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Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities

New Grand Challenges Explorations Topics


Dear colleagues,

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 8 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development 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 November 17, 2011 on the following topics:

  • NEW – Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses From Field to Market 
  • NEW – Design new approaches to optimize immunization systems 
  • NEW – Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas 
  • Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children 
  • Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges

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:

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.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation