Last Updated

06 May 2020

Grand Challenges Africa Calls For Proposals: Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH)

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have come together in a transformative partnership to support African investigators to accelerate Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) targets towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for health.

Grand Challenges Africa (GCA) and partners will fund African investigators through this GC Africa Innovation Seed Grants’ (GCA-ISG) call (round 8). Subject to the eligibility requirements in the GCA Rules & Guidelines, African investigators are invited to apply, with the support of the primary organisation where they are affiliated, and where the major part of the work will be undertaken. The GCA-ISG grants will fund projects up to USD $100,000 for 2 years. 

This is, therefore, a call for proposals looking for big, bold, innovative ideas that can have the greatest impact on African maternal and neonatal health with the potential for future sustainability and scaling.

Grand Challenges are looking for innovations that:

  1. Package known interventions in a way that ensures they are delivered efficiently and cost-effectively and or promote MNCH in otherwise excluded communities.
  2. Apply new technologies to enable rapid identification of risks or management of conditions (communicable and non-communicable) that lead to poor outcomes in pregnancy, birth and in the first month of life.
  3. Apply precision medicine techniques to identify or manage common exposures in Africa that may increase susceptibility to communicable and non-communicable diseases in mothers and children under 5 years of age.

Proposals deadline January 14, 2020.

Read more and apply here