Updated Apr 07, 2021

Stars in Global Health Program

Offered by Grand Challenges Canada as part of Stars in Global Health

The Stars program is seeking bold ideas that will improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, adolescents, children and LGBTQI+ people in Sub-Saharan Africa. The bold ideas are expected to improve the access, use and quality of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and services and to be resilient to pandemic control measures like those introduced to control COVID-19. Of particular interest to Grand Challenges Canada are innovations that improve responses to sexual- and gender-based violence.
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Jun 03, 2021Deadline
Up to $79,312Amount
12 monthsDuration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

Created inCanada
Implemented In:
Focus AreasGender
Gender Equity (Gender)
Gender-based Violence (Gender)
Sexual and Reproductive Health (Health)
Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (Youth)

1) The applicant must be a non-profit organization, for-profit company, research/academic institution, limited liability companies or any other legal institution that is incorporated in an eligible jurisdiction, as listed in Appendix A, and is capable of receiving and administering funding.

2) Applications must include all required information and address all questions. Only complete applications will be considered for review.

3) Applications must be submitted in either English or French.

4) A majority of the applicant’s activities and budget must be carried out/spent in Sub-Saharan Africa (as listed in Appendix A).

5) Grand Challenges Canada may, at any time and at their sole discretion, modify eligibility criteria with respect to an applicant, Project Leads and/or eligible countries, to the extent that such modifications do not materially undermine the review process.

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesWhile we greatly encourage the involvement of men and boys, the intended target users of proposed innovations must be underserved populations including women, adolescents, children and LGBTQI+ people in low- and middle-income countries in Sub Saharan Africa.REQUIRED
Management Team

Multidisciplinary and cross-sector teams are encouraged. Effective project teams need experience, or a plan to engage relevant expertise, in:

• sexual and reproductive health and rights;

• monitoring and evaluation;

• data analysis and statistics;

• business and/or public sector engagement; and

• working in the implementation region/country.

Social entrepreneurs interested in applying should ensure they have the legal capacity to enter into a contract with Grand Challenges Canada. Grand Challenges Canada does not fund individuals, sole-proprietorships, partnerships, unincorporated trusts or any entity that does not have the legal capacity to enter into a contract.

Potential for Scale

Grand Challenges Canada expects that the most successful innovations it funds will eventually be scaled up through partnerships, either with the private sector, the public sector or a combination of both, and that scaling will be carried out with the goal of achieving meaningful health impact for unserved and underserved populations in low and middle-income countries. Applicants should convincingly show in their application how and why they believe their projects will eventually be scaled by one or both of the following pathways:

• Private sector scaling paths are suitable for projects that are commercially viable or provide value to attract a private sector partner, either because production costs and sales prices are such that they are profitable, or users demand the innovation and are willing to pay for it themselves.

• Public sector scaling paths are suitable for projects that are likely to compel host country government ministries and departments, multilateral donors or other public sector players to scale them. These should be aligned to, and have the ability to be incorporated into, the country’s national health plan or strategy.

Reporting Requirements
  1. Performance reporting focused on utilization of funds, learnings and outcomes achieved. The frequency of reporting will be every three or six months, depending on our assessment of project and institutional risk.

  2. A final report accounting for financial expenditures, that captures a clear assessment of project impact. Please note that a 5% hold back of funds will be applied to all funding under this program, to be released to innovators upon submission of a satisfactory final report and full justification of costs.

  3. Continued post-grant updates on impact, global access, data access and management of intellectual property rights in supported innovations.

Instructions for reporting will be provided to successful recipients. Written progress reports and conversations via teleconference may be required to satisfy reporting requirements.


Application And Awards Process

To apply for funding, applicants must use the online application provided, which is only accessible via the Grand Challenges Canada’s Fluxx Portal (gcc.fluxx.io).

You MUST register for an account by 2:00pm EDT (6:00pm UTC) May 20th, 2021

Grand Challenges Canada cannot provide application questions via email and proposals submitted through email will not be considered. Google Chrome is the recommended browser (DO NOT use Internet Explorer).


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