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Grand Challenges India – Fourth Call – Immunization Data: Innovating for Action (IDIA)

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Immunization Data: Innovating for Action (IDIA)

Grand Challenges India is proud to announce its fourth call ‘Immunization Data: Innovating for Action (IDIA)’ with technical partnership from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Department of Health Research (DHR).

The closing date for the applications is 15th January 2018. The online portal will close at midnight and no applications will be entertained after this time.

The Request for proposal (RFP) provides a detailed account of the call, the eligibility criteria and other details. Please ensure that you go through this carefully before applying and that your documentation is as per the requirements.

To register and submit an application, please visit registration page.

Other call related documents such as the leaflet and poster are also available:

In case of questions please contact: Mission Director, Program Management Unit at BIRAC, at [email protected] with the subject line: Grand Challenges India IDIA or call us at +91-1124389600

Grand Challenges India:

Grand Challenges India (GCI), launched in 2012 and is the flagship program managed by the PMU at BIRAC for the Department of Biotechnology and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation partnership. It was launched with the aim of directing funding and research to address some of the most daunting health and development challenges we face today in different areas such as maternal and child health, infectious diseases, vaccines, point-of-care diagnostics, agricultural development, food and nutrition, sanitation and hygiene among others.

GCI is committed to seeking and rewarding both established researchers, young entrepreneurs and other innovators, from academia and industry, with the ambition of expanding the pipeline of ideas for developing new preventive and curative therapies, piloting new technologies, and exploring new ideas.

Mandate:

The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under Grand Challenges India seek proposals that address the challenges in immunization data systems in India that are different from current approaches and stretch the frontiers of the programme. The solutions submitted to this challenge may deal with integrated health information, or may focus specifically on immunization only. They should have the potential to be scaled up in multiple settings. We also encourage solutions that translate leading and best practices and solutions developed by the private sector as well as academic research, even from outside health sector.

This call is being launched with technical partnership from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Department of Health Research (DHR).

What we are looking for:

Proposals must provide a strong rationale for the work proposed, demonstrating a clear understanding of India’s context and needs, and present a defined hypothesis and associated plan for how the idea would be tested or validated. Proposed ideas should be potentially translatable to practical interventions in India’s immunization programme.

Funding:

This Grand Challenges India program will be for developing a Proof-of-concept for solutions.

Grant for developing proof of concept (12-18 months): Funded at up to $200,000 USD per project, these awards require preliminary data and are meant to provide an opportunity to develop, refine, and rigorously test approaches that have previously shown promise in controlled or limited settings.

Eligibility:

This RFP is India-led; the program is open to academics, research institutions, medical research institutions, for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, trusts and foundations.

Grants will be made to researchers and innovators who are Indian individual or Indian entities*, we also encourage partnerships with researchers of national/international expertise.
• An Individual should be a Citizen of India
• Indian entities are defined as those established under any relevant statute, agreement, rule or regulation in India.

Application instructions:

Please visit the BIRAC website at www.birac.nic.in and follow the link to the registration and submission portal.

The application consists of an online form, which needs to be filled online and a Proposal summary, whose format is available on the online form. The Proposal Summary will have to be uploaded on the online portal in PDF form.

Please read the Request for Proposals carefully and ensure your eligibility before applying for the challenge.

Application Process:

After an initial triage of the proposals submitted online, review panels established under the Grand Challenges India partnership will evaluate the proposals, after which selected proposals will be invited for presentations. Further selected proposals will require a technical and financial Due Diligence, pending which the final award announcement will be made.

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