Consider Grand Challenges From the Gates Foundation

Funding News Edition: April 05, 2017
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If you’re working on NIAID-related topics, check out new Grand Challenges Explorations grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Open to applicants from all disciplines and organizations, these awards support innovative early-stage projects in global health and development. 

Initial grants provide $100,000 in direct costs over an 18-month project period. If your project shows promise, you may pursue follow-up funding of up to $1 million in total costs over a two-year period.

To apply for a grant in Round 19 of this program, submit a two-page proposal by May 3, 2017. 

Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings

Through this challenge, the Gates Foundation seeks to increase the rate at which people in low-resource settings, including remote and nomadic populations, receive immunizations at recommended intervals. Related objectives include reducing missed opportunities for vaccination and documenting the timeliness of vaccination. 

In your application, detail the design of your innovation and a plan for evaluating it using established metrics. Consult New Approaches for Improving Timeliness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings for further information.

Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems

This challenge solicits proposals for technological and process enhancements to existing integrated laboratory networks in developing areas. Proposed innovations must offer cost savings and increased efficiency to the overall system, including sample collection, local testing, specimen transport for centralized processing, and return of test results. Early-stage feasibility studies are encouraged.

Read Innovations for Integrated Diagnostics Systems for additional requirements and a list of approaches that will not be considered for funding.

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For application instructions and descriptions of other challenges now soliciting proposals, see Grand Challenges Explorations.

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