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Gates Foundation Challenge: reinvent the toilet


27 April 2012

The Gates Foundation is calling for ides to support its effort to reinvent the toilet.

Grants will be awarded to research groups interested in contributing to major advances in human sanitation in the developing world.

These R&D efforts will comprise a new phase of the Foundation's Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: fast-paced designing, prototyping and demonstrating-in-operation of entirely stand-alone, self-contained, eminently-practical sanitation modules which intake bodily wastes and swiftly dispose of them definitively- without any incoming water piping, outgoing sewer piping or electric or gas utility services.

These modules must intake all outputs of the serviced population- ultimately at single-residence scales- with minimal module footprints and assured biosafety. Thus, chemical and mechanical engineering approaches are preferred.

Who can apply?

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. We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, apply.

Closing date

Letters of inquiry are being accepted online until Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time.


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