Request for Proposals

About OPTions

The goal of the OPTions Initiative is to support Bold Ideas with Big Impact.® We seek innovative and transformative approaches that put women and girls in control of where, when, and how they terminate their pregnancy in countries where there are one or more legal grounds to support it. Our focus is to support the testing and development of new approaches to increase early access to existing abortion products and services in low- and middle-income countries and next-generation methods of pregnancy termination.

Grant Applications for $250,000

The OPTions Initiative is no longer accepting applications regarding new approaches to increasing early access to existing abortion products and services. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by September 30, 2020. No further submission for this area of focus will be considered. 

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

Innovators from all fields are encouraged to apply with ideas at any stage.

Request for Proposals  

Read our Request for Proposal document for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please review our FAQ document for answers to frequently asked questions.

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Start Your Application 

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Applications on Fluxx Portal

To apply for funding, applicants MUST use the online application provided, which is ONLY accessible via the Grand Challenges Canada’s Fluxx Portal. 

For more details on the FLUXX Portal application process please see the FLUXX Quick Reference Guide.

Archived Request for Proposals 

To view archived Request for Proposals and proposal examples, click here.

Further Questions and Technical Assistance

For questions related to this Request for Proposals that are not addressed in the FAQ, contact info@optionsinitiative.org

If you require technical assistance with registration or the online application, contact Grand Challenges Canada’s Fluxx Technical Support Team at www.grandchallenges.ca/fluxxsupport/.