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OPTions Initiative: Next-Generation Methods seed grants

OPTions Initiative: Next-Generation Methods seed grants

The Options for Pregnancy Termination Innovation Initiative (OPTions Initiative) seeks narrative and paradigm-shifting strategies that give women, girls, and individuals with a variety of sexual and gender identities control over where, when, and how they terminate their pregnancies when there are one or more valid legal justifications for doing so.

Initiative Goals

The main objective of the Options for Pregnancy Termination Innovation Initiative (the “OPTions Initiative”). Is to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact In situations where there are one or more legal justifications for it.

The Initiative is looking for creative and revolutionary techniques that provide women, girls, and people with a variety of sexual and gender identities autonomy over where, when, and how they choose to end their pregnancies.

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Funds Value

Seed funds ranging from $250,000 to $400,000 CAD will be available for inventions that aim to test and develop future methods of menstrual induction, conception disruption, or pregnancy termination over an 18 to 24 month period.

Eligibility 

Grand Challenges Canada will evaluate proposals in accordance with the requirements. Applications that do not meet the qualifying requirements will not be considered for evaluation. The qualifications: are

  • Proposed ideas must be aligned with the Areas of Focus and the Target Users.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain any necessary legal and/or regulatory approvals, consents or reviews required to accept foreign grant funds and/or conduct the project activities before applying for funding from Grand Challenges Canada.
  • Grand Challenges Canada may, at any time and at their sole discretion, modify eligibility criteria with respect to individual applicants, Project Leads and/or eligible countries, to the extent that such modifications do not materially undermine the review process
  • Project Leads funded under OPTions Round 1 or 2 are ineligible to submit an application for Round 3; however, institutions funded under Round 1 and/or 2 are eligible to apply (if all eligibility criteria are met) with a different Project Lead.
  • Applications must include all required information. Only complete applications will be considered by the Review Committee.
  • Each institution may only submit one (1) proposal per focus area of the RFP (i.e., one proposal for innovations that increase access to existing methods of abortion and one proposal for next generation abortion methods). For universities, one (1) proposal per focus area of the RFP will be accepted from each research center within the university.
  • A project can have only one (1) Project Lead, who must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted. The Project Lead should be the person with the highest level of responsibility working directly on the project and will be the point of contact for GCC.
  • A Project Lead may only be listed on one (1) application for this Request for Proposals.
  • Eligible applicants include social enterprises and other recognized institutions (e.g., non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and for-profit companies) that:Are formed and legally incorporated in an eligible country, as determined by the RFP focus area an institution is applying toCan successfully execute the activities in their respective technical areaAre capable of receiving and administering grant fundingAre not sole proprietorshipsAre not United Nations country offices
  • Institutions must be incorporated as follows:Access Applicants: Only institutions legally incorporated in a low- or middle income country are eligible to apply to the ‘increasing access to existing methods of abortion’ focus area of the RFP.Next Generation Methods Applicants: Institutions from all countries, including high-income country institutions, are eligible to apply to the ‘next generation methods of abortion’ focus area of the RFP.
  • A project can have only one (1) Project Lead, who must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted. The Project Lead should be the person with the highest level of responsibility working directly on the project and will be the point of contact for GCC.
  • A Project Lead may only be listed on one (1) application for this Request for Proposals.
  • Each institution may only submit one (1) proposal per focus area of the RFP (i.e., one proposal for innovations that increase access to existing methods of abortion and one proposal for next generation abortion methods). For universities, one (1) proposal per focus area of the RFP will be accepted from each research center within the university.
  • Project Leads funded under OPTions Round 1 or 2 are ineligible to submit an application for Round 3; however, institutions funded under Round 1 and/or 2 are eligible to apply (if all eligibility criteria are met) with a different Project Lead.
  • Applications must include all required information. Only complete applications will be considered by the Review Committee.
  • Proposed ideas must be aligned with the Areas of Focus and the Target Users.
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain any necessary legal and/or regulatory approvals, consents or reviews required to accept foreign grant funds and/or conduct the project activities before applying for funding from Grand Challenges Canada.
  • Grand Challenges Canada may, at any time and at their sole discretion, modify eligibility criteria with respect to individual applicants, Project Leads and/or eligible countries, to the extent that such modifications do not materially undermine the review process

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Important Notice

  • Grand Challenges Canada must approve any changes in applicant organization, institution, country of implementation or Project Lead from the originally submitted application.
  • Project Leads are required to seek and obtain sign-off from their affiliated institution before submitting their application.
  • Next generation applicants from high-income countries are highly encouraged to collaborate with an innovator based in a low- or middle-income country, however, this is not a requirement at the proof-of-concept level of investment.

Application Deadline

31-Dec-22

How To Apply

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