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The Movember Foundation Challenges Canadians -- How Do We Get Men to Do Things Differently?

$1.5 M in Funding Available to Create Change in Men's Health 

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 26, 2014) - Today the Movember Foundation announced the Canadian Men's Health and Wellbeing Innovation Challenge. A grassroots funding approach, which asks Canadians to submit their creative and innovative ideas that not only disrupt long held assumptions about men's health but get men to take action and do things differently. $1.5 M has been made available with maximum of $150K over 2 years for each project.

"This is a completely new funding approach, and we are very excited to be giving Canadians the opportunity to make a difference," said Clare Shann, Global Mental Health Lead, Movember Foundation. "We are looking for alternative ways to get men to take interest in their own health and ultimately take action to live healthier lives."

"Many of us have sat down to dinner with someone who has ideas that can make the world a better place," said Pete Bombaci, Canadian Country Director, Movember Foundation. "The Canadian Men's Health and Wellbeing Innovation Challenge will give people from coast to coast a chance to realize those ideas and in turn, make an impact on men's health."

Drawing on positive elements of masculinity, project ideas should be developed from the male perspective and provide solutions that have potential for quick implementation, with a focus to either:

  • Engage men in healthier behaviour patterns
  • Encourage men to take action early when experiencing symptoms of poor health
  • Focus on health promotion including prevention of illness, social and environmental determinants that contribute to poor health decisions or outcomes

There is a two-step process for interested applicants:

  • Register and submit a 1 page Innovation statement telling us about your idea online by Thursday June 26th, 2014 5:00 pm EDT
  • Selected applicants will be notified in early July and asked to pitch their idea in a 3-5 minute video by Monday August 11, 2014 5:00 pm EDT

To register an online submission please visit

For more details on our Innovation Challenge click here.

To learn more about Movember funded programs please visit the report cards in our programs index.

About the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is an independent, global men's health charity with a vision to have an everlasting impact on the face of men's health. Operating in 21 countries, the Foundation is committed to driving significant improvements for men's health issues -- prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. The organizational goals are achieved globally through strategic funding of research and health programs directly through the Foundation and via men's health partners. The Foundation is dependent upon funds raised through its annual awareness campaign. During November each year, the Movember campaign is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days and through their actions prompt conversations around issue of men's health. For more information please visit Movember is a registered charity in Canada -- BN 848215604 RR0001.

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