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Pregnancy Termination Innovation (OPTions) Initiative: Request for Proposals (Round 2) to Improve the Lives of Women and Girls in low- or middle-income countries (LMICs)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 19, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on April 12, 2020
Pregnancy Termination Innovation (OPTions) Initiative logo
Pregnancy Termination Innovation (OPTions) Initiative logo

The goal of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact® for women’s and girls’ access to safe abortion in low- and middle-income countries.

We seek innovative and transformative approaches that put women and girls in control of where, when and how they terminate their pregnancy.

The OPTions Initiative is seeking innovated ideas that have the potential to:
a) Increase women’s and girls’ access to safe abortions in low- and middle-income countries, or
b) Be the next generation method of abortion.

Areas of Focus:
1. Grand Challenges Canada seeks bold ideas designed to be implemented in low- and middle-income countries that focus on access to safe abortion. These bold ideas could originate from non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations, as well as other recognized institutions.
2. The following types of institutions are particularly encouraged to apply and will be viewed favourably in the review process:
a) Institutions external to the existing sexual and reproductive health and rights network;
b) Institutions that add value and bring new perspectives to the safe abortion spacIntroducing a next generation method of safe abortion that provides one or more significant improvements over existing methods,e;
c) Istitutions that are positioned to introduce novel ways of addressing the problem;
d) Social enterprises and feminist organizations.

Proposed innovations must be bold, innovative, transformational and ‘outside-the-box’, and must have the potential to make a substantial impact to improve access to safe abortion.

The innovations are expected to improve access to safe abortion through either of the following two focus areas:
> Increasing early access to manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) and medical abortion (MA);
> Introducing a next generation method of safe abortion that provides one or more significant improvements over existing methods.

Utilize This Offer

Grand Challenges Canada, funded by the Government of Canada and other partners, is currently accepting proposals for Round 2 of its Options for Pregnancy Termination Innovation (OPTions) Initiative to save and improve the lives of women and girls through improved access to safe and legal abortion.

Innovations must ultimately benefit women and girls amongst the poorest of the poor in eligible low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD over 18 to 24 months to develop and test the proposed innovation.

Only institutions legally incorporated in a low- or middle-income country that can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area, are capable of receiving and administering grant funding are eligible to apply.

Submission Deadline: April 14, 2020 at 3:00 PM (EST).

Applications must include all required information. Only complete applications will be considered by the Review Committee.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 19
Mar 19

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.

Anita Shrestha
Mar 19
Mar 19

Thank you for sharing

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 19
Mar 19


Jill Langhus
Mar 20
Mar 20

Thanks, Ana.