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Saving Lives at Birth: Round II Request for Applications
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Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development

Round II Request for Applications

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Grand Challenges Canada invite global problem solvers to answer their second call for innovative solutions to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths. Additionally, the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partnership announces a new partner, the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), in its search for groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of childbirth.

Specifically, the Challenge seeks to identify and develop transformative approaches that integrate new technologies, better service delivery models, and improved “demand side” innovations that empower pregnant women and their families to practice healthy behaviors and be aware of and access health care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postnatal period, especially the first two days after birth.

The partners anticipate awarding 25 seed grants and 5 transition-to-scale grants as a result of the Request for Applications (RFA). Actual number of awards in each category may vary.

Learn more and answer their call for innovative ideas:
* Download a copy of the RFA [PDF, 532KB].
* Submit your application no later than April 2, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EST.
* Send any questions on the RFA to: by March 7, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
* Visit the website to watch videos from the first call for solutions.
Please help us spread the word and share this notice with a broad range of experts in a variety of disciplines. Help us spark transformational change and accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level. Together, we can transform insurmountable development challenges into solvable problems.

2 thoughts on “Saving Lives at Birth”

  1. I guess all nations should have joined  this great challenge for development. It will bear  life-saving programs and unity among all nations in the world. 

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