Eligible Candidates for Gate Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations Round 16 (Funds of USD 1 Million)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is currently accepting ideas/proposals for its 16th round of Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE).

Eligibility Criteria

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  • The grant program is open to both foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, international organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. Individuals & organizations classified as individuals for US tax purposes are not eligible to receive an award as part of the GCE initiative from the foundation.
  • Applicants must provide information regarding their tax status and other information about their organization.
  • Applicants planning to conduct project activities in India may be required to register with the Ministry of Home Affairs under FCRA.
  • There is no geographical restriction for applicants. Applications are invited from both private and public organizations.
  • Scientists worldwide affiliated with any organization are encouraged to submit their ideas.
  • The proposal must demonstrate an innovative approach that complies with all restrictions and guidelines for the topic which you are applying. The foundation only funds projects responsive to the topics included in each round.

Application Process

Please download the Application Form for specific instructions on the format and content of your application.  All proposals must be written in English.

For more information about the Grand Challenge Exploration round 16, please visit GCE Round 16.

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  1. Avatar Kabale Benon says

    Please could you guide me on how to access the application form for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation- Grand Challenges Explorations Round 16: Submit your Innovative Health Ideas for Funds of up to US$100,000

    • Avatar Rashmi Kanti says

      Hello Kabale,
      This is a compilation of different grand challenges explorations round 16 announced by Gates Foundation. The articles are connected via Next>> <