'Saving Lives at Birth' challenge: Round 2

A mother and her newborn at the Kangaroo Mother Care in Malawi. Photo by: USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development and its partners are again calling for innovative and transformative ideas targeting pregnant women and newborns in poor communities around the world.

USAID launched on Wednesday (Feb. 22) the second round of the “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development.” This year, the U.K. Department for International Development will be joining USAID, the Norwegian government, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada in the initiative.

The partners aim to invest at least $50 million in “groundbeaking” and sustainable projects that cut across the domains of science and technology, service delivery, and demand-side innovation. They anticipate awarding 25 seed grants and five transition-to-scale grants this year.

The deadline for applications is on April 2.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.