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Grand Challenges Canada



What is a Grand Challenge?

A grand challenge is a specific critical barrier that, if removed, would help solve an important health problem in the developing world, with a high likelihood of global impact through widespread implementation.


“The first grand challenge was introduced over a century ago in Germany, when Dr. David Hilbert issued 23 challenges in mathematics. By doing so, he inspired a generation of mathematicians. His efforts were successful: nearly all of his challenges have been solved. Grand Challenges Canada will bring the same focus and energy to defining and addressing global health issues. Grand Challenges Canada works closely with its Scientific Advisory Board, Board of Directors, and key experts and decision-makers in the area of global health to identify and select Grand Challenges. Grand Challenges Canada’s Board of Directors approves all Grand Challenge topics.”

In 2012, Dr. Robin Evans was named one of Canada’s Rising Stars in Global Health. He was awarded funding from Grand Challenges Canada to further develop the Burn Survival Kit.

Details of the Burn Survival Kit Grand Challenges Canada:


  • Program - Stars in Global Health Round 3
  • Institution - University of British Columbia
  • Institution Country - Canada
  • Implementation Country - Uganda
  • Implementation Region - Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Priority - Physical Disability
  • Platform - Medical Devices, New Models in Health Care Delivery/Health Systems


For more information about Grand Challenges Canada, please visit:

Canada Grand Challenges Website