Saving Lives at Birth: Round 8

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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February 28th, 2018

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Eligibility Details

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.

Application Guidance

Submissions should follow format found at and be submitted electronically.