The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting proposals for the latest round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. Applications on the following six topics will be accepted until Wednesday, November 14, 2018 11:30 am PST:
The foundation is inviting all who have applied to Grand Challenges Explorations over its 10-year history to fill out a short survey. This survey was sent on August 2 from their research partner, the National Business Research Institute (NBRI), and they say thank you to the 5,000 people who have already responded. They will be resending the survey to those who have not yet responded. With the initiative, the foundation hopes to learn as comprehensively as possible what direct and indirect impact the initiative has had, whether the proposal was funded by the Gates Foundation or not – and they expect to identify ways they can improve this way of seeking and funding great ideas from all over the world.
Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grants have already been awarded to almost 1,400 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.
The Gates Foundation invites you to read summaries of the GCE grants funded to date and to explore an interactive world map of projects across the global Grand Challenges funding partner network. They look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who has a great idea, please forward this message.
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