Seattle, April 2: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that it will spend $100,000 as grants for great ideas to help solve global health challenges.
Announcing the opening of Round 3 of Grand Challenges Explorations, the foundation said the five-year $100 million initiative will encourage bold and unconventional research on new global health solutions.
The researchers have a chance to win $100,000 grants to further their research, a foundation statement said. "We hope to hear from researchers of every age, on every continent, and from disciplines that don’t typically focus on global health or even biomedical research," said Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of the Global Health Program at the Gates Foundation. "History has taught us that innovative ideas can come from anywhere." The initiative uses a streamlined, online grant-making process. Applications are two pages, and preliminary data about the proposed research are not required.
The foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the most innovative proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately three months from the proposal submission deadline. Initial grants will be $100,000 each.
Projects showing success will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to $1 million. Many of the projects that received grants from the first round of Grand Challenges Explorations pursued approaches that challenge conventional wisdom, such as using engineering techniques to enhance the natural human immune system.
The grants from Round 2 will be announced by May 2009. The Grand Challenges Explorations initiative focuses on research areas where creative, unorthodox thinking is most urgently needed.
The topic areas for which proposals will be accepted in this round are:
Creating Low-Cost Diagnostics for Priority Global Health Conditions
Creating New Tools to Accelerate the Eradication of Malaria
Creating New Vaccines for Diarrhea, HIV, Malaria, Pneumonia and Tuberculosis
Creating New Ways to Induce Mucosal Immunity
Proposals are being accepted online at Grand Challenges in Global Health through May 28, 2009.
To help uncover new ideas, Grand Challenges Explorations (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/global-health/Pages/grand-challenges-explorations.aspx) seeks to involve scientists around the world who do not typically work in global health.
Full descriptions of the topic areas and application instructions are available at the Grand Challenges Explorations web site (http://www.grandchallenges.org/explorations)