The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program is now accepting proposals for the selection of Health Policy and Research Organizations. The program is funded by Canada’s Global Health Research Initiative, a collaboration of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and IDRC.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the program’s region of focus, targeting these nine countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, and Tanzania.
- The Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program seeks to improve maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes by strengthening equitable health systems, using primary health care as an entry point. Two inter-related program components, Implementation Research Teams and Health Policy and Research Organizations, have been designed to achieve the goals of the program.
- The primary goal of the Health Policy and Research Organizations will be to function as catalysts and enablers for moving research evidence generated by the selected teams to policy and practice within the sub-Saharan region, therefore enabling connections between research and decision-making.
- Two Health Policy and Research Organizations will be selected: one for West Africa and one for East Africa. The Health Policy and Research Organizations will be linked with Implementation Research Teams working within their respective regions.
Worth of Award
- A budget of approximately CA$5 million is available where two grants of a maximum of CA$2.5 million each will be awarded (one for West Africa and one for East Africa).
Organizations (or the lead organization of a consortium) must:
- be a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization legally founded and registered as an independent entity in the country of operation. Only non-partisan and not-for-profit organizations can be included in a consortium.
- be an African organization. United Nations agencies and international organizations based in Africa or overseas are ineligible to be the lead organization or to be part of a consortium.
- support a health policy development and implementation mandate through knowledge brokering, analysis, and research.
- work in at least one of the targeted countries and demonstrate willingness and capacity to expand their work in all the other targeted countries in the selected HPRO region (East or West).
How to apply
- Interested organizations, are to download application forms online.