The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for two grant opportunities:
1) Grand Challenges China: New Interventions for Global Health. This challenge focuses on calls for innovative concepts for safe, effective, affordable and widely utilized interventions, such as vaccines and therapeutics, with the potential to protect against the acquisition, progression or transmission of infectious diseases that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest. This call is in partnership with the National Natural Science Foundation of China and requires substantive collaborations between China-based investigators and those based outside of China.
Application deadline is March 15, 2016, 8:00 am Beijing time (March 14, 2016, 5pm Seattle time). For a detailed description of this challenge, please visit the Grand Challenges site.
2) Grand Challenges for Development: Saving Lives at Birth. USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, the U.K.'s Department for International Development (DFID), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth. The goal of this program is to find the tools and approaches to help mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours.
Application deadline is February 29, 2016.
In addition please also see the following web pages for links to a 10-year retrospective of 14 of the 44 original Grand Challenges in Global Health projects (2005-2015):
Biological Vector Control (O’Neill, Burt); Chemical Vector Control (Axel, Vosshall; Zwiebel), Curing Latent Infection (Young); Curing Chronic Infection (Baltimore); Vaccine Model Systems (Flavell); Antigen Design (Kappe; Hill); Protective Immunity (Kwiatkowski; Shaw); Needle-Free Vaccines (Baker; Sievers); Crop Biofortification (Dale, Tushemereirwe)
We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.
Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health and development challenges.
The Grand Challenges Team
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