The Global Health and Artificial Intelligence Network in the Middle East and North Africa region (GHAIN MENA) is launching an open call for proposals for research projects submissions from institutions/ individuals in the MENA region. Following a thorough selection process, six (6) successful applicants will be awarded sub-grants issued by the Global Health Institute (GHI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) to implement their proposed projects for a duration of up to 18 months.


Submitted proposals should focus on responsible AI-based digital interventions that support at least one of the following priority areas:

  • Improving Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health (SRMH) outcomes
  • Promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Enhancing access to and quality of Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health (SRMH) services in primary healthcare settings
  • Addressing gender-based violence

  • Advocating for and supporting family planning
  • Fostering partner involvement
  • Enhancing the professional development and building the capacity of healthcare providers (HCPs) in areas related to Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health (SRMH)


Proposals should fall under one of these tracks:

Research Track

This track supports exploratory research studies that aim to generate evidence on the effectiveness of proposed responsible AI-based digital health interventions targeting at least one of the priority areas stated above.

Innovation Track

This track supports the development, testing, and scaling of innovative AI-based solutions that have the potential for long-term impact on at least one of the priority areas stated above. It also entails the use of applied research where a prototype/application/concept already exists and requires advancement. This track may, among many other possibilities, produce a system as an output.


To be eligible to apply to the GHAIN MENA grant, the primary applicant must:

  • Be based in the MENA region or affiliated with an organization based in the MENA region with official legal registration


  • Have a track record of conducting research related to sexual, reproductive, and maternal health and/or artificial intelligence/digital health and/or health systems strengthening 


  • Be affiliated with an academic institution, university, ministry of health, research-oriented think-tank, non-governmental organization (NGO) or any other for profit or not for profit organization with a track record in SRMH or development of AI solutions


  • Be submitting on behalf of a team of co-investigators whose expertise cover both health systems strengthening or SMRH and digital health with a focus on AI


A total of $300,000 is allocated for the GHAIN MENA sub-grants, which will be awarded to six (6) selected projects, with a maximum of $50,000 per project.


To apply to the GHAIN MENA call for proposals, please fill in the application form below. For more details, please download our Call for Proposals .


Selected grantees will be contacted via email by the GHAIN MENA team to initiate the sub-granting process in September 2023.


Deadline to Apply: July 31, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (Beirut time; GMT+3:00).


For inquiries, please contact

  1. Release of Call for Proposals

  2. Deadline to Apply

  3. Announcement of Grantees


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