Grand Challenges Canada: Stars in Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights (Round 10)


Grand Challenges Canada


Stars in Global Health: Round 10 - Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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Request for Proposals

Frequently Asked Questions


Through this Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Request for Proposals, 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 (e.g. contraception; comprehensive sexuality education; safe abortion, where legal; and menstrual hygiene management). Of particular interest to Grand Challenges Canada are innovations that improve the prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence, and to child, early, and forced marriage, so that women and girls are empowered and have greater influence over their lives and futures. 

Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants for one year to develop and test the proposed innovation. By the end of the seed grant, innovators are expected to have demonstrated proof of concept of the idea, developed a plan for scale and sustainability, and attracted interest from key stakeholders and partners needed to proceed along a path to scale and sustainability. Successful innovators will be invited to apply for Transition to Scale funding.


 It is mandatory for all applicants from Canada to have a collaborator based in an eligible country other than Canada (see list of eligible countries in Section 4.1 of Request for Proposals). Existing and new collaborations are equally encouraged, particularly those that will bring additional components of Integrated Innovation to your project: scientific/technological, social and business innovation. 
A project can only have one Project Lead who must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted.

Note: All implementation activities must occur in eligible low and middle-income countries. 

Funding Availability

Grand Challenges Canada aims to award approximately 80 seed grants in this round. Approximately two-thirds of the awardees will be from low- and middle-income countries, with one-third from Canada.

Maximum Project Value

Seed grants of up to $100,000 CAD 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

All successful applicants must complete their project within 12 months. 

The grant must be started no later than September 30, 2019 due to the end date of Grand Challenges Canada’s Contribution Agreement with the Government of Canada. 

Special Notes

Applicants are encouraged to access Grand Challenge Canada’s Proposal Development Resource to assist in developing their proposal package.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a copy of the complete proposal package along with a signed OR-5 form to

External Deadline

Final application must be submitted to Grand Challenges Canada by applicant through the Community Portal.

How to Apply

Applications MUST be submitted through the Grand Challenges Canada Community Portal

Applicants must first create an account using the following link: Create an Account.

A two-minute video explaining the target sexual and reproductive health and rights problem, the proposed solution, and why it is a creative, bold and innovative approach should also be uploaded to the application website.Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information. 


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