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Creating Hope in Conflict - A Humanitarian Grand Challenge
Seeks solutions that enable life-saving or life-improving assistance to reach people affected by conflict-generated humanitarian crises.
U.S. Agency for International Development
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: US Agency for International Development, UK Department for International Development, Grand Challenges Canada
Submission Start: 02/19/2018 10:30 AM ET
Submission End: 04/12/2018 11:30 AM ET
This challenge is externally hosted.
You can view the challenge details here: https://humanitariangrandchallenge.org/
DescriptionToday, over 136 million people require humanitarian assistance. Hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable people in conflict zones are currently unreachable by traditional humanitarian aid delivery. As the length, frequency and scope of armed conflicts increase, it is progressively more difficult to reach affected people in insecure areas with life-saving and life-improving humanitarian assistance. International aid agencies face challenges in delivering humanitarian aid in conflict-affected contexts, including damaged infrastructure, aid diversion, corruption and threats of violence. Local responders are often better placed to reach affected people in insecure settings, but lack the funding or resources, or the capacity to provide aid in hard-to-reach places. As the scale of humanitarian emergencies continues to grow at a rate that surpasses the capacity of any one partner or sector to respond, new ways of thinking and working together are imperative. Engagement with the private sector is essential in developing new approaches to complement traditional ways of delivering humanitarian aid. The private sector is often uniquely effective at scaling sustainable solutions and in improving the speed, quality and cost-efficiency of delivering or manufacturing commodities and utilities, recycling products and financing or developing innovative solutions. To improve assistance in conflict-generated crises, the United States Agency for International Development Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and Grand Challenges Canada have launched Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge. THE GRAND CHALLENGE We seek life-saving or life-improving innovations to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict. These innovations will involve a connection to the private sector and input from affected communities in order to provide, supply, or locally generate safe drinking water and sanitation, energy, life-saving information, or health supplies and services to help conflict-affected people. AREAS OF FOCUS The Humanitarian Grand Challenge is focused on addressing the most acute needs in conflict-affected areas that have the potential to be solved by innovation in one or more of the following four areas: (1) safe water and sanitation; (2) energy; (3) life-saving information; or (4) health supplies and services. Innovations must enable local solutions, serve local needs and delivery gaps, overcome common delivery barriers in conflict settings, or improve on the timeliness and cost efficiency of current humanitarian delivery methods. The focus areas are described in detail below. Safe Water and Sanitation Roadblock: Lack of safe water sources and sanitation in conflict settings. Context: Approximately 53.5 million people in the world’s most challenging humanitarian emergencies require safe water and sanitation. Adequate access to safe water and basic sanitation is critical to prevent skin disease and waterborne diseases; for example, diarrheal diseases, which is the second leading cause of death globally for children under five, with 88% of deaths attributable to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene. Yet, managing the spread of diseases in conflict is made particularly difficult by the disruption or destruction of existing waste management, water treatment and distribution systems. People who are displaced by conflict are often at a higher risk of infection by waterborne pathogens because of the resulting poor and crowded living conditions, combined with poor nutrition and limited healthcare. We invite bold ideas, technologies, processes and approaches that enable rapid provision of safe water and safe disposal of waste and sewage in the most vulnerable households and/or enable implementers to rapidly scale up programs. Energy Roadblock: A lack of reliable, accessible and sustainable electricity options in conflict settings. Context: It is estimated that 83 million people in the world’s most challenging humanitarian emergencies are without access to electricity. Currently, much of the electricity in conflict zones comes from generators and is therefore reliant on diesel, which needs costly and difficult transportation, and can also be diverted to fuel weapons of war. Electricity is needed to run:
- Health services, such as lighting for surgery, dialysis machines and oxygen manufacturing
- Water pumping and purification
- Household needs
- Information and communications systems
- Enable non-expert people to provide quality care
- Empower skilled staff who choose to work in conflict zones
- Allow faster or less costly importation and distribution of quality essential health supplies in conflict zones
- Enable affected communities to manufacture necessary high-quality and safe supplies, or to sterilize and reuse them.
- Private for-profit entities, such as a business, corporation, or private firms
- Private equity or private financial institutions, including private investment firms, mutual funds or insurance companies
- Private investors (individuals or groups)
- Private business or industry associations, including but not limited to chambers of commerce and related types of entities
- Private grant-making foundations or philanthropic entities.
