Saving Lives at Birth

Saving Lives at Birth calls on the brightest minds across the globe to identify and scale up transformative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns during their most vulnerable hours.

Saving Lives at Birth

Saving Lives at Birth (2011-2016) is a USAID partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, Grand Challenges Canada, the Government of Norway, and the Department for International Development (DFID). It is a grant competition that seeks innovative prevention and treatment approaches to the health problems of pregnant women and newborn children in rural, low-resource settings. There have been four rounds of calls for innovation and in the first round alone, the partners received over 600 submissions from which they awarded 21 seed grants and 3 transition-to-scale grants. The second round awarded 12 seed grants and 3 transition-to scale grants. 22 awards were given on the third round, and 30 awards were given on the fourth and final round. The total investment is expected to reach at least USD 50 million over the entire life of the partnership.


  • World Bank Group

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting...

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (B&MGF)

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    They are focused on the areas of greatest need, on the ways in which they can do the most good.


  • Grand Challenges Canada

    Implementing NGO
    Canada | Staff size: 26-50

    Grand Challenges Canada is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact® in global health. We are funded by the Government of Canada and we fund innovators in low- and middle-income...

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Department for International Development (DFID) - United Kingdom

    Funding Agencies
    United Kingdom | Staff size: 1001-5000

    The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID is tackling the global challenges of time including poverty and disease, mass...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 2011
  • End Date 2016
  • ValueUSD 50 Million