Stars in Global Health

The Stars in Global Health program supports Bold Ideas with Big Impact® from the best and brightest scientists and innovators, both in low- and middle-income countries and in Canada, to address some of the most pressing global health challenges. Proposals for the program should be based around bold ideas that will improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, adolescents, children and LGBTQI+ people in Sub-Saharan Africa. The bold ideas are expected to improve the access, use and quality of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and services and to be resilient to pandemic control measures like those introduced to control COVID-19. Of particular interest to Grand Challenges Canada are innovations that improve responses to sexual- and gender-based violence.


  • The applicant must be a non-profit organization, for-profit company, research/academic institution, limited liability companies or any other legal institution that is incorporated in Canada or other eligible countries listed in Appendix A, and is capable of receiving and administering funding.
  • A majority of the applicant’s activities and budget must be carried out/spent in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Funding & Duration

Successful proposals will be awarded seed grants of up to C$100,000 for up to 12 months to develop and test the proposed innovation. Please include 10% of directs costs as an overhead within the total budget of C$100,000.

All successful applicants must take begin the project period no later than July 30, 2022. All successful applicants must complete their project within 12 months. Exceptions are at Grand Challenges Canada’s sole discretion.

Portal registration required

Applicants need to register for a Fluxx account ( before May 20, 2021 at 2pm EDT (11am PST) to be able to submit the application

Note: If you have applied for funding in the past, you already have an account. If you do not remember your password, you can reset it and gain immediate access to the portal.


Applicants are asked to notify SFU International ( about their intention to submit a proposal. SFUi can provide strategic review of draft proposals upon request and support applicants to provide an 'for information only' memo to the Senate Committee on International Activities (SCIA).



May 20, 2021: Deadline for applicants to register for a Fluxx account.

June 3, 2021: Full Application Deadline. Applicants (not ORS) submit the proposal on agency’s portal. SFU Signature Sheet and a copy of the application due to no later than 3 business days prior to the deadline.

Upcoming Deadlines