Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations Grants Round 22 – application of metagenomic next generation sequencing to detect and identify pathogens

This Challenge supports technical staff from global health centres in undertaking training in biosample preparation and sequencing. Projects endeavouring to build upon their initial locally-focused effort to contribute to future data-informed decision-making at the population level via data sharing and pathogen data comparison across sites are specifically supported.

Funding & Duration

Phase I projects are supported up to USD $100,000 (approx. AUD $142,000) each and phase II projects are supported up to USD $1M (approx. AUD $1.42M) each. Grantees will receive support towards travel and accommodation for pilot analysis of samples from their home region during hands-on, intensive monitoring provided by the Chan Zuckerberg biohub in San Francisco. The training includes biochemical sample preparation for sequencing and bioinformatic analysis. After the training, teams are expected to use the remaining part of the award on items such as a sequencer, a sequencing technician and sequencing reagents.


Applications are open to organisations worldwide, including non-profit organisations, companies, international organisations, government agencies and academic institutions.

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