Stage 1: Seed Partnerships

Up to $350,000 for a maximum 2 years

Solutions-focused research benefits when it grows from a deep understanding of the problem in a specific setting and considers who is affected, how they’re affected, and what else has been done, or is being done, to address the problem. This takes time and coordination, but increases the likelihood that research and ideas turn into practical action that benefit society.




Stage 1 provides seed funding for new and established partnerships to conduct research that deepens understanding of their chosen problem and sets the stage for testing solutions. Successful applicant teams will be able to demonstrate:

  • A demand for the research
  • Collaboration with key stakeholders and end users
  • A clear path towards developing and testing solutions

Seed funding could be used for activities such as strengthening partnerships or engaging additional stakeholders, implementing a community engagement plan, collecting data, or piloting an intervention with a partner. Successful investments will yield a deeper understanding of the problem and a strong equitable partnership ready to test a solution under real conditions.


Our 2022 Stage 1: Seed Partnerships Request for Proposals includes detailed information about our investment process and criteria.