21 Feb 2019

Innovative Small Grants Program — Request For Proposals

Deadline: 31 May 2019

For the year 2019 the Child Health Foundation (CHF) wishes to receive proposals from registered non-governmental organizations (NGO)s) for innovative research or innovative service projects directed at improving the health and well-being of new-born infants during their first month of life.  This is a time of high risk for babies and their mothers, and we believe that local groups may have some innovative ideas about how to improve the lives of these vulnerable infants.  The maximum budget for these projects is $5,000 over a one year period.  Successful applications receive $4,000 when the project is scheduled to start and another $1,000 upon receipt of a final report. Organizations must be certified, that is, hold registration in the country of origin. And we will ask for a credible reference. To save time and money for yourselves and us, please do not include certificates of registration, recommendations, annual reports, or photos until they are requested. No other proposals will be considered.

CHF will consider a range of technologies and approaches including both biomedical and social science projects that show promise, are innovative, and may have wide-spread application. Projects that involve only general medical care of children, but without innovative aspects, will not be considered.

Please note:  In the past, CHF has invited a letter of intent to be submitted first.  Among these letters, some were invited to submit a full application.  For 2019, CHF is not inviting a letter of intent; rather, applicants should submit the full proposal directly.                         

Background
New biomedical and social technologies have led to the development or successful application of products and approaches that can be used globally. These products and innovative approaches have brought dramatic improvements in infant and child health over the past 50 years. For example, oral rehydration therapy (ORT) for diarrhea, treatment for pneumonia, vaccinations for children, vitamin A, and others have all contributed to a steady improvement in children’s health and survival.  Each of these interventions were based on a solid foundation of research. The Child Health Foundation has especially supported efforts on prevention and treatment of diarrheal diseases in children since this was an area which was underfunded.  This year, the focus will be directed toward improving the lives of infants during the first month of life.  The first month is a time when the infant is most vulnerable, and CHF believes that small innovative projects can make a major impact on child health in diverse settings.

The projects should be done within one year and should be able to document measurable results. The projects may address child health issues in a developing country or in the United States. Budgets should not exceed US$5,000.

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