Gates Foundation Invites Innovative Health and Agricultural Proposals for Grand Challenges Explorations Initiative
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting proposals for Round 8 of its Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million grant initiative designed to encourage innovation in global health and development research.
The program provides initial grants of $100,000 to scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs from around the world who are pursuing unconventional ideas that could transform health and agricultural development in the world’s poorest countries.
Topics of investigation in this funding round include protecting crops from biotic stresses from field to market; exploring nutrition to promote the healthy growth of infants and children; applying synthetic biology to global health challenges; designing new approaches to the optimization of immunization systems; and exploring new solutions in global health priority areas.
To help uncover new ideas, the Grand Challenges initiative seeks to involve innovators around the world, including researchers who do not typically work in global health and development; those with innovative ideas applicable to Africa, Asia, and other parts of the developing world; people working in the private sector; and young investigators. The program is open to any individual working in any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization — colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies.
The program’s proposal process is designed to make it easy to apply. The initiative uses a streamlined, straightforward, online grantmaking process. Applications are two pages, and preliminary data about the proposed research are not required. The Gates Foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the most innovative proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately four months from the proposal submission deadline. Initial grants will be $100,000 each. Projects showing success will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to $1 million over two years.
Visit the Grand Challenges Web site for complete program guidelines and the application form.
Open to All Disciplines: Anyone Can Apply
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