Open Call for Innovative Approaches to Modeling of Women’s Health Issues: Grant of up to $500,000 USD

Deadline: 16-Dec-2022

Submit applications for Strengthening Modeling and Analytics Capacity and Ecosystem for Women’s Health for innovative approaches to modeling of women’s health issues or of broader health topics that incorporate a gender lens.

The Challenge
They are looking for projects with a 1-to-3-year timeline that will achieve at least one of the objectives:Increase the number of trained modelers, especially women with gender expertise based in low-income and middle-income countriesAchieve a better understanding of issues that disproportionately affect women through modelingImprove engagement with modeling approaches to support strategic planning and/or evaluation workIdeally, proposals should also:Bring together discrete modeling units across low-income and middle-income countries to share expertiseEnable South-South data-centered collaborations, knowledge transfer, and build on & strengthen existing initiatives and ecosystemsFoster innovation with data in the interest of their respective local communities and achieving equality in access to health careImprove data collection, sharing, governance, regulatory compliance, and analysis processes to enable data-centered and gender aware public health research and interventionsExplore and improve how to build and strengthen the interface of modeling with policy engagement leading to increased adoption of insights to yield impact.

Funding Information
The funding level for the Building Data Modeling Capacity for Gender Equality Project is a grant of up to $500,000 USD, provided to the organization, with a term of up to 1-to-3-years. Application budgets should be commensurate with the scope of work proposed.

Eligibility Criteria
Collaborative proposals that are led by investigators in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) – they particularly encourage applications from women-led organizations and applications involving projects led by women
Proposals that have the potential to have impact on addressing women’s health issues within the proposed budget and timeframe of 1-to-3-years
Proposals that are gender intentional or transformative:Gender intentional investments will, through novel modeling and analytical approaches, increase understanding of impact that gender gaps/barriers have across relevant global health fieldsGender transformative investments will, through novel modeling and analytical approaches, increase the understanding of empowerment on reduction of gender gaps/barriers across relevant global health fieldsShould demonstrate that their approach will increase knowledge and understanding of gender barriers in modeling OR Should display how their methodologies would show impact alleviating a known gender gap/issue would have across relevant global health fieldsProposals should also highlight existing expertise around gender and modeling and how it will contribute to both novel methods and expanding the ecosystemProposals that demonstrate enhancement of the data value chain for gender intentional modelling
Proposals that have timely access to necessary data. Focus on improving gender modeling capacity in women’s health in LMICs
Proposals that articulate how the project will lead to impact in the near-term and how those benefits will be sustained past the lifetime of the project
Proposals that demonstrate engagement with local and/or regional decision makers

Proposals that are driven by a shared commitment to open science, data sharing, and building collaboration and analysis infrastructure to enable discoveries that will benefit people everywhere.

Note: Global partners may be included. However, priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate at least 80% of the funding is going to LMIC institutions and where the PI is a part of an LMIC institution.

They will not consider funding for proposals that:Aim to collect and generate new data through this fundingAre not gender intentionalAre not collaborativeDo not focus on women’s health or incorporate a gender lens into broader health topicsDo not engage local and/or regional decision-makers or do not have a plan to do soDo not demonstrate that the work proposed will be led and undertaken by investigators and scientists at institutions based in LMICDo not have timely access to necessary data Do not demonstrate a pathway to decision making that results in sustainable impact on gender equity and women’s health issues.
Do not demonstrate a clear commitment to open science and making their findings, processes and/or tools developed accessible and reusable.
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