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Grant opportunities from the Gates Foundation and its partners

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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 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 6, 2014 on the following topics:

-New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
-Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development
-Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development
-Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, leapfrog, disrupt, reach
-Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting the Development of
Interventions for Severe Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction

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.

Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at:


2) Grand Challenges Canada, through their Stars in Global Health program, is seeking ideas that use scientific, social, or business innovation to address some of the most pressing challenges in global health.  Talented innovators in both low- and middle-income countries and Canada are invited to apply.  Proposals are being accepted until March 10, 2014.  More information, including the request for proposals, application instructions, and frequently asked questions can be found at:


3) In addition there is also a Biostatistics Course opportunity from KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV.   Deadline for applications is March 31, 2014.  For more information and to apply please visit

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