Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation now accepting grant proposals

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 5 of Grand Challenges Explorations, a $100 million initiative to encourage unconventional global health solutions. Anyone can apply, regardless of education or experience level.

Grant proposals are being accepted online at until May 19 on the following topics:

  • Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Applications for Priority Global Health Conditions (NEW)
  • Create New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns (NEW)
  • Create New Technologies for Contraception
  • Create New Ways to Protect Against Infectious Diseases

Initial grants will be $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to $1 million.  Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at

We are looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from scientists around the world and from all scientific disciplines. If you don't submit a proposal yourself, we hope you will forward this message to someone else who might be interested.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health challenges.

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