Grand Challenges Explorations: share your great idea

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations has invited entries for a USD100 million grant initiative encouraging innovation in global health and development research.  

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced t that it is accepting applications for Round 10 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a USD100 million grant initiative encouraging innovation in global health and development research. 

Anyone with a transformative idea is invited to submit an easy, online, two page application.

Proposals are being accepted at www.grandchallenges.org/explorations/through November 7, 2012. Applicants from Africa, Asia, and the developing world are encouraged to apply.

Topics for Grand Challenges Explorations Round 10:

  • Aid is Working, Tell the World (Part 2)  (in partnership with Cannes Lions )
  • Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers (new!)
  • New Approaches in Model Systems, Diagnostics, and Drugs for Specific Neglected Tropical Diseases (new!)
  • New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-Malarial Compounds

 “Bold thinking from the world’s innovators can address health and development challenges and make a big difference in the lives of those most in need,” said Chris Wilson, Director of Global Health Discovery & Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  “We seek pioneering proposals that have the potential to improve the lives of millions.”

The Gates Foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the most innovative proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately five months from the proposal submission deadline. Initial grants will be USD100,000 each. Projects demonstrating potential will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to USD1 million.

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