New Grant Opportunities with the Gates Foundation

1 March 2012

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

The Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators committed to solving the world's greatest health and development challenges to apply for three new grant opportunities:

  1. Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

    Proposals are being accepted online until May 15, 2012 on the following topics:

    • New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-malarial Compounds
    • Aid is Working. Tell the World
    • Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems
    • Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
    • Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses From Field to Market

    Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Visit Grand Challenges for full descriptions and application instructions.

  2. Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its second call for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world. In this round, the Saving Lives at Birth partners will fund transformative approaches that cut across three main domains: (i) science & technology; (ii) service delivery; and (iii) demand-side innovation.

    The deadline is April 2, 2012. Details on how to apply for a grant can be found at

  3. Grand Challenges Canada is seeking proposals for Rising Stars in Global Health, a program looking for emerging innovators from developing countries with bold ideas with big impact to address real-world global health challenges. The deadline is March 23, 2012. Visit Grand Challenges Canada for further details and application instructions.

The Gates Foundation and partners encourage researchers with innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines to apply for these new grant opportunities.