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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 the following two grant opportunities.
1) Our Grand Challenges Explorations fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1200 researchers in more than 65 countries.
We are accepting applications on the following four topics until November 9, 2016:

  1. Assess Family Planning Needs, Preferences and Behaviors to Inform Innovations in Contraceptive Technologies

  2. Develop Novel Platforms to Accelerate Contraceptive Drug Discovery

  3. Design New Solutions to Data Integration for Malaria Elimination

  4. Accelerate Development of New Therapies for Childhood Cryptosporidium Infection

2) Grand Challenges for Development: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Government of South Africa have joined together to launch the Securing Water for Food initiative. The goal of this program is to improve water and food security, gender equality and reduce poverty.
Application deadline is October 10, 2016. For detailed description of this challenge, please visit:
In addition, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) at the Ministry of Science & Technology of the Government of India has launched the Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI) – India grant opportunity.
The goal of HeLTI is to generate evidence that will inform national policy and decision-making in India, Canada and other participating countries for the improvement of health and mitigation of the risks of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Application deadline is October 18, 2016. For detailed description of this challenge, please visit

  • jamngoyo James Ngoyo 30 Mar 2018

    Im lucky to have managed to be involved in malaria elimination survey in Kenya.
    How can i get the funding to combine it with NCDs

  • Kimbute Omari Kimbute 27 Sep 2016

    I am interested on assessing family planning needs especially in rural communities but there is no link for more information on that.
    Can someone assist?