Funding opportunities from Grand Challenges Canada

Funding opportunities from Grand Challenges Canada

a) Grand Challenges Canada: Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health, Round 2 – Request for Proposals

On July 4, 2011, Grand Challenges Canada announced “Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health Request for Proposals, Round Two”. This unique program is a call to action for Canadians to make their contribution to global health. Grand Challenges Canada’s goal is to tap into the creativity, knowledge and skills of Canadian scientists, entrepreneurs and social innovators to solve some of the most persistent health challenges in the developing world through Integrated Innovation.

Round Two provides $100,000 in seed grants for up to 20 successful proposals. If the ideas are robust, effective, and proven, the innovators will be eligible for an additional scale–up grant of up to $1 million for each proposal.

There will be three rounds of Canadian Rising Stars for a total of $20 million dollars. Of this amount, approximately $14 million will be available for scale-up grants. Canadians are required to involve developing world innovators.

The deadline for proposals is September 19, 2011 11:59 p.m. EDT. Proposals must include a 2 minute video segment outlining the health problem, the proposed solution, and why it is innovative and bold.

For more information about Canadian Rising Stars Request for Proposals, Round Two, please visit

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b) Grand Challenges Canada: Mental Health Care in Developing Countries - Request for Proposals

Mental disorders are a leading cause of disability globally representing 13% of the global burden of disease. Of those 450 million people afflicted, more than 75% live in the developing world. Most do not receive care. In a recent survey, the World Health Organization found up to 85% of patients with serious mental disorders did not receive any treatment in the past year of their illness. Mental illnesses are also associated with, and are risk factors for, other diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

On July 21, 2011, Grand Challenges Canada announced $20 million in funding for bold, transformational proposals to tackle the issue of mental health in developing countries.

Grand Challenges Canada is looking for Integrated Innovations in Global Mental Health from social, scientific, and business researchers for significantly improved treatment and increased access to care for patients with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries.

Applicants in low- and lower-middle-income countries and Canada are eligible to apply. In order to be considered eligible, Canadian principal investigators must apply with co-principal investigators in a low- or lower-middle-income country.

For the Request for Proposals and Letters-of-Intent Instructions, please visit

Deadline for LOI: October 4, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. EDT

Grand Challenges Canada’s mental health initiative seeks to fund some of the top priorities identified by the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health, the US National Institute of Mental Health and others in their study “Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health” published in the July 7 issue of Nature -

That study identified the most critical barriers in global mental health and the research required to improve the lives of people suffering from mental illnesses around the world. Grand Challenges Canada will fund up to 25 international research teams to focus on the priorities identified in the study.

For the full News Release, please visit

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