Through a rigorous peer review process, nineteen innovators' proposals were selected from across Canada each receiving a grant of $100,000. Their ideas are innovative, plan to address barriers to implementation such as community values and ethics, the health systems required to deliver the discoveries, and cost-effective commercialization of their solutions Challenges Canada calls this Integrated Innovation, an approach which improves the success rate of discoveries. If their ideas are robust, effective, and proven, the innovators will be eligible for an additional scaleup grant of up to $1 million for each proposal.
There will be three rounds of Canadian Rising Stars for a total of $20 million. Of this amount, approximately $14 million will be available for scale-up grants.
Grand Challenges Canada is a new global health organization funded by Canada's foreign aid budget. Its purpose is to fund research to address some of the most difficult global health issues through Integrated Innovation and save lives. Canada is the first country in the world to adopt a grand challenges approach to foreign aid.
Grand Challenges Canada participates in a consortium with Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Mr. David Malone, President of IDRC, joins Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR in congratulating the new grantees.
"The grant recipients have all displayed enormous creativity and commitment to solving global health challenges," says Dr. Beaudet. "It is exciting and very rewarding to have the opportunity to encourage them in their work."
Adds Mr. Malone: "We're very pleased to see Grand Challenges Canada, Canada's International Development Research Centre and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research take a 'whole of Canada' approach to creating the Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health initiative
|Contact: Lyn Whitham|
McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health