Deadline: September 25, 2018

Call for Proposals is open for the Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right 2018. Grand Challenges Canada seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that could transform how persistent challenges in sexual and reproductive health and rights are addressed in low- and middle-income countries.

The bold ideas are expected to improve the provision and use of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services.

Focus Areas

The focus areas of this call are:

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health (Health)
  • Gender-based Violence (Gender)
  • Menstrual Hygiene (Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH))
  • Child Protection (Gender)



  • Applicants include social enterprises and other recognized institutions (e.g. non-profit organizations and for-profit companies) that can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area, and are capable of receiving and administering grant funding;
  • Innovations must benefit women and girls who are among the poorest of the poor in eligible low- and middle-income countries;
  • These bold ideas could originate from any recognized institution in Canada or in eligible low- and middle-income countries. All implementation activities must occur in eligible low- and middle-income countries;
  • It is mandatory for all applicants from Canada to have a collaborator based in an eligible country other than Canada. Existing and new collaborations are equally encouraged;
  • Projects should have a monitoring and evaluation approach to clearly measure these outcomes, identify shortcomings and maximize impact. In the case where it is not feasible to measure lives saved or improved during seed funding, projects are expected to demonstrate measurable change in at least one of the following outcomes:

    • Reduced sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), including child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) and female genital mutilation and cutting (FGMC)

    • Improved use of sexual and reproductive health services by women and/or girls

    • Improved use of contraception

    • Improved access to safe abortion where legal, and post-abortion care

  • They will not consider funding drug or vaccine development, discovery science, capacity-building initiatives, ongoing programmatic funding that is not applicable to poor women, girls, children and families in low- and middle-income countries.


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For more information, visit Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

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