The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it is now accepting proposals for Round 4 of Grand Challenges Explorations, “an initiative to encourage bold and unconventional research on new global health solutions.” Proposals are being accepted through November 2, 2009. The program “offers scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs the chance to earn $100,000 grants to further their work,” with projects showing success having an opportunity to receive additional funding up to US$1 million. The topic areas for which proposals are being accepted for this round are:
– Create New Ways to Protect Against Infectious Disease;
– Create New Technologies for Contraception;
– Create New Ways to Induce and Measure Mucosal Immunity;
– Create Low-Cost Diagnostics for Priority Global Health Conditions.
Gates said that one of the primary objectives of Grand Challenges Explorations is “to involve scientists around the world who do not typically work in the health field and may have never applied for a grant before. This includes those with innovative ideas in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the developing world; people working in the private sector; and young investigators.” Full descriptions of the topic areas and the online application tool are available at the Grand Challenges in Global Health web site.