Bold Local Ideas Create Big Impact in Developing Countries
MONTREAL, QC, Nov. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Grand Challenges Canada CEO Dr.
Peter A. Singer today announced a pioneering new funding program for
creative and dynamic developing world innovators. The announcement was
made at the 2011 Global Health Conference. "Rising Stars in Global
Health" is a program designed to encourage developing country
innovators to pursue their original and bold ideas to tackle some of
the most difficult global health challenges.
"Grand Challenges Canada believes that some of the most effective
life-saving breakthroughs come from developing country innovators,"
said Dr. Peter A. Singer, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada. "Who knows
the people, the health challenges, the impact and the potential for
solutions better than motivated local innovators? Often promising local
ideas do not have the support to be developed. We want to change that."
"I am delighted that Grand Challenges Canada has made this commitment,"
said Dr. Mohammed Hassan, Former Executive Director of The Academy of
Sciences for the Developing World and Board Member, Grand Challenges
Canada. "It's such an important opportunity for innovators in the
developing world to have support for their bold ideas which have such
potential to save lives."
In total, Grand Challenges Canada will award up to $18 million in seed
and scale up grants for original ideas with potential. For the first
phase, some of the most promising creative ideas will receive seed
grants of $100,000 to develop the concept further. Then innovations
with highest potential will be eligible for further grants of $1
"We are looking for those transformational ideas that can make a
difference in some of the most under-served countries in the world,"
said Joseph L. Rotman, Chairman of the Board of Grand Challenges
Canada. "We know that developing world innovators have bold ideas to
address their own challenges and those ideas need support."
The Rising Stars in Global Health program is part of the successful
Grand Challenges Canada's Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health
initiative which funds Canadian innovators. Proposals such as a tattoo
that delivers drugs, a wind up fetal heart monitor and unique
technology strategies to support HIV prevention were seed grant
winners. Grand Challenges Canada anticipates more exciting innovations
will emerge from this request for proposals.
"This Rising Stars in Global Health initiative builds on our history of
investing in local talent and ideas," said David Malone, President of
the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). "Promising
younger people so often grow into tomorrow's leaders."
"There are so many amazing creative ideas grown locally here in the
developing world that can save lives," said Dr. Fredros Okumu, of the
Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania. "My work has benefited from the
support of Grand Challenges Canada. Now I can further develop a
promising device to reduce the incidence of malaria, a disease claiming
close to 800,000 lives a year."
Proposals require Grand Challenges Canada's Integrated Innovation
approach which is the coordinated application of
scientific/technological, social and business innovation to develop
solutions to complex challenges.
Grand Challenges Canada is funded through the Development Innovation
Fund. In Budget 2008, the Government of Canada committed $225 million
CAD over five years to the Development Innovation Fund, to support the
best minds in the world in a collaborative search for solutions to
global health challenges.
For more information, 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 Centre (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 draw on decades of experience
managing publicly funded research projects to administer the
Development Innovation Fund. IDRC also ensures 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 health research investment agency. 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 14,100 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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