Call for Proposals: USAID Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge

Deadline: February 21, 2013

Proposals are being invited for the Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge for Development. USAID, in collaboration with the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and DFID calls for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.

They are looking for innovative ideas to accelerate substantial and sustainable progress in reducing maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level. Project ideas across the three main domains are accepted:

(1) Science & 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.

This call is particularly interested in investing in approaches that integrate the latest scientific, technological, behavior change, and information and communication advances into radical solutions for impact on maternal and newborn health.

Audacious but achievable ideas with the potential to lead to transformational change will be funded through at least one of two funding streams:

(1) Seed Funds to demonstrate proof of concept, and

(2) Transition Funds to transition successful innovations toward scale up.


Applications from all types of organizations including foreign and domestic for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, foundations, academic institutions, civic groups and regional organizations. Individuals and governments are not eligible to apply. For the purposes of this RFA, publicly-funded universities or universities with government affiliations are not considered governments.


The Saving Lives at Birth Challenge seeks applications that have an operational focus in low-income countries, as defined by the World Bank. Proposals with an operational focus in middle-income countries will also be considered.


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