Request Fo Proposal 2013 - SiB: to Support Innovation in eye Health

Posted by Shofi Fida Tuesday, June 4, 2013 0 comments
Closing Date: July 22,2013.

Seeing is Believing is a collaboration between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to tackle avoidable blindness. We believe that there is a role for funders in enabling and incentivising innovation.

The SiB Innovation Fund aims to fund projects that develop and test ideas, new technology or operating models for delivering eye care with the potential for high impact or even systemic change. The fund is prepared to target projects with a higher degree of uncertainty around the outcome than traditional grant funding in order to allow space for organizations or individuals to experiment with new ideas and approaches that have the potential to become viable new, cost-effective approaches to helping tackle avoidable blindness.

The SiB Innovation Fund will seek applications on an annual basis over the next three years, starting in 2013. 

The SiB Innovation Fund will be award grant funding to those projects that can clearly demonstrate one or more of the following areas of innovation:
1)    Technology - The use of new technology, or existing technology in a new way, to improve delivery or access to eye care, or that is focused on enabling blind/visually impaired people to be more independent;
2)    Information education communication - New approaches to stimulating demand for eye care services and building awareness of avoidable blindness and eye care in communities and improving eye health seeking behaviour
3) Value for money - Initiatives to dramatically reduce the cost of eye care delivery (e.g. service mechanisms or equipment);
4)   Sustainability - Experimentation in developing more sustainable models of eye care provision, including entrepreneurial modes of delivery or new forms of partnership between actors that have not traditionally worked together;
5)  Primary Eye Care and Community Care - Innovative ways of incorporating actors operating in the informal health system into the formal eye care system in order to expand the reach of eye care delivery and /or improve quality of care for patients, especially at the primary eye care level;
6) Capacity Building - Development of new training or capacity-building techniques/products (e.g. for human resources) with potential to bring about major improvements to cost-efficacy, improved clinical/patient outcomes or increased sustainability;
7)  Reaching remote populations - New delivery models/approaches capable of dramatically increasing access to eye care for remote populations;
8)    Action research - Research that has clear, actionable conclusions or recommendations with the potential to make significant improvements to the practical delivery of VISION2020. 

The SiB Innovation Fund is open to applications from:
  • Non-governmental, not-for-profit groups (NGOs)
  • Blindness/Disability Organisations (focused on the technology category stated above)
  • Academic institutions and Universities
  • Research organisations
  • Private sector companies (e.g. technology companies)
  • Independent individuals (subject to the provision of two references from a reputed institution or organisation and a 5% funding commitment). Successful “Individual” applicants may be subject to a credit check.
  • Applicants do not have to be registered charities.
Grant Limits:
The SiB Innovation Fund will seek applications on an annual basis over the next three years, starting in 2013. Total available funding available in each tranche will be US$ 1,000,000.00. The 2013 Tranche is open for applications.
Project funding will vary depending on stage of development (see Section 2 above for full description).
Stage 1 applications: Maximum grant will be US$ 50,000.00
Stage 2 applications: Maximum grant will be US$ 200,000.00 

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