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Grand Challenges Africa: Round 11 - Transition to Scale Innovation Call 2

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 1, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on June 29, 2020
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This call is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Eligible innovators can apply for this competitive follow-on transition to scale or scale up grant which will run for a term of up to thirty-six (36) months. We will fund an amount which is commensurate with the scope of work proposed. Grantees will automatically be eligible for technical and business development support through the period of the grant by the partners. They will also have an opportunity to showcase their innovations, interact with fellow innovators and other stakeholders as well as learn from experts in various areas of interest through the GC Africa Innovation Network (GCAiN). 

1. Identify the most promising innovations in the field of health and development in Africa that have gone beyond proof of concept.
2. Support widespread replication and/or adaptation of the innovations across large geographies and populations for transformational impact (scaling).
3. Promote Africa-led scientific innovations to help countries better achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by awarding Innovation Transition Grants (ITG) to the continent’s most impressive solutions. This is as a follow up to initial Innovation Seed Grants (ISG) advanced by Grand Challenges partners.

Funding Information
The funding available for the various levels of Transition to scale are as follows:
Transition to scale 1 (TTS 1)-From USD$100,000 to USD$250,000;
Transition to scale 2 (TTS 2)-From USD$250,001 to USD$500,000;
Transition to scale 3 & 4 (TTS 3 & 4) -From USD$500,001 to USD$1,000,000.

The selected innovators will be funded through grants or a blend between Grant and debt.

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The goal of this call is to catalyze scale and sustainability – so that the bold ideas we support are closer to having big impact in a sustainable manner by the end of the funding term.

Non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, or another recognized institution that is incorporated in an eligible jurisdiction in Africa and can receive and administer funding are eligible to apply.

Founders or PIs should be African Citizens or residents of Africa. Where there is local international ownership, applicants should have adequate control to make executive decisions about the project. They should demonstrate a strong grip on research expertise (being the PI or collaborator) and ownership of the venture.

DEADLINE:  30th June 2020 at 23:00HRS East Africa Time (EAT).

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 01
Jun 01

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.

Jill Langhus
Jun 03
Jun 03

Thanks, Ana.