Under ‘Saving Brains’ Grand Challenges Canada seeks bold ideas for products, services, policies, and implementation models that protect and nurture early brain development in a sustainable manner. Proposals must provide innovative solutions relevant to low-resource settings in low- or middle-income countries.
Applicants from eligible countries may submit proposals to either of two funding streams: seed grants or transition – to – scale grants. Applicants from Brazil can only submit proposals to the seed grant funding stream. The value of the awards is expected to vary and will be commensurate with the proposed project. The level of funding requested should be sufficient to assure completion of the goals in the stated timeframe. Grand Challenges Canada reserves the right to fully or incrementally fund selected application(s), to partially fund selected applications(s), and to increase or decrease budgets as it deems appropriate at its sole discretion.
Seed Grants: Seed grants support the development and validation of innovative ideas to protect and nurture early brain development, offering up to $250,000 CAD each over a maximum of two (2) years.
Transition-to-scale Grants: Transition – to – scale grants support the refinement, testing and implementation of innovative solutions that have already achieved proof of concept to bring them toward scale, offering up to $1 million CAD of matched funding over a maximum of three (3) years.
Projects should address major risks to early brain development that would be relevant to the target population, which might include:
Child neglect, abuse or maltreatment
Exposure to contaminants/pollutants
Exposure to violence, including intimate partner violence
Inadequate stimulation and/or learning
Intrauterine and neonatal insults
Maternal mental health conditions
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