- Formal education
- Approaches that utilize security-related surveillance, weapons, force or similar technologies
- Discovery science, merely capacity-building initiatives, ongoing programmatic funding or infrastructure development
- Projects that involve establishing proof of concept of innovations for which the core intellectual property rights are owned by a third-party institution, unless either: (a) the third-party institution has granted the applicant sufficient license rights to the innovation to permit eventual scaling in relevant countries, or (b) the third-party institution is willing to sign an undertaking to Grand Challenges Canada committing to comply with Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Access Policy: http://www.grandchallenges.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Global-AccessPolicy_25May2016_EN.pdf.
- Performance reporting focused on utilization of funds and outcomes achieved. The frequency of reporting will be every three or six months, depending on our assessment of project and institutional risk.
- Dissemination of knowledge in a timely manner, including through social media, open access publications, depositing of data into publicly accessible repositories, press releases, conferences, stakeholder engagement, etc. Acknowledgement of the Humanitarian Grand Challenge partners will be required.
- A final report that accounts for financial expenditures and that captures a clear assessment of the impact of the project. Please note that a 5% hold back of funds will be applied to all funding under this program, to be released to innovators upon submission of a satisfactory final report and full justification of costs.
- Continued post-grant updates on impact, global access, data access and management of intellectual property rights in supported innovations. Instructions for reporting will be provided to successful recipients. Written progress reports and conversations via teleconference may be required to satisfy reporting requirements. In addition to the above-mentioned activities, innovators will be expected to:
- Participate in public engagement activities.
- Contribute to the learning agenda for specific challenges, including through participation in meetings, such as the annual Grand Challenges meetings.
RULES AND GUIDELINESSubmitted proposals go through a multi-step review process before the Humanitarian Grand Challenge Steering Committee makes a recommendation for funding. Grand Challenges Canada’s Board of Directors makes the final funding decisions. For more details: www.grandchallenges.ca/who-we-are/our-people/. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
- Eligible applicants include social enterprises and other recognized institutions (e.g., non-profit organizations and for-profit companies) that are formed and legally incorporated, that can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area, and that are capable of receiving and administering grant funding. Sole proprietorships are not eligible for funding. United Nations country offices are not eligible to apply.
- A project can have only one Project Lead, who must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted.
- A Project Lead may only be listed on one (1) application to this Request for Proposals. An institution may be the applicant on multiple applications, provided all applications have different Project Leads.
- Applications must include all required information. Only complete applications will be considered by the Review Committee.
- The Humanitarian Grand Challenge partners may, at any time and at their sole discretion, modify eligibility criteria with respect to individual applicants, Project Leads and/or eligible countries, to the extent that such modifications do not materially undermine the review process. (See Section 5.4.)
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONSSubmitting an Application/Letter of Intent There are two distinct submission streams: one for seed (via application form) and one for Transition To Scale (via Letter of Intent). Both seed applications and Transition To Scale Letters of Intent MUST BE submitted through Grand Challenges Canada’s Community Portal (gcc.fluxx.io). In order to gain access to the Portal, applicants must first create an account using the following link: Create an account. Once you have created an account, please allow up to one (1) business day for Grand Challenges Canada to process your account request. Once your information has been processed, you will be emailed login credentials to access the Portal to submit your application/Letter of Intent. To return to the Community Portal to continue working on your application at any time, please visit https://gcc.fluxx.io/. Seed applicants will be prompted to answer a series of questions about their innovative idea, goal, objectives and activities, approach, framework for measuring success, and budget. Transition To Scale applicants, via Letter of Intent, will describe their innovation, evidence of proof of concept, pathway to scale and sustainability, and proposed use of funds. For technical support, please email email@example.com. Innovator Toolbox Applicants are encouraged to access Grand Challenge Canada’s online Innovator Toolbox at www.grandchallenges.ca/funding-opportunities/innovator-toolbox/, which contains materials to help researchers and innovators to develop their project proposals and to plan for how their innovation will go to scale, be sustained and have global impact. Also see the Gender Equality Portal at www.grandchallenges.ca/funding-opportunities/gender/ for a set of gender equality tools. Questions Please first reference our “Frequently Asked Questions” page located http://www.grandchallenges.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/20170728-SB-R6-FAQ-EN.pdf. Questions about this Request for Proposals that are not addressed in the above FAQ may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before April 5, 2018.
|Registration Deadline Applicants must create an account through Grand Challenges Canada’s Community Portal (gcc.fluxx.io).||April 9, 2018|
|Application Deadline Applications must be submitted no later than 11:30 a.m. North America Eastern Time Zone (15:30 GMT)||April 12, 2018|
|Invitations to submit full Transition To Scale applications||July 2018|
|Notification of application status of seed project applications||September 2018|
|Anticipated start date of seed projects||December 2018|
|Anticipated start date of Transition To Scale projects||Early 2019|
- Is the proposed idea clearly articulated?
