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Grand Challenges Canada


Grand Challenges Canada

MaRS Centre, South Tower
101 College Street, Suite 406
Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact® in global health. We are funded by the Government of Canada and we fund innovators in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and Canada. The bold ideas we support integrate science and technology, social and business innovation – we call this Integrated Innovation®. We focus on bringing successful innovation to scale, catalyzing sustainability and impact. We 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 Global Affairs Canada to catalyze scale, sustainability and impact.

Grand Challenges Canada takes an evidence-based approach to development innovation to save and improve lives in LMICs. We are a platform for development innovation in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) through our Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains and MNCH Stars in Global Health programs. We are also focused on helping the poorest and most vulnerable populations, for example those who suffer from mental illness.

Since our launch in 2010, Grand Challenges Canada has supported a pipeline of over 700 projects in more than 80 countries. Our investments are producing results: Thousands of lives have been saved and over two hundred and eighty thousand lives have been improved, thus far. By 2030, these innovations have the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives and improve millions of lives.