Grand Challenges Canada: Saving Brains Round 5


Grand Challenges Canada, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The ELMA Foundation, Grand Challenges Ethiopia - cont'd in description below

For More Information

For more information, please go to the sponsor website 


(sponsors cont'd:  Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation, Palix Foundation, UBS Optimus Foundation, World Vision Canada)

With the ultimate goal of increasing human capital and tackling existing inequalities, Saving Brains seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner. Through this Request For Proposals, Saving Brains will support applications for seed funding to develop and validate these bold ideas.

Proposals will test the proof of concept of innovation solutions relevant to poor, marginalized populations in low-or middle-income countries and designed to have sustainable impact at scale.


Faculty – Applicant institutions from Canada must apply with a co-PI primarily affiliated with an institution in an eligible country listed in Appendix A, other than Canada.  See ‘Request for Proposals’ on sponsor website for Appendix A.

Funding Availability

$250,000 CAD

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Maximum of 24 months.


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

Internal Deadline

Please submit your application/proposal along with an OR5 form to

External Deadline

To sponsor directly.

How to Apply

Applications for the Saving Brains Request for Proposals MUST be submitted through the Grand Challenges Canada Community Portal.  In order to gain access to the Portal, applicants must first create an account using the following link: Create an account.

For Questions, please contact

For questions, please contact: and view the Saving Brains ? Information Sheet (PDF). 

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Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
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519-824-4120 x52832

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