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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Rewards 76 New Ideas to Fight Infectious Disease
Date:10/20/2009

Scientists from Africa and Europe selected for their unconventional projects to accelerate the eradication of malaria, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases

ARUSHA, Tanzania, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced 76 grants of US$100,000 each to pursue bold ideas for transforming health in developing countries. The grants support researchers across 16 countries, including nine in Europe and Africa with ideas as diverse as using the power of sunlight to kill malaria-causing mosquito larvae and developing a device that repels mosquitoes without insecticides.

"Some of the biggest stumbling blocks in global health are now being overcome with promising new vaccines and treatments," said Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of the Gates Foundation's Global Health Program. "Grand Challenges Explorations will continue to fill the pipeline with possibilities and hopefully produce a breakthrough idea that could save untold numbers of lives."

This marks the third round of the foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations initiative to expand the pipeline of ideas for improving global health. To date, 262 researchers representing 30 countries have been awarded Grand Challenges Explorations grants.

In total, 76 grantees from round 3 were selected from almost 3,000 proposals. All levels of scientists are represented - from young post-graduate investigators to veteran researchers - as are a wide range of disciplines, such as chemistry, bioengineering, electronics, mechanical engineering, infectious disease, and epidemiology. This year's European and African grantees are based at universities, research institutes, nonprofit organizations, and private companies in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Examples of newly-funded projects include:

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