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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation provides funding for project activities in Global Health and Development by harnessing advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries.

Global Health Program:

Topics include: Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases: Working to develop and deliver low-cost interventions that prevent and treat diarrhea-related illness in the developing world. Family Planning: Improving health and saving lives by providing families access to voluntary family planning services and contraceptives. HIV: Aiming to reduce new HIV infections by delivering proven prevention tools and strategies and advancing research and development on new prevention technologies. Malaria: Making headway towards the eventual goal of malaria eradication with proven control programs and promising new research. Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health: Advancing the use of practical tools and strategies to reduce the number of mothers and newborns that die during and immediately after childbirth. Neglected and Other Infectious Diseases: Working to reduce the burden of neglected diseases, such as guinea worm and river blindness. Nutrition: Preventing malnutrition in young children to ensure proper physical and cognitive growth and improve disease resistance. Pneumonia: Significantly reducing the number of children in developing countries who contract pneumonia by improving access to affordable vaccines. Polio: Exploring every avenue to help eradicate polio with partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Tobacco: Reducing the occurrence of tobacco-related disease in developing countries by accelerating the adoption of strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco use. Tuberculosis: Developing and introducing new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat tuberculosis. Vaccines: Focusing on the discovery, development, and delivery of vaccines, which offer the greatest and most cost-effective ways to prevent disease.

To submit a Letter of Intent (unsolicited) to the Gates Foundation in one of the above topics, please review the application instructions HERE.

Grand Challenges Explorations:        

Grand Challenges Explorations fosters innovation in global health research. The Gates Foundation has committed $100 million USD to encourage scientists worldwide to expand the pipeline of ideas to fight the greatest health challenges.

The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline, from students to tenured professors. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page applications and no preliminary data required. Applications are submitted online, and winning grants are chosen approximately 4 months from the submission deadline. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.

 For more information on this program, please click HERE.