20 February 2019

Grand Challenges Canada

2018

Commitment Progress

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), with funding from the Government of Canada, is making a two-part commitment to Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) with an emphasis on promoting and scaling up RMNCAH-focused innovations. GCC’s Innovation Platform for MNCH ($160,000,000CAD in funding from the Government of Canada to support innovative solutions
to address big global RMNCAH challenges) is aligned with the EWEC. It will do so by funding RMNCAH innovations to advance the goals of the new Global Strategy under EWEC over the next five years (until 2020). Specific programs under this commitment are: (1) Saving Lives at Birth; (2) Saving Brains; (3) Muskoka Stars; (4) Muskoka Transition to Scale. Grand Challenges Canada will also support an Innovation Marketplace that will create channels for connecting innovators to partners and funds at the critical testing and transition to scale stages of the development of new products for women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health. In addition, GCC hosts the Innovation Marketplace Secretariat and Grand Challenges Canada’s CEO Peter A. Singer is co-chairing the EWEC Innovation Working Group.

2017

Commitment Progress

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), with funding from the Government of Canada, is making a two-part commitment to Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) with an emphasis on promoting and scaling up RMNCAH-focused innovations. GCC’s Innovation Platform for MNCH ($160,000,000CAD in funding from the Government of Canada to support innovative solutions to address big global RMNCAH challenges) is aligned with the EWEC. It will do so by funding RMNCAH innovations to advance the goals of the new Global Strategy under EWEC over the next five years. Specific programs under this commitment are: (1) Saving Lives at Birth; (2) Saving Brains; (3) Muskoka Stars; (4) Muskoka Transition to Scale. Grand Challenges Canada will also support an Innovation Marketplace will create channels for connecting innovators to partners and funds at the critical testing and transition to scale stages of the development of new products for women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health. In addition, GCC hosts the Innovation Marketplace Secretariat and Grand Challenges Canada’s CEO Peter A. Singer is co-chairing the EWEC Innovation Working Group.

2015

Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), with funding from the Government of Canada, is making a two-part commitment to Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) with an emphasis on promoting and scaling up RMNCAH-focused innovations via GCC’s commitment to align its MNCH platform up to $161,000,000 in support of EWEC, as well as hosting of the Innovation Marketplace Secretariat and Grand Challenges Canada’s CEO Peter A. Singer co-chairing the EWEC Innovation Working Group. Grand Challenges Canada is committed to align its recently announced USD $120,000,000 funding agreement for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) from the Government of Canada with EWEC. It will do so by funding RMNCAH innovations to advance the goals of the new Global Strategy under EWEC over the next five years. Specific programs under this commitment are: (1) Saving Lives at Birth; (2) Saving Brains; (3) Muskoka Stars; (4) Muskoka Transition to Scale. Grand Challenges Canada will also support an Innovation Marketplace will create channels for connecting innovators to partners and funds at the critical testing and transition to scale stages of the development of new products for women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health.

Commitment Progress

1. Saving Lives at Birth – to-date, 106 innovations implementing in 28 countries, resulting in 9,100 lives saved and 60,300 lives improved.

2. Saving Brains – to-date, 42 innovations implementing in 26 countries, resulting in ~32,000 children with lives improved.

3. Seed projects – 118 new projects selected and approved for funding under the RMNCH funding.

4. Transition to Scale – 23 projects selected and approved for funding under the RMNCH funding.

5. Innovation Marketplace: 100 innovations have been curated or rated through external review by scientific experts (College of Curators) and by Innovation Marketplace fellows using systematic criteria. The Innovation Marketplace is closely examining the top 30 innovations and brokering investment via the Marketplace partners and will be announcing funded deals in 2017.

2017 Priorities for GCC’s Innovation Platform for RMNCH:

  • 100 transition to scale investments in RMNCH innovations over two years, relying on partnerships with EWEC Innovation Marketplace, multinational corporations and Canadian NGOs + GCC’s seed pipeline to source quality opportunities.
  • Explore new RMNCH-related grand challenges to which GCC’s innovation platform could be applied. 2017 Priorities for the Innovation Marketplace:
  • Double the curated pipeline from 100 to 200 innovations with new innovations from partners including the Grand Challenges global network.
  • Continue brokering deals amongst partners moving towards announcements.
  • Produce a package of high-quality deals for private and social investors.
  • Host events at the World Health Assembly and UN General Assembly in cooperation with the United Nations Foundation.

2010

Grand Challenges Canada commits, with funding from the Government of Canada, to the launching of a grand challenge in maternal and child health.

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