Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges – Creating and Measuring Integrated Solutions for Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development

The Grand Challenges initiative funds innovative ideas that could lead to new vaccines, diagnostics, drugs, and other technologies targeting diseases that claim millions of lives every year, as well as improvements and innovations in agriculture development and social and business innovations spanning the priority strategy areas of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The ultimate goal of this challenge is to determine what packages of interventions should be delivered to which group of individuals at what point in their life cycle to reduce the burden of fetal growth impairment and preterm birth, stunted postnatal growth, and impaired cognitive development.

Funding & Duration

Grant funds may be used for the following costs: personnel, necessary travel, supplies, contracted services, sub-grants, and consultants. Partial or full support for equipment may be requested subject to the circumstances described in the Grant Guidelines.


The Grand Challenges scheme is open to both foreign and domestic organisations. Grants will go to investigators in low- and middle-income countries, but the Foundation encourages partnerships with investigators in other countries, especially where the opportunity exists to build on existing collaborations.

Submission Requirements & Due Dates

  • 13 Jan 2015 (US Standard Time) – Letter of Intent (LOI) submitted via the Foundation’s website.
  • Copy of LOI forwarded to the Research Branch ASAP.
  • 19 May  2015  – full applications (by invitation only) submitted to the Research Branch for internal review.

Grants Officer: Dr Don McMaster


Further Information

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