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Grant Opportunities through the Gates Foundation

Release Date: September 21, 2015
Category: Grant Writing
Author: Amanda H., M.S.

The disease burden in developing countries causes millions of deaths each year. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsors the Challenges in Global Health family of grant programs, designed to address 16 major health challenges through interdisciplinary, inter-sector, and international teams who may have not focused on global health previously.

If your research touches upon one of the myriad areas of global health – including chemistry, engineering, statistics, and business – you may wish to stay informed of these grant opportunities as they are made available. Sign up for email updates on the latest grant opportunities and awards for Grand Challenges in Global Health, Grand Challenges Explorations, and more, and you'll also receive the Grand Challenges newsletter.

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) grants are periodically opened with a specific set of topics to address the latest roadblocks in global health. GCE grants support hundreds of early-stage research projects, with priority given to innovative approaches to developing new vaccines, diagnostics, drugs, nutrition improvements, and other technologies that tackle health challenges in developing countries. These grants are typically awarded to novel, highly collaborative, often international teams that may propose a non-traditional approach to solving these complex challenges. GCE is an excellent funding mechanism for bold, higher risk ideas with broad impact on global health.

GCE grants are initially funded for $100,000, with the opportunity to apply for follow-up funding of up to $1 million if the initial projects are successful. The application is deliberately short (no more than two pages), and the turnaround time is approximately 5 months. Please note, however, that GCE grants are awarded to US and international organizations; individuals are not eligible to receive this award.

The Grand Challenges are divided into several goals and subsequent challenges:

I. Improve Vaccines

  1. Create Effective Single Dose Vaccines That Can Be Used Soon After Birth
  2. Prepare Vaccines that Do Not Require Refrigeration
  3. Develop Needle-Free Delivery Systems

II. Create New Vaccines

  4. Devise Reliable Tests in Model Systems to Evaluate Live Attenuated Vaccines
Priority Areas: Viruses refractory to vaccine development (such as HIV, HCV, herpes viruses, etc.), pathogenic bacteria, selected complex pathogens (protozoa, yeasts, fungi, etc.)
  5. Solve How to Design Antigens for Effective, Protective Immunity
Priority Areas: HIV, Malaria
  6. Learn Which Immunological Responses Provide Protective Immunity
Priority Areas: HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, acute respiratory infections

III. Control Insect Vectors

  7. Develop a Biological Strategy to Deplete or Incapacitate a Disease-transmitting Insect Population
Priority Areas: Malaria, dengue, and other tropical arboviral diseases
  8. Develop a Chemical Strategy to Deplete or Incapacitate a Disease-transmitting Insect Population
Priority Areas: Malaria, dengue, trypanosomiasis

IV. Improve Nutrition

  9. Create a Full Range of Optimal, Bioavailable Nutrients in a Single Staple Plant Species
Priority Areas: Fe, Zn, and Se deficiencies, Vitamin A and E deficiencies, protein deficiency

V. Limit Drug Resistance

  10. Discover Drugs and Delivery Systems that Minimize the Likelihood of Drug Resistant Micro-organisms
Priority Areas: Tuberculosis, other bacterial infections, malaria, HIV

VI. Cure Infection

  11. Create Therapies that Can Cure Latent Infection
  12. Create Immunological Methods that can Cure Chronic Infections

VII. Measure Health Status

  13. Develop Technologies that Permit Quantitative Assessment of Population Health Status
  14. Develop Technologies that Allow Assessment of Multiple Conditions and Pathogens at Point-of-Care

VIII. Discover Biomarkers of Health and Disease

IX. Discover New Ways to Achieve Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development


Round 16 GCE Opportunities – OPPORTUNITY ENDED – Due November 11, 2015

  1. Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
  2. Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance
  3. Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
  4. Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data

Round 16 Grand Challenges Opportunity – OPPORTUNITY ENDED – LOI due November 5, 2015

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