Sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Investing in sexual and reproductive health is cost effective and critical to boosting economic growth and advancing the health, rights, and wellbeing of women and girls, their families, and their communities. While women and girls are the center of this development agenda, engaging men and boys is also critical to achieving gender equality.

Through this Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Stars in SRHR) Request for Proposals, Grand Challenges Canada seeks bold ideas for products, services and implementation models that could transform how persistent challenges in sexual and reproductive health and rights are addressed in low- and middle-income countries.

The bold ideas are expected to improve the provision and use of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, (e.g. contraception; comprehensive sexuality education; safe abortion where legal; and menstrual hygiene management). Of particular interest to Grand Challenges Canada are innovations that improve the prevention of and response to sexual and gender-based violence, and to child, early, and forced marriage, so that women and girls are empowered and have greater influence over their lives and futures.


The Stars in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Request for Proposals opens for submissions on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 for 8 weeks.

Areas of particular interest include innovations that focus on sexual and gender-based violence and child, early and forced marriage, and innovations with potential for scaling and strong paths to sustainability.

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The deadline for submissions is 3:00 pm ET on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Successful proposals will be awarded grants of up to CAD $100,000 for a period of up to 12 months.