Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact® in global health. They are funded by the Government of Canada and they fund innovators in low- and middle-income countries and Canada. The bold ideas they support integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – they call this Integrated Innovation®. They focus on bringing successful innovation to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact. They have a determined focus on results, and on saving and improving lives.
Grand Challenges Canada works closely with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) to catalyze scale, sustainability and impact.
Grand Challenges Canada focuses on innovator-defined challenges through their Stars in Global Health program and on targeted challenges through Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and Global Mental Health programs. They help transition promising innovations from the proof-of-concept stage to scale through their Transition-to-Scale program.
Grand Challenges Canada launched on May 3, 2010. To date, they have supported almost 700 projects totaling $174 million implemented in more than 80 countries and have leveraged $224 million in additional funding from outside the Government of Canada, including significant private sector investment. Their investments are producing results: Over 2 million beneficiaries have already accessed their innovative products or services (based on about a quarter of their funded projects reported to date). Thousands of lives have been saved and over ten thousands lives have been improved. They anticipate even more impressive outcomes as these innovations move from proof-of-concept to scale.
A big thank you to Grand Challenges Canada from all of us at Tiny Totos Day Cares for being so generous and thoughtful.