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Contract for Services to a USA, Canada, or International Individual to
Oversee Studies Related to the Mental Health of Young Adults

Mental Health Initiative – Subcontractor

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Foundation / Corporation

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Grand Challenges Canada, Global Affairs Canada and Government of the United Kingdom

Deadline Date:

08/29/22 5:00 PM EST


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Contract for services to a USA, Canada, or International individual to oversee studies related to the mental health of young adults. The purpose of the studies is to address the mental health challenges of young adults in low and middle-income countries. Specific countries of interest include Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Romania, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam. The selected subcontractor will supervise the funding of 3-5 regionally focused grants for LMIC-driven longitudinal, multi-site, multinational, cohort-based research investments.

Grand Challenges Canada is seeking a subcontractor to support the Global Mental Health program. The subcontractor will be responsible for designing and implementing a research funding call to better understand and estimate the long-term mental health impacts of emerging stressors on young people.

The Mental Health Initiative strives to contribute to the continuous improvement of young people’s mental health and wellbeing in LMIC contexts. It applies a systemic approach combining research, innovation, policy, and advocacy measures that address cultural, social, economic, political, and environmental drivers of mental health. To foster a thriving eco-system for the mental health of young people, country-based and global networks working for the mental health of young people will be strengthened. The aim is to have locally driven, needs and evidence-based innovative approaches that focus on community-based prevention and promotion, that have the potential for transformative change and provide young people with the skills to help alleviate the mental health burden seen in adulthood.

Specific objectives of the Mental Health Initiative include:

  • Fostering local and global networks of key stakeholders that continuously drive the research, programmatic and policy agenda for the mental health of young people
  • Strengthening LMIC-entity driven quality implementation and research on young people’s mental health (including the impact of COVID-19), and strengthen LMIC research, institutional and management capacity
  • Developing and implementing relational wellbeing and other innovative approaches to improve community-based mental health-related services for young people, by leveraging digital technology, data, and AI where appropriate
  • Promoting exchange of evidence, new approaches, and learnings, and foster their use at a broader scale, through partnerships and collaboration
  • Engaging young people at all stages of the initiative to ensure stronger needs orientation, acceptability, effectiveness, and sustainability of the interventions.

The subcontractor will be expected to: 

  1. Conduct Research Prioritization Process
  2. Pre-Launch of the Request for Proposal
  3. Launch of the Request for Proposal
  4. Pre-Research Project
  5. Initiation phases
  6. Output delivery – Grant management
  7. Results evaluation (outcomes and impact)
  8. Research Reports

For additional information regarding subcontractor responsibilities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 205084

Term of Contract:

The resulting contract will be in effect for seven years with an initial one-year development phase followed by a six- year implementation phase contingent on review.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This Bid Solicitation seeks to engage an individual for hire in the role of: Subcontractor

Please note, only entities based in LMIC or with headquarters registered in LMIC are eligible. Low- and middle-income countries: specific countries of interest are Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Romania, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

Any firm currently providing audit services to Grand Challenges Canada cannot be considered for this Bid Solicitation, due to the need for independence and perception of independence.

Pre-Application Information:

Closing Date: August 29, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST

For greater certainty, Bids will only be accepted from August 2nd at 3:00 pm EST until August 29th at 5:00 pm EST (bid solicitation period).

Based on the evaluation of the criteria described here:, competitive Bids could be invited for an interview. The purpose of the interview would be to further assess the capacity of the Bidders to best deliver the scope of work.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications to:
Grand Challenges Canada / Grands Défis Canada
MaRS Centre, West Tower
661 University Avenue, Suite 1720
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1M1
Attention: Nicole Bardikoff, Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Mental Health

T 416.583.5821
F 416.978.6826

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