- Does the innovation represent more than an incremental improvement over current approaches?
- Does the proposed solution address the specific problem under the Humanitarian Grand Challenge, as described in Sections 2.1 and 2.2?
- Does the proposed solution target vulnerable people who are hard to reach and affected by conflict, as described in Section 2.3?
- Does the proposed solution have the potential to generate life-saving or life-improving assistance for vulnerable people in hard-to-reach locations in conflict-affected contexts? (Seed ONLY)
- Has proof of concept been demonstrated for the proposed solution? (Transition To Scale ONLY)
- Proof of concept: evidence generated in a controlled or limited setting of (1) improved assistance, lower reliance on importations, and/or reduction of other significant barrier(s) to obtaining assistance in conflict-generated contexts; and (2) demand for the solution.
- Is the proposed solution appropriate for wider implementation in conflict settings?
- Does the proposed idea apply to the most vulnerable in conflict-affected areas and have the potential to address inequalities?
- Is the innovation bold?
- How well does the proposed idea integrate scientific/technological, social and business innovation?
- To what extent will affected people be meaningfully engaged in designing, testing and iterating of the proposed innovation?
- Is the project execution plan designed to demonstrate proof of concept of the idea within the time and resources provided? (Seed ONLY)
- Proof of concept: evidence generated in a controlled or limited setting of (1) improved assistance, lower reliance on importations, and/or reduction of other significant barrier(s) to obtaining assistance in conflict-generated contexts; and (2) potential to be implemented at scale in other contexts.
- Does the proposal reflect a well-developed plan for scale and sustainability, including commitments from key stakeholders and partners needed to proceed along a path to scale and sustainability? (Transition To Scale ONLY)
- Is there a connection with the private sector that will increase the likelihood of success?
- Is the plan to monitor and evaluate impact sufficiently robust, in order to draw the appropriate conclusions by the end of the funding?
- How well does the proposal take into account gender equality, environmental sustainability, and human rights and inclusion?
- Is there evidence provided to indicate the likelihood of success, and a rigorous assessment of project risks, corruption risks, risks of diverting aid, safety and security risks, and associated mitigation strategies? (This should include privacy and data privacy of affected people, where relevant, and consider staff, affected people, the wider community and any other stakeholders.)
- Do the Project Lead and key team members have the commitment and leadership potential needed to bring solutions to scale?
- Are the proposed Project Lead and/or key team members appropriately trained, experienced and positioned to carry out the proposed work?
- To what extent has the Project Lead and/or key team members demonstrated the ability to draw on the expertise of the private sector?
- Have the Project Lead and/or key team members demonstrated the ability to understand and meet the needs of affected people in the context?
- Are the scope of the proposed work, the Project team’s capacity, and the funds requested reasonable and commensurate with the proposed proposal goals?
- Does the proposal represent a particularly thoughtful and efficient use of resources?
- Integrated Innovation – How strong is the coordinated application of scientific/technological, social and business innovation to maximize the likelihood of going to scale and achieving sustainable impact at scale?
- Impact – What is the potential for future lives saved and improved?
- Entrepreneurship – Does the team have the capacity, skills and ability to implement their proposed vision and strategy?
- Smart Partnerships – Does the team have sufficient strategic alliances and/or partnerships that will enable scaling of the innovation? At transition-to-scale level, engagement with the private sector is required. Matched funding will be viewed favourably as a strong sign of commitment from strategic partners.
- Sustainability – Is there a viable path to reach financial sustainability via private and/or public channels (without further funding from the Humanitarian Grand Challenge partners)?
- Intended Scope of Work – Are the scope of the proposed plan and the funds requested reasonable and commensurate with the proposed goals for Transition to Scale?
