USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, and KOICA: Inviting applications for ‘Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development’ to find the tools and approaches to help the mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours.

Funding brief: USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, and KOICA have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, to find the tools and approaches to help the mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours.

They seek ground breaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of delivery.

This is the period when the majority of maternal and newborn deaths occur and the population that has been the most difficult to reach.

They seek innovative ideas that can leapfrog conventional approaches in three main domains: (1) technology; (2) service delivery; and (3) “demand side” innovation that empowers pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors and be aware of and access health care during pregnancy, childbirth and the early postnatal period, especially the first two days after birth.

Category: They invest in a portfolio of projects.  Through this portfolio, they seek groundbreaking innovations by providing:
● Seed Funds to support the development and validation of ideas capable of impacting health outcomes for pregnant women and their babies in low-resource settings,
● Validation Funds to introduce and validate the effectiveness of innovations to reach proof-of-concept, and
● Transition to Scale Funds to develop, refine, and rigorously test the impact of integrated solutions that have previously measured promising health outcomes in a controlled or limited setting and have the potential to credibly scale to improve the lives of millions of pregnant women and newborns in multiple countries. Transition funding is limited to integrated solutions that unite technology, service delivery, and demand.

Donor Name: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

Funding name: Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development

Deadline: Expressions of Interest (EOI) shall be submitted by February, 28th, at 2:00 pm ET

Funding details link: https://savinglivesatbirth.net/apply

Funding limit:
● 
The Partners seek to catalyze scale and sustainability of the most promising innovations. They will fund solutions across the continuum of scale-up as described below. In addition to funding, and to accelerate impact of the innovation, each grantee will receive $25,000-$50,000 worth of technical assistance in tailored scaling support annually.
● Developing, testing and refining scaling plan/business model, including generating evidence of health outcomes or conducting further market research needed to engage partners. Estimated funding and timeframe: about $400,000 USD (Up to 500,000 CAD) for up to 24 months.
● Transitioning to scale innovations with promising health impact and developed, sustainable scaling plans. These innovations must have demonstrated strong evidence in a controlled or limited setting of improved health outcome(s) and/or the reduction of significant barrier(s) to health and demand for the solution (i.e. proof of concept). Submissions will have the potential to credibly scale in a sustainable manner beyond the term of Saving Lives at Birth funding to improve the lives of millions of pregnant women and newborns in multiple settings. Estimated funding and timeframe: approximately $800,000 USD (up to 1,000,000 CAD) for up to 24 months.

● Applicants may not propose projects for longer than 2 years and for more than 1,000,000 CAD (approx. 800,000 USD).

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: Not found

Project duration: 2 years

Eligible organization: As below

 Eligibility: Eligible applications will focus on any of the following areas alone or in combination:
● Developing, testing and refining scaling plan/business model, including generating evidence of health outcomes or conducting further market research needed to engage partners.
● Transitioning to scale innovations with promising health impact and developed, sustainable scaling plans. These innovations must have demonstrated strong evidence in a controlled or limited setting of improved health outcome(s) and/or the reduction of significant barrier(s) to health and demand for the solution (i.e. proof of concept). Submissions will have the potential to credibly scale in a sustainable manner beyond the term of Saving Lives at Birth funding to improve the lives of millions of pregnant women and newborns in multiple settings.

Interventions that:
● Substantially increase demand for and access to primary health interventions for women and newborns;
● Substantially improve the quality of care as measured by health outcomes; and
● Improve and sustain healthy behaviors, attitudes, and practices.

● The lead applicant must be a non-profit organization, for-profit company, or another recognized institution that is capable of receiving and administering funding. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
● 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 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 (https://savinglivesatbirth.net/sites/default/files/lmic_list.pdf).

● Reviewers will look for partnerships that contribute expertise relevant to the scale and sustainability of the idea. Co-funding and/or matched funding from partners is required, as this demonstrates a key stake in project success by project partners, as well as demand for the solution. Matching funds should be ‘new cash’. Where cash is not possible, and where strong smart partners are present such as government or corporate partners matching through in-kind contributions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Though it is preferred, secured commitment of matched funds may not be required at the proposal stage. Funding committed up to one year prior to submission of the applicant may be considered for match funding.
● Applicants may not propose projects for longer than 2 years and for more than 1,000,000 CAD (approx. 800,000 USD).
● Applicants do not need to have received previous Saving Lives at Birth funding to be eligible to apply.

Eligible Country: Applicants may be from high-income countries. However, they 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 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 (https://savinglivesatbirth.net/sites/default/files/lmic_list.pdf).

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
● Apply: www.savinglivesatbirth.net/apply
● Guideline: https://savinglivesatbirth.net/sites/default/files/rd_8_baa_submission_instructions_tts_final.pdf

https://savinglivesatbirth.net/sites/default/files/baa-globalhealth-2017_rd_8_slb_addendum_2_scale_and_sustainability.pdf

● Form:
Budget: https://savinglivesatbirth.net/sites/default/files/tts_slb-budget-template-en.xls

How to apply:
● 
All EOI must be submitted through the online application platform, which can be accessed via the link found at www.savinglivesatbirth.net/apply.
● Please contact with the donor directly to know the details for applying for this fund


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