Mental disorders are prevalent in all regions of the world, in every community and across every income level. An estimated 13% of the global burden of disease is attributable to mental disorders, with almost three quarters of this burden affecting people in low- and middle-income countries.
Grand Challenges Canada is seeking to improve treatments and expand access to care. We are committing up to $10 million CAD for the most promising bold ideas with big impact. Our focus is on low- and middle-income countries. We expect to fund proposals through two funding streams: seed grants (up to $250,000 CAD over 2 years) and transition-to-scale grants (up to $2,000,000 CAD over 3 years). Proposals must provide innovative solutions to address one (or more) of the following challenges in low-resource settings:
Grand Challenges Canada is looking for solutions that demonstrate a clear path to scale and sustainability, have measurable outcomes of increased access to care and improved treatment, and can ultimately serve as models that can be replicated or scaled in other low-resource settings, or have lessons for other settings. Grand Challenges Canada does not fund capacity-building initiatives alone. We are seeking evidence-based, affordable treatments or innovative service delivery models that can be scaled in a sustainable manner.