Deadline: Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Application Announcement Date | 9 October 2023, 1200hrs East Africa Time (EAT)
Submission of Request for Proposals Close Date | 7 November 2023, 1700hrs East Africa Time (EAT)
The funding level is a grant of up to USD $100,000.00, for each project, provided to the organisation, with a term of up to 12 months.
For any questions or clarifications kindly send an email to [email protected]. Responses will be shared on Monday – Friday from 0800 hrs – 1700 hrs EAT.
How to Apply
Applications should be submitted via the SFA Foundation’s Grant Management System - Agaseke accessed here: https://agaseke.scienceforafrica.foundation/Login.aspx
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has significant potential to transform healthcare around the world. But as AI technology continues to advance, there is an urgent need to position low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to lead the design and co-creation of AI-enabled technologies – thereby helping to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and vulnerable communities. Through this call for proposal, we are emphasizing AI solutions that are locally driven and owned hence more relevant to address the needs of people they intend to serve and more likely to be accepted and used by local communities.
Responsible global use of AI entails a safe, equitable, transparent, reliable, and beneficial process that is adhered to with a high level of accountability. As the world rapidly moves to seize AI's opportunities, it is imperative to monitor and mitigate the safety, ethical, equity, and reliability dimensions of AI deployment. This will allow the enormous resilience, creativity, and commitment of researchers, scientists, and policymakers to capture the full capability of AI for lasting good.
Grand Challenges (GC) partners including GC Brazil, GC Ethiopia, GC India, GC Senegal, GC South Africa, and GC Africa (pan-African), along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, and the Pasteur Network, have jointly discussed the need for an equitable and responsible approach to the use of AI and specifically Large Language Models (LLMs) in LMICs. This call by the various GC partners is a follow-up to the initial call by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation representing collaborative steps towards identifying, nurturing, and catalyzing the creativity, energy, and skills that researchers, implementers, governments, and technical partners have demonstrated in solving specific challenges in their countries and regions through LLMs. We are optimistic that this family of related AI RFPs will provide a platform for potentially transformative solutions to improve the lives and conditions of numerous vulnerable communities.
Note that this request for proposals is being launched by six Grand Challenges partners: African researchers located in Ethiopia, Senegal, and South Africa, should apply through the corresponding country-specific Grand Challenges portal; African researchers located in all other African countries should apply through the Grand Challenges Africa portal; Brazilian researchers located in Brazilian organisations should apply through the Grand Challenges Brazil portal; and Indian researchers located in Indian organizations should apply through the Grand Challenges India portal.
Eligible Pasteur Network sites located in Africa should apply through Grand Challenges Africa and Pasteur Network sites located in Brazil should apply through Grand Challenges Brazil. All other eligible Pasteur Network sites (not located in Africa or Brazil) should apply through Grand Challenges Senegal. Please consult the information provided in the subsection referencing geography of interest on the linked partner site to ensure that your application fits the requirements of the RFP you are applying to.
This RFP seeks innovative approaches to the use of LLMs (such as ChatGPT-4, or other credible sources with equivalent capability) to advance global public health. Given the numerous open and non-open-source AI tools, we encourage/expect the applicant to select the tool most appropriate to their use case and context.
We are looking for projects that seek to solve problems in the following areas:
Clinical Decision Support
Population Health and Policymaking
Support for Frontline Health Workers
Health Communications and Patient Journeys
Health Systems Strengthening
Ideally, the proposal will:
Priority will be given to proposals that have:
The funding level is a grant of up to USD $100,000.00, for each project, provided to the organization, with a term of up to 12 months. ii The geography of interest for this proposal is Africa, and the project needs to be led by investigators in this geography. Global partners may be included, but proposals must demonstrate at least 80% of the funding is going to an organization within the geography of interest. Application budgets should be commensurate with the scope of work proposed.
What we are looking for:
We will not consider funding for proposals that: