Gates Foundation Seeking Grant Proposals for $100 Million Initiative to Support Research on Infectious Diseases, Including HIV/AIDS
March 4, 2008
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday announced that it will begin accepting grant proposals on March 31 for the first round of its $100 million initiative to fund research on infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, the AP/Houston Chronicle reports. The Grand Challenges Explorations is an expansion of the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, which was launched in 2003 to support new technologies to advance global health, according to the AP/Chronicle (AP/Houston Chronicle, 3/3).
The Gates Foundation will accept proposals for the first round of funding through May 30. Each initial grant will total $100,000, and projects that prove successful will be eligible for additional funding of $1 million or more (AP/Houston Chronicle, 3/3).
The Gates Foundation will select and award grants within about three months of the May 30 deadline. "Breakthrough ideas can come from anywhere, and we hope this new process will encourage a broad range of scientists from around the world to bring their ideas to the table," Tachi Yamada, president of the Gates Foundation's Global Health Program, said, adding, "We're especially interested in reaching people who work outside the field of global health, innovators in the developing world and young investigators" (Gates Foundation release, 3/3).
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