The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today that it is accepting applications for Round 10 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a USD$100 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.
Grand Challenges Explorations is pleased to have the opportunity to again partner with Cannes Lions on a topic that will identify new ways to communicate the impact of investments that support global development. It includes four specific submission categories for grant seekers. We hope these will solicit unique proposals from innovators around the world that the foundation can support as part of its overall mission to alleviate global poverty.
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 USD$100,000 each. Projects demonstrating potential will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to USD$1 million.
Proposals are being accepted at the Grand Challenges website through November 7, 2012. Applicants from Africa, Asia, and the developing world are encouraged to apply.
Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation