Updated Feb 01, 2018CLOSED

Saving Lives at Birth (Round 8)

Offered by U.S. Agency for International Development, Department for International Development, Norad, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and Korea International Cooperation Agency as part of Saving Lives at Birth

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its eighth call for groundbreaking, sustainable innovations to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the hardest to reach corners of the world. In Round 8, Saving Lives at Birth seeks to catalyze scale and sustainability of the most promising solutions that bring together cutting-edge science and/or low-cost technologies, service delivery, and demand innovation in transformative new ways.

Saving Lives at Birth has mobilized the world’s brightest thinkers to address the critical issue of maternal and newborn health. Globally, an expansive pipeline of audacious maternal and newborn health innovations has emerged over the past seven years and to date, the Grand Challenge for Development has funded 116 unique innovations. In the eighth call for solutions, there will be an increased focus on advancing the most successful and transformational innovations as they transition to scale. This approach has been a critical part of the global effort to bring an end to the 303,000 maternal deaths, 2.7 million newborn deaths, and 2.6 million stillbirths that occur each year.
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CLOSEDFeb 28, 2018Deadline
Up to $1,000,000Amount
Criteria: StageAmount Per Prize
Stage 3Up to $500,000
Stage 4Up to $1,000,000

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 3: Proof of Concept and Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Implemented in:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasMaternal Newborn and Child Health (Health)
1. The lead applicant must be a non-profit organization, for-profit company, or another recoginized institution that is capable of receiving and administering funding. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

2. Applicants may be from high-income countries. However, we strongly encourage the designation of low- and/or middle-income country partners as the lead (i.e. prime) organization. Applicants from high-income countries may be asked to switch the designated lead (i.e. prime) to a low-and/or middle income country partner and otherwise may not be able to progress further in the competition. A list of low- and middle-income countries can be found here.

Other Requirements

Management Team
Demonstration that the applicant team and its partners have the necessary depth and breadth of talent, experience and leadership in order to execute their project.
Potential for Scale
Extent to which the proposed project objectives and interim milestones are appropriate, feasible and technically sound within the budget and time allocated for catalyzing scale and sustainability. Reviewers will look for partnerships that contribute expertise relevant to the scale and sustainability of the idea. Co-funding and/or matched funding frompartners is required, as this demonstrates a key stake in project success by project partners, as well as demand for the solution. Matching funds should be‘new cash’. Where cash is not possible, and where strong smart partners are present such as government or corporate partners matching through in-kind contributions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Though it is preferred, secured commitment of matched funds may not be required at theproposal stage. Funding committed up to one year prior to submission of theapplicant may be considered for match funding.
Impact Evaluation/M&E Plan
Extent to which the project has proposed a clear, measurable and realistic monitoring and evaluation plan, including key indicators to measure project success.
Demonstration that the proposed solution offers a creative approach to the problem outlined in the challenge and is clearly differentiated from existing approaches approaches in the proposed setting (i.e. provides significant improvements in cost, quality, and/or access to essential health services relative to standard practice/current offerings in the proposed market).

Application Directions

Submissions should follow format found atwww.savinglivesatbirth.net/applyand be submitted electronically.


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