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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations

Deadline: November 12, 2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications for Round 14 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, which seeks innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing global health and development problems. Topics for Grand Challenges Explorations Round 14 include:

  • Enabling Universal Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments: New solutions that promote the use of mobile phone-based payments by smaller merchants, service providers, and others serving the poor.
  • Reducing Childhood Deaths from Pneumonia: New ways to reduce pneumonia fatalities through timely, effective treatment of children.
  • Reducing Malaria Transmission by Outdoor Mosquitoes: Reduce malaria parasite transmission that occurs by mosquito bites outdoors, which is not addressed by the insecticide treated nets and indoor sprays that are effective in preventing transmission within houses at night.
  • Supporting New Mosquito-control Approaches: New ways to capture and test mosquitoes and grow them in the laboratory to support new approaches for controlling mosquito-borne diseases.
  • Measuring Brain Development and Gestational Age: Better ways to measure cognitive development and gestational age, which are critical for designing and assessing the effectiveness of strategies targeting children’s healthy growth and development.
  • Integrating Community-based Interventions: New ideas for integrating existing mass drug administration platforms for neglected tropic diseases with other community-based health interventions or services, with the goal of increasing the efficiency and impact of both types of programs.

Amount: Grants of $100,000 each will be made. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.

Eligibility: Private and public organizations.

Link: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/ApplicationInstructions.aspx

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