Next-Generation Methods of Pregnancy Termination

The OPTions Initiative is accepting applications regarding next-generation methods of pregnancy termination on a rolling basis. Next-generation method applications should focus on novel methods of pregnancy termination that offer one or more significant improvements to existing pregnancy termination methods.

Examples of novel ideas for next-generation pregnancy terminations methods include, but are not limited to:

  • The ability to be effectively administered at later stages in gestation
  • Effectiveness at terminating a pregnancy
  • The ability for women and girls to access and self-administer with greater autonomy and privacy
  • Ease of compliance (e.g. single pill administration)
  • Reduced side effects and pain
  • Stability profile
  • Permissive within existing regulatory frameworks (e.g., it has other primary indications)
  • Cost-effectiveness


1. Institutions from all countries, including high-income country such as Canada, are eligible to apply. 

2. Innovations must ultimately benefit women and girls amongst the poorest of the poor in eligible low- and middle-income countries (Appendix A). 

3. Eligible applicants include social enterprises and other recognized institutions (e.g., non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and for-profit companies) that: 

- are not previous or current direct grantees of the very large anonymous donor

- are formed and legally incorporated in an eligible country, as determined by which focus area of the RFP an institution is applying to (see point 2)

- can successfully execute the activities in their respective technical area 12

- are capable of receiving and administering grant funding

- are not sole proprietorships

- are not United Nations country offices

4. A project can have only one (1) Project Lead, who must be affiliated with the institution from which the proposal is being submitted.

5. A Project Lead may only be listed on one (1) application to this Request for Proposals.

6.  For universities, one (1) proposal per focus area of the RFP will be accepted from each research center within the university.

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Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to $250,000 CAD over 18 to 24 months to develop and test the proposed innovation. All successful applicants must complete their project within 24 months. No-cost extensions will not be provided and exceptions are at Grand Challenges Canada‚Äôs sole discretion. 

A limited number of innovations funded through this RFP may have the opportunity to apply for transition-to-scale funding of up to $1,000,000 CAD, if funding is available, to support the refinement, testing and implementation for scale of innovative solutions that have already achieved proof of concept. 

While matching funds are not a requirement at the seed funding stage, all innovators are encouraged to secure co-funding. 

*SFU Signature Sheet and full proposal due to no later than 3 business days prior to the deadline. Applicants (not ORS) submit applications via agency's portal.

Reminder: Based on the revision of Postdoctoral fellow (PDF) policy (R50.03), please continue to include 14% of PDF benefit in all your proposal budgets.

Upcoming Deadlines

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16:00:00 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Next-Generation Methods of Pregnancy Termination .