This Challenge seeks innovations that contribute to the development of safe and effective non-hormonal contraceptives that meet the needs and interests of women and that address key barrier in accessing and using currently available methods.
Grand Challenges in Global Health are seeking nonhormonal contraceptives that are easy to access, discreet, convenient, and non-invasive. Additionally, it is important that these methods have tolerable side effects and do not impact the menstrual cycle. This work will be led by Grand Challenges Africa, a program of the Science for Africa Foundation with funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Are led by a PI based at an African institution, including Africa-led for-profit companies based in Africa.
- Demonstrate that at least 90% of the funding is going to support one or more African institution(s).
- Engage scientists across a variety of disciplines, including those new to the field of contraceptive R&D.
- Enhance the research ecosystem for contraceptive R&D and strengthen the contraceptive R&D network on the African continent.
- Demonstrate innovative thinking by applying or incorporating concepts, methods or technologies not necessarily currently being used for contraceptive R&D.
- Present concepts and strategies that are “off the beaten track”, significantly radical in conception, and daring in the premise.
- They particularly encourage applications involving projects led by women or from women-led organizations and applications.
Grant size: $350,000
Deadline: December 16th, 2022