Donor: Grand Challenges
Application procedure: Online Application
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation, Social Business
Deadline: 06.12.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 150.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Health
  • Research, Technology & Innovation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective 

The Women’s Health Innovation team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is looking for innovations and ideas that address opportunities outlined in the Opportunity Map. The ultimate goal of this RFP is to kickstart work to address gaps in women’s health R&D. The overall objectives are to:

  • Advance bold ideas that address opportunities in the Opportunity Map
  • Enhance overall funding and resources for women’s health R&D
  • Demonstrate effectiveness of investments in women’s health R&D

They are looking for proposals that address opportunities for the following topic areas in the Opportunity Map:

  • Data and modeling – Collecting more granular data, strengthening capacity for sex- and gender-informed data collection, and filling critical data gaps.
  • Research design and methodologies – Advancing sex- and gender-intentional research design, methods, and analysis.
  • Regulatory and science policy – Implementing sex- and gender-intentional regulatory and science policy frameworks that promote the development of innovations that improve the health of women.
  • Innovation Introduction – Strengthening the innovation ecosystem and pathways for women’s health solutions to scale.
  • Social and structural determinants – Including social determinants of health in R&D in women’s health research agendas to develop more equitable and appropriate women’s health products.
  • Training and careers – Embedding a sex and gender lens throughout education and supporting women’s career advancement to develop a workforce able to drive innovation in women’s health.
  • Communicable diseases – Evaluating the burden of infectious diseases and their direct and indirect costs, exploring associations between microbes and chronic conditions, and developing innovations for infections that disproportionately impact women and that can benefit pregnant women.
  • Female-specific conditions – Researching the etiology and progression of gynecological, reproductive, maternal, and life stage conditions, supporting new methods for data collection and sharing, and developing innovations to prevent, diagnose, monitor and treat female-specific conditions.

2) Eligibility 

This initiative is open to nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. They particularly encourage applications involving projects led by women or from women-led organizations and applications from institutions based in low- and middle-income countries. Proposals should be aligned to local public health systems. Additionally, collaborations are highly encouraged.

3) Location 

Actions can take place in low- and middle-income countries worldwide.

4) Budget 

The funding level for each award is a total of up to USD $150,000 for a project lasting up to 2 years, based on the scope of the proposed project. They intend to fund up to 3 proposals for each of the 8 in-scope Opportunity Areas.

5) Application 

The application deadline is 6 December 2023.

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