Funding opportunities for innovations are announced by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Some new grant opportunities across Grand Challenges initiatives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other Grand Challenges funders.


Grand Challenges Explorations grant opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) proposals for the following three challenges (application deadline is May 2, 2018):

GCE grants have already been awarded to more than 1300 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants are for USD $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD $1 million. Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development challenges. Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.
Grand Challenges grant opportunities
Additional global funder grant opportunities
  • The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a post-doctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI). Training will be at the intramural laboratories of NIH. Application deadline is May 11, 2018.
  • The Templeton World Charity Foundation announces Round 1 of its new Global Innovations for Character Development initiative. Application deadline is June 15, 2018.
Blog series on innovation: Trevor Mundel, the Gates Foundation’s President of Global Health, recently published three new blogs in his series on innovation: one on metabolic markers for gestational age assessment, one on surveying nutrient levels in breastmilk, and one on new technology to assess intestinal health in babies.
If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who has a great idea, please show this information. And you can explore an interactive world map of ideas funded to date across the global Grand Challenges network.