Over $2 million in Grants awarded to some of Canada's most creative and
bold innovators to tackle pressing global health challenges and save
TORONTO, June 29, 2011 /CNW/ - From a tattoo that delivers drugs to
combat a debilitating and disfiguring disease; to solar powered tablets
to train women in Haiti on HIV prevention; to a rugged, reliable fetal
heart monitor that doesn't require electricity in order to save babies'
lives in Africa, Canadian innovators demonstrate creativity, bold ideas
and big hearts in the quest to make a difference in the developing
world and save lives.
Today Grand Challenges Canada announces 19 grants to Canadian innovators
in the first phase of its Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health
"When I ran in the Olympic Torch Relay with my wife Sandra, we felt a
sense of pride in Canada as we had never felt before," says Joseph L.
Rotman, Chair of Grand Challenges Canada. "I feel the same sense of
pride about these outstanding Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health
who demonstrate the leadership Canadians can and do contribute to the
Says Dr. Peter A. Singer, Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges
Canada: "These innovators are dedicated to bringing change to the
world's poorest countries. They believe Canada has a leadership role in
improving health conditions in the developing world. Collectively they
are a source of pride for our country."
"We are enabling Canadians to make their contribution to global health
challenges, in collaboration with colleagues in low- and middle-income
countries. Grand Challenges Canada is just beginning to tap that
potential," says Dr. Singer.
In a first for a Canadian grant application process, these innovators
each produced a short video to explain their ideas to Canadians. These
videos are as creative as the ideas proposed, showing our innovators in
a new engaging light. To watch the videos visit http://gcc.eyeptv.net
Through a rigorous peer review process, nineteen innovators' proposals
were selected from across Canada each receiving a grant of $100,000.
Their ideas are innovative, plan to address barriers to implementation
such as community values and ethics, the health systems required to
deliver the discoveries, and cost-effective commercialization of their
solutions. Grand Challenges Canada calls this Integrated Innovation, an approach which improves the success rate of discoveries. If their
ideas are robust, effective, and proven, the innovators will be
eligible for an additional scale-up grant of up to $1 million for each
There will be three rounds of Canadian Rising Stars for a total of $20
million. Of this amount, approximately $14 million will be available
for scale-up grants.
Grand Challenges Canada is a new global health organization funded by
Canada's foreign aid budget. Its purpose is to fund research to address
some of the most difficult global health issues through Integrated Innovation and save lives. Canada is the first country in the world to adopt a
grand challenges approach to foreign aid.
Grand Challenges Canada participates in a consortium with Canada's
International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Mr. David Malone, President of
IDRC, joins Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR in congratulating the
new grantees. "The grant recipients have all displayed enormous
creativity and commitment to solving global health challenges," says
Dr. Alain Beaudet. "It is exciting and very rewarding to have the
opportunity to encourage them in their work." David Malone adds, "we're
very pleased to see Grand Challenges Canada, Canada's International
Development Research Centre and the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research take a 'whole of Canada' approach to creating the Canadian
Rising Stars in Global Health initiative and supporting Canadians'
contribution to global health."
Today Grand Challenges Canada is also announcing a Request for Proposals
(RFP) for Round 2 of Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health. In this
Round, proposal submissions will require developing world innovators to
collaborate with Canadians on their bold ideas.
Please click on the following link to learn more about the Canadian
Rising Stars in Global Health Grantees: http://www.grandchallenges.ca/canadianrisingstars_round1grantees/
For more information please visit grandchallenges.ca
About Grand Challenges Canada
Grand Challenges Canada is a unique independent not-for-profit
organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of people
in developing countries by integrating scientific, technological,
business and social innovation. Grand Challenges Canada works with the
International Development Research Institute (IDRC) and the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR )and other global health
foundations and organizations to find sustainable long-term solutions
to the most pressing health challenges. Grand Challenges Canada is
hosted at the McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health.
About Canada's International Development Research Centre
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) supports research
in developing countries to promote growth and development. IDRC also encourages sharing this knowledge with policymakers, other
researchers, and communities around the world. The result is
innovative, lasting local solutions that aim to bring choice and change
to those who need it most. As the Government of Canada's lead on the
Development Innovation Fund, IDRC will draw on decades of experience
managing publicly funded research projects to administer the
Development Innovation Fund. IDRC will also ensure that developing
country researchers and concerns are front and centre in this exciting
About Canadian Institutes of Health Research
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved
health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened
Canadian health-care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides
leadership and support to more than 13,600 health researchers and
trainees across Canada.
CIHR will be responsible for the administration of international peer
review, according to international standards of excellence. The results
of CIHR-led peer review will guide the awarding of grants by Grand
Challenges Canada from the Development Innovation Fund
About McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health
The McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health is based at University
Health Network and University of Toronto. We develop innovative global health solutions and
help bring them to scale where they are most urgently needed. The
McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health hosts Grand Challenges
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