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Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Announced

  • Mar 8, 2011

Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates announced "Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development," a grant program to find groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in rural, low-resource settings around the time of delivery.

Saving Lives at Birth takes elements of its approach from the Grand Challenges in Global Health and Grand Challenges Explorations programs and from those of Grand Challenges Canada; it uses a review process that rewards unconventional thinking, and it incorporates staged funding to maximize impact. "Seed" grants of up to $250,000 are given for specific innovations in science and technology, service delivery, or demand generation, while "Transition to Scale" grants of up to $2 million are given for approaches to integrate each of these components in a single program.


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