Humanitarian Grand Challenge

Requests For Proposals

Round 2 Applications CLOSED

The second round request for proposals for the Humanitarian Grand Challenge is now closed. Thank you to all those that applied!

Details for round 3 will be posted early 2020.

Further details about our application review process can be found here.

To access the online application form, applicants must first create an account using the following link:

Once you have created an account, please allow up to one (1) business day for Grand Challenges Canada to process your account request. Once your information has been processed, you will be emailed login credentials to access the Portal to submit your application


Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge seeks life-saving or life-improving innovations to help the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people impacted by humanitarian crises caused by conflict. These innovations will involve a connection to the private sector and input from affected communities in order to provide, supply, or locally generate safe drinking water and sanitation, energy, life-saving information, or health supplies and services to help conflict-affected people.

Why a Humanitarian Grand Challenge?

Grand challenges bring global attention and resources to specific, well-defined international problems and promote innovative approaches to solving them. Grand challenges are about more than sourcing new promising innovations – they are about scaling the solutions that are proven to work. Achieving this requires a holistic approach where we address critical barriers to market growth and expansion.

Key Focus Areas

Safe Water and Sanitation: We are looking for bold ideas, technologies, processes and approaches that enable rapid provision of safe water and safe disposal of waste and sewage in the most vulnerable households and/or enable implementers to rapidly scale up programs.

​Energy: We are looking for bold ideas to generate energy. We are particularly interested in alternative energy solutions that are possible to set up and maintain in conflict situations, and that power life-saving and life-improving services such as health, information, water and sanitation, and education.

Life-Saving Information: We are looking for bold ideas that use and improve access to information and data to increase the impact of humanitarian assistance at the local level as well as enable more effective connections between affected populations and humanitarian actors.

Health Products and Services: We are looking for bold ideas that enable non-experts to provide quality care; empower skilled staff who choose to work in conflict zones; allow faster or less costly importation and distribution of quality essential health supplies in conflict zones; and enable affected communities to manufacture necessary high quality and safe supplies, or sterilize and reuse them.

Round 1 RFP Archives

Below you will find the RFP for Round 1 of the Humanitarian Grand Challenge, which was issued in February 2018. These RFPs are now closed, however we retain them for reference, so that future applicants may use them as a resource, in planning for the Round 2 RFP in May 2019.

The RFPs are offered in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Swahili, and are accompanied by a Frequently Asked Questions document.