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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Exploration – Round 16

Deadline: November 11, 2015

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications for Round 16 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, an accelerated grant program that encourages innovative approaches aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. Each round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative awards grants against a set of specific topics. In general, topics are chosen according to three major criteria:

  1. The topic fits within the goals and disease priorities of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  2. The topic contains a roadblock where radical, new thinking is needed for the discovery of an effective health solution
  3. Potential projects within the topic are likely to be well suited for the phased structure of the initiative

The topics for Round 16 include:

  • 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

More information on each topic is available here: http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/grant-opportunities

Amount: Phase I grants will be for $100,000 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 $1,000,000.

Eligibility: 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.

Link: http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/about

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