The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will invest US $35 million in grants to expand the pipeline of groundbreaking ideas that can help women and children live more prosperous and healthy lives. http://www.grandchallenges.org/about/Newsroom/Pages/Nov2011_release.aspx.
The funding will support two new Grand Challenges in Global Health grant programs:
* Preventing Preterm Birth, managed in partnership with the Global Alliance for the Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children's, will invest US $20 million in the discovery and development of interventions to prevent preterm birth and stillbirth by limiting infection and improving nutrition. http://www.gapps.org/healthybirth
* Discover New Ways to Achieve Healthy Growth will invest US $15 million in research to discover the causes of growth
faltering during the first 1,000 days of life and to identify effective and affordable interventions to promote healthy
In addition, the Gates Foundation announced $9 million in funding for a new related initiative, "Biomarkers of Gut
Function and Health," that seeks to develop non-invasive measures of intestinal functioning as a way to assess infant
health and development. http://www.grandchallenges.org/biomarkers/Pages/Gut_Function_Biomarkers.aspx
Several new grant awards through the broader Grand Challenges family of programs were also announced:
* 110 grants of US $100,000 each will support innovative proposals to improve nutrition and development in young children,
as well as address infectious diseases such as polio and HIV.
* 9 GCE projects that have shown promise in tackling global health challenges such as malaria and tuberculosis will receive
additional funding of up to US $1 million each to enable researchers to continue to advance their ideas toward impact.
To learn more about GCE, please visit http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Grant proposals for GCE Round 8 are currently being accepted until November 17, 2011 on the following topics:
Application instructions can be found at http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Pages/ApplicationInstructions.aspx
* Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses From Field to Market
* Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems
* Explore New Solutions for Global Health Priority Areas
* Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children
* Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges