New Grand Challenges Explorations topics announced. Gates Foundation seeks proposals for innovative global health solutions.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 7 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Grant proposals are being accepted online until May 19, 2011 on the following topics:

  • Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children
  • Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges
  • The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Innovative Ways to Accelerate, Sustain, and Monitor Eradication
  • Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies
  • Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection
  • Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Solutions for Improved Uptake and Coverage of Childhood Vaccinations


Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/gce/ 

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health challenges.

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. Our Grand Challenges Explorations program fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health challenges. Launched in 2008 with a $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to 405 researchers from 34 countries.

To learn more and apply please go to www.grandchallenges.org/