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Funding opportunities for contraceptive research & development

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

We are not aware of current requests for proposals focused on contraceptive R&D, but keep an eye out for funding opportunities on their website.

The Catalytic Opportunity Fund

The Catalytic Opportunity Fund (COF) for new and lesser-used reproductive health (RH) products is a funding opportunity administered by the Clinton Health Access Initiative with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). The fund provides short-term grants to fund catalytic activities that support introduction or scale-up of reproductive health products including for DMPA-SC and the hormonal IUD. The COF is a flexible pool of funds. You can learn more about the various funding streams, eligibility, supported countries, and application requirements here. Please contact the COF team if you have any questions.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Search for funding here.

Current opportunities:

  • RFA-HD-22-019: User-Based Design to Aid in Contraceptive Development by Small Business (R43 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

  • “The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite SBIR applications to study/identify characteristics that inform acceptability, desirability, and excitement of potential end-users of novel contraceptive products currently in the development pipeline for both men and women.”

  • Earliest submission date: June 29, 2021

  • Applications due: July 29, 2021

  • Letters of intent due 30 days prior

  • RFA-HD-22-003: Contraception Development Research Center Program (P50, Clinical Trial Optional)

  • The primary purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support and facilitate multidisciplinary approaches towards the development of new and/or improved contraceptive methods for both men and women through the formation of a Contraceptive Research Development Center.”

  • Applications due: November 29, 2021

  • Letters of intent due 30 days prior

Male Contraceptive Initiative

Search for funding opportunities here.


Current opportunities:

The Research Council of Norway

No current requests for proposals, but keep an eye out for calls for proposals on their website.

South African Medical Research Council

No current requests for proposals, but keep an eye out for calls for scholarships and research grant funding on their website.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Follow updates on the UNFPA procurement services page or via twitter; or search the United Nations Global Market site for open tenders here.


Current opportunities:

  • Research Reports for Eco-Friendly Condoms

  • “UNFPA has identified the project on development of eco-friendly condoms as one of the initiatives towards the overall endeavors towards Sustainable Development...UNFPA envisages to partner with agencies in the field of development and manufacture of condoms and their packaging, such as potential/actual suppliers, experts, research organizations, testing laboratories, logistics service providers, waste management agencies, regulatory agencies, academia and other related stakeholders in this area."

  • Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2021 at 17:00 (Copenhagen time)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Search for funding opportunities via grants.gov.


Current opportunities:

  • SOL-OAA-13-000024: Family Planning and Reproductive Health Methods APS

  • “The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking concept papers from qualified U.S. non profit non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for a program titled “Family Planning and Reproductive Health Methods to Address Unmet Need” for funding of Cooperative Agreements. The purpose of this APS is to support the research, development, and introduction of technologies and approaches that better meet the needs of women and girls as their sexual and reproductive health concerns change over time.”

  • No funding rounds currently open but follow the link for updates

  • Current closing date for the APS: January 14, 2023

Interested in who funds contraceptive R&D? Check out the 2020 G-FINDER Sexual & Reproductive Health report from Policy Cures Research and explore the data behind the report.

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