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Functional Circulation LLC Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development
Date:5/14/2012

NORTHBROOK, Ill., May 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Functional Circulation LLC announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Functional Circulation CEO John Brassil and colleagues will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled "Smart Bowl Conveys Cassava to Market with Pest Control."

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. Brassil's project is one of over 100 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 8 grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

"Grand Challenges Explorations encourages individuals worldwide to expand the pipeline of ideas where creative, unorthodox thinking is most urgently needed," said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery and Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "We're excited to provide additional funding for select grantees so that they can continue to advance their idea towards global impact."

To receive funding, Brassil and other Grand Challenges Explorations Round 8 winners demonstrated in a two-page online application a bold idea in one of five critical global heath and development topic areas that included agriculture development, immunization and nutrition. Applications for the current open round, Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9, will be accepted through May 15, 2012.  <
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