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Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) - Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns - Round 25

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, Businesses,
IHEs, and Agencies to Improve the Efficacy of Health Campaigns

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Global Grand Challenges

Deadline Date:

04/22/20 11:30 AM Pacific Time


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Grants to USA, Canada and International nonprofit organizations, businesses, government agencies, and academic institutions for programs that enhance the reach, coverage, effectiveness, and efficiency of health campaigns. Funding is intended to target populations that are high-risk or unreached.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking innovative solutions that accelerate the improvement of coverage, reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of mass health campaigns that deliver health products or services in low-and middle-income countries, specifically through improved planning/microplanning and focus on unreached populations. Specifically, they seek innovations in approaches, practices, or tools that dramatically improve the planning/microplanning that will lead to improved effectiveness of campaigns. The Foundation is also looking for innovative tools and technologies to more effectively identify and reach the most vulnerable populations when countries are designing and implementing mass 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.

Successful proposals should consider the following:

  • Planning and microplanning
  • Identifying and reaching high-risk or unreached populations

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 approximately 18 months beginning on the project start date. Phase I awardees have an opportunity to apply once for Phase II funding with a grant term of up to two (2) 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.

The Foundation will not consider funding for:
- Proposals that are not innovative; proposals that only offer incremental / non-transformative improvements (e.g., use of mobile data collection instead of paper-based collection) with no clear link to dramatically improved campaign effectiveness; proposals that repeat conventional approaches without novel application.
- Proposals addressing one specific health need/campaign platform, rather than an innovation that would improve health campaigns in general.
- Proposals focused on educational campaigns or are not specifically focused on campaign-based delivery of health goods and services. Interventions that are better classified as technical assistance or campaign implementation (e.g., focused on the delivery or improvement of a single campaign).
- Proposals focused on improving access to existing tools or technologies or 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).
- Approaches not directly relevant to low-income settings and that do not clearly consider the local context of available financial systems and infrastructure for resource poor health settings (e.g., using expensive devices; require government issued IDs where few people have them; require hospital deliveries in settings where this is not the norm).
- 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.
- Approaches that circumvent the public sector completely.
- Approaches which would require a donor’s long-term financial support to sustain.
- Approaches that are clinic based.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals for Round 25 must be submitted prior to the submission deadline of 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Key Dates:
- February 26, 2020: Application period opens
- Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 11:30 a.m. US Pacific Time: Application deadline
- June 2020: Proposal review completed
- October 2020: Selections completed, and notifications sent
- By November 1, 2020: Awarded projects start date

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