Dear Colleague,

We are excited to share the news about a particularly diverse set of grant opportunities across Grand Challenges initiatives open now from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other Grand Challenges funders. These opportunities are described in a blog and listed below.

Grand Challenges Explorations grant opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the next round of Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) for the following three challenges (application deadline is May 2, 2018):

GCE grants have already been awarded to more than 1300 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants are for USD $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD $1 million. Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development challenges. Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Grand Challenges grant opportunities

Blog series on innovation: Trevor Mundel, the Gates Foundation’s President of Global Health, recently published two new blogs in his series on innovation, one on metabolic markers for gestational age assessment and one on surveying nutrient levels in breastmilk.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world on the open grant opportunities listed above. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who has a great idea, please forward this message. And we invite you to explore an interactive world map of ideas funded to date across the global Grand Challenges network.

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

The Grand Challenges Team

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Questions or additional information, please contact Aaron Shonk,  Director of Foundation Services.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Date Open: 
Monday, September 11, 2017
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