Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Announces Round 6 Call for Innovative Solutions to Prevent Infant & Maternal Deaths

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Announces Round 6 Call for Innovative Solutions to Prevent Infant & Maternal Deaths

WASHINGTON – Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its sixth call for groundbreaking, sustainable innovations to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the hardest to reach corners of the world. This round will place an increased focus on advancing the most successful and transformational innovations as they transition to scale.

Saving Lives at Birth has mobilized the world’s brightest thinkers to address the critical issue of maternal and newborn health. To date, the Grand Challenge for Development has funded 92 innovations over the course of five award rounds in three different grant categories: Seed Funds to develop and assess the feasibility of innovative ideas, Validation Funds to introduce and validate the effectiveness of innovations to reach proof-of-concept, and Transition Funds to transition innovations with demonstrated proof-of-concept toward scale up. This approach has been a critical part of the global effort to bring an end to the 303,000 maternal deaths, 2.7 million newborn deaths, and 2.6 million stillbirths that occur each year.

The program will begin taking applications mid-January, with submissions due by February 29 at 2pm EST. Award semi-finalists and award nominees will be announced later in 2016. 

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partnership, launched in 2011, includes the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), the U.K’s Department for International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

To learn more about Saving Lives at Birth Round 6 and to apply, go to: www.savinglivesatbirth.net. To download a PDF copy of the Media Advisory, please click here

 

For additional information, contact:

USAID Press Office: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov

Grand Challenges Canada: savinglivesatbirth@grandchallenges.ca

Government of Norway: Haitham.el-noush@norad.no

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: media@gatesfoundation.org

DFID: pressoffice@dfid.gov.uk

KOICA: och7512@koica.go.kr