SEATTLE, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today that it is now accepting grant proposals for the first round of Grand Challenges Explorations, a US$100 million initiative to encourage bold and unconventional global health solutions. Proposals will be accepted online at http://www.gcgh.org/explorations through May 30, 2008; applicants must register their intent to submit a proposal by May 15, 2008.
The initiative, the first of its kind for the foundation, uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process. Applications are two pages, and preliminary data about the proposed research are not required. One of the primary objectives of Grand Challenges Explorations is to involve scientists around the world who don't typically work in global health -- this includes innovators in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the developing world; those from complementary disciplines and in the private sector; and young investigators.
The first four topic areas for which proposals will be accepted through
the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative are:
-- Creating new ways to protect against infectious diseases, including
alternatives to traditional vaccination.
-- Creating new drugs and delivery systems to limit the emergence of
resistance from developing in the disease-causing agent.
-- Creating new ways to prevent or cure HIV infection that fall outside
current research on vaccines, antiretroviral drugs, and other
biomedical and behavior-change strategies.
-- Exploring the basis for latency in TB, with the goal of discovering new
ways to identify and eliminate latent infection, and break the cycle of
The foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the
most innovative proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately
three months from
|SOURCE Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation|
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