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Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations

Deadline: May 13, 2015

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications for Round 15 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:

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

The topics for Round 15 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
  • Surveillance Tools, Diagnostics and an Artificial Diet to Support New Approaches to Vector Control
  • New Approaches for Addressing Outdoor/Residual Malaria Transmission
  • New Ways to Reduce Childhood Pneumonia Deaths Through Delivery of Timely Effective Treatment
  • Enable Merchant Acceptance of Mobile Money Payments

More information on each topic is available here: http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/TopicsOverview.aspx

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

Eligibility: Private and public organizations may apply.

Link: http://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/Introduction.aspx

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