- Execution – Can the proposed plan be feasibly implemented, sustained and financially supported during the Transition To Scale funding period?
- Ethical Compliance – Is the proposed plan compliant with ethical best practices?
- Environmental Sustainability – Does the proposal reflect Grand Challenges Canada’s commitment to ensuring the prevention of material adverse environmental effects?
- Gender Equality – Does the proposal reflect Grand Challenges Canada’s commitment to furthering the principles of gender equality?
- Human Rights and Inclusion – Does the proposal reflect Grand Challenges Canada’s commitment to furthering the promotion of Human Rights and Inclusion principles?
- Intellectual Property – Has the innovator obtained legal access to and/or managed intellectual property rights in a manner that enables the innovator to comply with Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Access Policy and Data Access Policy, and to provide rights to Grand Challenges Canada under a Global Access Agreement?
- Global Access – Is the innovator’s Action Plan likely to lead to meaningful access to the innovation for target beneficiaries, particularly those among the vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities?
- Data Access – Does the innovator’s Action Plan contemplate publication and/or dissemination of results and data in an open, timely manner?
Financial Terms and Eligible CostsCosts directly related to the implementation of the project are eligible as per the Eligible & Ineligible Expenses Directive. Indirect/Overhead Costs Indirect/overhead costs are not eligible. Terms of Payments
- Advance Payments: An initial advance equal to the estimated cash flow requirements for eligible costs forecasted for the first period will be made upon signature of the Agreement. Subsequent payments will be made through quarterly advances based on the estimated cash flow requirements for Eligible Costs. Advances will be subject to a 5% holdback on the amount forecasted.
- All advance requests and financial reports submitted shall be signed by a senior executive holding a certified professional accounting designation.
- Outstanding Advances: Advance payments cannot cover more than two periods and at no time shall there be outstanding advances covering the cash flow requirements of more than two periods. For example, before an advance payment is issued for a third period, the first period must be accounted for.
- Separate Bank Account and Interest Earned on Advance Payments: A separate bank account, bearing interest, shall be maintained for the project.
- Final payment will be subject to the following conditions:
- The Project has been completed in accordance with the Agreement.
- Grand Challenges Canada has received and accepted the final report.
- Grand Challenges Canada has received a certificate stating that financial obligations to employees, subcontractors or suppliers with respect to Grand Challenges Canada's contribution to the Project have been fully discharged.
- Cancel this Request for Proposals at any time and for any reason.
- Amend and reissue the Request for Proposals at any time and for any reason. This Request for Proposals is valid commencing on February 19, 2018, and supersedes any previous Request for Proposals of this nature. The terms and conditions of this Request for Proposals apply to all applications submitted from February 19, 2018, going forward and may be replaced by a revised Request for Proposals in the future. We recommend checking for any revisions to the Request for Proposals prior to the submission of your application.
- Accept or reject any application that is non-conforming because it does not meet the eligibility criteria, does not comply with the application instructions and/or does not comply with the instructions for allowable costs.
- Not award an application based on performance on a previous Grand Challenges Canada grant or project, or based on the award of a grant to the applicant for the same or similar research by one of Grand Challenges Canada’s partners or collaborating institutions.
- Disqualify any application at any stage where there is an indication that the proposal was, in any way, plagiarized.
- Accept or reject any or all applications, regardless of an application’s ranking, based on the evaluation criteria, with or without providing an explanation.
- Award applications with different funding amounts, different durations and/or different conditions than set out above.
- Verify any information provided by applicants through independent research or by contacting third parties deemed to be reliable by Grand Challenges Canada, and use that information to inform Grand Challenges Canada’s funding decision.
- Provide grants in collaboration with funding partners. This may involve separate grant agreements with each institution (i.e., one with Grand Challenges Canada and one with a partner institution), as well as distinct transfers of funds. Any such funding may be subject to terms and conditions beyond those described herein. Grand Challenges Canada reserves the right to negotiate for any additional IP requirements/terms and conditions of any Humanitarian Grand Challenge partners.
- Research involving human participants must be conducted in a manner that demonstrates, protects and preserves respect for persons, concern for the welfare of individuals, families and communities, and justice.
- Research involving animals must be conducted in a manner that ensures their humane care and treatment.
- Certain research endeavours, including but not limited to research with recombinant DNA, biohazards and genetically modified organisms, may be subject to enhanced regulation and oversight.