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Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) - Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns - Round 24

Grants to USA, Canada and International Nonprofits, For-Profits,
IHEs, and Agencies to Improve the Effectiveness of Health Campaigns

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Global Grand Challenges

Deadline Date:

11/13/19 11:30 AM PST


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Grants to USA, Canada and International nonprofit and for-profit companies, government agencies, and academic institutions for programs that enhance the reach, coverage, effectiveness, and efficiency of health campaigns. Funding is intended for creative tools, approaches, and practices that significantly improve the planning and microplanning, implementation/operations, monitoring, and evaluation required to improve the effectiveness of campaigns.

In order to contribute to the development and spread of campaign "best practices," a solution should be applicable to campaigns beyond the context in which it is originally tested (e.g. applicable in multiple lower- to middle-incomes countries and/or applicable across multiple types of health campaigns such as immunization, NTDs, malaria, or nutrition). The Foundation is especially interested in novel approaches that draw on innovation from large-scale delivery models outside of the health sector, which may include interventions used in the private sector.

Criteria for success include solutions that:

  • Are transformative, novel, or innovative. These interventions will significantly change the way in which campaigns are planned, conducted, or evaluated by proposing new ways of working, leveraging lessons from other sectors, or increasing transparency and effectiveness.
  • Could be used by various health campaigns beyond the campaign in which the innovation is originally conceptualized or tested, such as for immunization (measles, yellow fever, meningitis, etc.), neglected tropical diseases (trachoma, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis etc.), nutrition (vitamin A, deworming), malaria (bed net distribution, seasonal malaria chemoprophylaxis), and polio.
  • Could be used in various low- and middle-income countries beyond the country in which the innovation is originally conceptualized or tested.
  • Can be designed, tested, and scaled as a "best practice".
  • Can be applied in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Are cost effective.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170151

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards of $100,000 USD are made in Phase I. Phase I awardees may have one opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II award of up to $1,000,000 USD.

Term of Contract:

Phase I projects have a term of 18 months beginning on the project start date.

Phase II has a grant term of up to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

GCE is open to both foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions.

Applicants planning to conduct project activities in India may be required to register with the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 2010 (FCRA). As part of the foundation’s diligence the Foundation may ask for a copy of your organization’s registration under the FCRA or a written certification that FCRA registration is not required.

Funding will not be considered for:
- Proposals not presenting clear innovation for improving the planning, implementation, or evaluation of health campaigns.
- Interventions that are better classified as technical assistance or campaign implementation (e.g. focused on the delivery or improvement of a single campaign).
- Proposals seeking to apply existing tools in ways that do not transform the current practices used for campaign-based delivery.
- Proposals where the solution is to leverage one health campaign for co-delivery of other goods or services (e.g. using a NTD campaign to deliver vaccine reminders).
- Incremental improvements or small, non-transformative operational improvements (e.g. use of mobile data collection instead of paper-based collection) with no clear link to dramatically improved campaign effectiveness.
- Proposals focused on improving access to existing tools or technologies.
- Innovative ideas without a clearly-articulated and testable approach.
- Approaches not directly relevant to low-income settings.
- Approaches for which proof of concept cannot be demonstrated within the scope of the GCE Phase 1 award ($100,000 over 18 months).
- Secondary analysis of existing studies or systematic reviews unless there is a clear way in which the analysis can be scaled and will fundamentally change practice.
- Proof of concept studies that do not clearly consider the current context of available financial systems and infrastructure for resource poor health settings. For example, ideas that are tested using expensive devices or require government-issued IDs in a country where few people have them, or to populations which require hospital deliveries in settings where this is not the norm.
- Approaches that circumvent the public sector completely.
- Approaches which would require a donor’s long-term financial support to sustain.
- Innovative ideas that repeat conventional approaches without novel application.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due by Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 11:30 a.m. U.S. Pacific Standard Time

Key dates:
- September 2019: Application period opens
- Wed., November 13, 2019: Application deadline
- February 2020: Proposal review completed
- April 2020: Selections completed and notifications sent
- May 1, 2020: Awarded Projects start date

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