TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Gates Foundation awards grants for GCE initiative

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new round of winners on Wednesday for its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a program funding innovative ideas to tackle ongoing global health and development issues.

The winning proposals in the latest round attempt to solve five persistent problems. The issues include bringing together human and animal health for novel solutions, creating new interventions for neglected diseases, helping women farmers in the developing world, using social data for social good and the next generation of condoms.

In total, there were 81 winning projects that received $100,000 in funding each to address one of the five areas of exploration. The projects came from 14 different countries and include a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, including public-private coalitions, entrepreneurs, polymer engineers, health researchers and design professionals.

"Grand Challenges Explorations is designed to foster the most innovative ideas to save the lives of the world's poorest people," Chris Wilson, the director of the discovery and translational sciences team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said. "Although these five areas are very different, solving each one of these problems in new ways could make a huge impact."

The winners were selected from more than 2,700 proposals.