Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- Grand Challenges Explorations Round 16: Submit your Innovative Health Ideas for Funds of up to US$100,000

Deadline: 11 November 2015

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently accepting ideas/proposals for its Grand Challenges Explorations Round 16 in different topics. Anyone from any country and in any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization – colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies can submit their ideas for the challenge.

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The Grand Challenges Explorations is an extension of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative with a focus on encouraging innovation in global health and development research. The Grand Challenges Explorations program mainly targets projects that are at an earlier stage of discovery.

The GCE initiative funds innovative ideas that could lead to new vaccines, diagnostics, drugs and other technologies targeting diseases that claim millions of lives every year as well as improvements and innovations in agriculture development and other priority areas of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

To date, the foundation has committed over half a billion dollars to support hundred of projects on topics such as making childhood vaccines easier to use in poor countries and creating new ways to control insects that spread diseases.

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Grand Challenges Explorations Round 2016 Topics

  1. Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
  2. Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data
  3. Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
  4. Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance

Grand Challenges Explorations Grants

Phase I grants will be for $100,000 USD for a grant period of 18 months. Phase I projects that show promise will be eligible to apply for follow-on grant of up to $1,00,000 USD in Phase II.

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Key Dates

  • Application Deadline: 11 November 2015
  • Proposal review completed: February 2016
  • Selections completed & notifications sent: May 2016

To read about the eligibility criteria & application process, please click Next.



  1. Avatar andrew kasaine says

    Hi am pleased you have many donors who fund organizations do you have those that fund disability organizations?

  2. Avatar jonathan Mwansa says

    my concern is that the international funders always have a negative attitudes t up coming organizations or small organization when it comes to funding them, they always lookup to those that here established way back. in my case im still struggling o get funds. my organization is dealing with skills development, economical empowerment through t grower schemes up to now it been promises and sometimes they wll tell to work with already existing organization and thy re not willing. how do we get that funding?

  3. Avatar CAMARA N'FANLY says

    I am very pleased to say that we are very interested to cooperate with
    your organization in sustainable development sectors
    possibly in the Humanitarian and Social sectors of
    Development, Renewable Energy, Water Education,
    Sanitation, Environment, Health, Agriculture sectors, placed
    under the sign of Sustainable Development that your institution
    operates. Please help us with the funds!
    Republic of Guinea
    West Africa

    • Avatar Rashmi Kanti says

      Hello Camara,
      We are not a funding organization, we provide you fundraising guides and inform you on the latest funding opportunities to help your organization apply for the relevant opportunity and secure grants. So, we can’t provide the funding support. Please make use of our vast resources and make your project sustainable.
      For latest funding opportunities in your country, please visit
      Thank you!

  4. Avatar lalita jaswal says


    • Avatar Rashmi Kanti says

      Hello Lalita,
      Please visit the link given on the last line of the last article by clicking Next. The link will take you to the official website of Gates foundation where you can inquire regarding Gates foundation’s funds in different areas.
      Thank you!

  5. Avatar Bishnu K. Gyawali says

    Dear Sir /Madam,
    For your kind information I did little research in the past for a period of 33 yrs. on chemical based technology specially on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). When I realized problem in health, environment and biodiversity of beneficial organisms. I tried to do research on alternative to chemicals for the last 14 years in Nepal and the results seems to be encouraging. This is the reason , I wanted to continue my effort in “Technology generation, Capacity building and Technology dissemination in one District of Nepal.
    Due to the National disaster, earthquake (EQ) in Nepal, our ongoing all research activities were disrupted. We need financial support to restart the research work. Looking forward for your suggestions.
    Sincerely yours

    – Bishnu K. Gyawali

  6. Avatar Nrusinha charan padhy says

    Esteemed Sir/Madam,
    With due pleasure,to your kind information that CCIS welfare organaisation already working for poor needy peoples
    rural sector of the orissa state in india.At present it has already been implementing its health related programme .
    In the aspect of health project orissa state in india maintain a deplorably low status in comparison with other state in
    india.Out of the total population of orissa,87% are below poverty line,and 35% are illiterate.
    Its intervention has facilitated to avail healthcare to leprosy, HIV infected patients.,
    T.B patients,Antenatal mothers and the like to get immediate medical attention along with imparting health awareness
    in general at grampanchyat/block/district level in orissa state.
    Your Excellency ! The CCIS W.O humbly request you to please help/support for health related funds.

  7. Avatar Maruti Koli says

    Respected Sir,

    Our brief introduction – We have group of JAT TALUKA BAHUJAN SHIKSHAN PRASARAK MANDAL, JAT TQ JAT DIST.-SANGLI. Jath having eleven Trustees Running a hospital & education for poor & needy people’s specially all poor & needy peoples of free of cost giving treatment. We are last 5 years severed in our Jath Taluka rural area. In this survey following problems fund like a female problems they are very anemic poor due to maternal mortality is high also child health problems are much more specially protein claries malnutrition (PCM). & General Problem’s : We are also treating general diseases like, a waterborne diseases & other problems.

    Our Aim : To all maternal mortality & child health care & sexually transmitted disease. Also all general diseases.

    Request to you please donate same donation fund we will help to poor people’s health & education purpose. Due this area is rural area income per person Rs 300 (Total Family members 5 ) Hence fund not available.

  8. Avatar John Kossam says

    Hi Friend,

    I am from Papua New Guinea an island in the Pacific, I have seen in my community there is many people infected with HIV/AIDS. I have registered an NGO to minimise these HIV issues. Why so many communities are infected is because they do not know the basic of HIV/AIDS and where to get help. I am thinking of mobilising communities and introduce basic HIV trainings and introduce referral pathways to the bulk of the communities. Can you help link me to donors who can help to minimise HIV in the Pacific.

    Can you help me how to go about minimising these HIV issues in my community in the Papua New Guinea pls.

    Thankyou greetings from Papua New Guinea.

    John Kossam

  9. Avatar Sajid Khan says

    Emotional Health Apps Startup is Developing Apps that Replace Mind Ed. to Teach Wisdom With Brain Therapy to Create Emotional Health. Wise Parenting & Emotional Health Apps are Live
    The 4th R Foundation is a non-profit education research foundation that researches wisdom, humbleness, informal/emotional intelligence education, human nature, brain, mind, conscientiousness, self, humbleness, wisdom, life coaching, adult reeducation, shyness, self-image, emotional brain baggage etc.
    Please help us with the funds!

    • Avatar Rashmi Kanti says

      Hi Sajid,
      Your Project sounds great!
      Please check if your innovative health idea comes under Gates Foundation’s Grand challenges topic areas. If yes, you can proceed with your funding application! The link to the official website is given on the last line of the last article.
      Thank you!