of Funds
Saving Brains WILL NOT fund discovery science, capacity-building initiatives or ongoing programmatic funding through this Request for Proposals.A majority (greater than 50%) of the budget must be spent on activities in eligible countries other than Canada.
Management TeamA project can have a maximum of two Project Leads, both of which must have primary affiliations to institutions in eligible countries listed in Appendix A of attached documents. At least one Project Lead must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted. Applicant institutions from Canada must apply with a co-Project Lead primarily affiliated with an institution in an eligible country listed in Appendix A, other than Canada

OtherInnovations that have been previously funded by Grand Challenges Canada are not eligible for seed funding. Seewww.grandchallenges.ca/who-we-are/discoverour-innovations-and-results/for a searchable database of innovations funded by Grand Challenges Canada.

Sole proprietorships are not eligible for funding. United Nations country offices and Canadian provincial and federal government departments, agencies and ministries are not eligible to apply.

Application Directions

Refer to RFP:http://www.grandchallenges.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170728-SB-R6-RFP-EN.pdf Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions:http://www.grandchallenges.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170728-SB-R6-FAQ-EN.pdf


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