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.
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.
Grand Challenges Explorations Round 2016 Topics
- Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
- Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data
- Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
- 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.
- Application Deadline: 11 November 2015
- Proposal review completed: February 2016
- Selections completed & notifications sent: May 2016
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