50 % of the annual appropriations have been earmarked for practically oriented projects that may help achieve the UN Sustainability Goal no 3, aiming at reducing both maternal and newborn mortality by 2/3 from 2010 to 2030.

The Board will be prioritizing projects relating to interventions on day of birth – including prevention of stillborn deaths.  Applications that go beyond a local impact and have the potential to document long term practical value and stimulate developments also in other regions/countries will be prioritized .

Applications are particularly welcome relating to:

  • Innovative approaches to more efficient education and implementation
  • Collaborative initiatives relating to scale-up of proven concepts
  • Projects taking place in the Foundation’s focus countries: Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi, Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

The Board expects to fund up to 20 projects per year in this category, with a maximum amount of USD 50,000, with the average grant being around USD 30,000. The Board will carefully consider the realism of the presented budget, and whether this contains items that the Foundation according to this information is not funding. If the total expenses for the project should exceed the grant, the Board will consider the likelihood that the project can be carried out with required additional funding from other sources. Institutional overhead cost related to the project may be covered up to 10%.

Practical experience of the applicant(s) to deal with the special challenges typically found in low-resource settings, and a strong commitment for participation also from local partners, are other factors that will be considered.

If an institution considers to submit applications from several applicants, the institution should prioritise the projects before submission.

Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1 each year. All applications must be submitted on the Foundation’s application platform.

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A list of the projects that have received support in this category can be seen here.

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