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 How Topics are Chosen

Each round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative awards grants against a set of specific topics. In general, topics are chosen according to three major criteria:

  • The topic fits within the goals and disease priorities of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The topic contains a roadblock where radical, new thinking is needed for the discovery of an effective health solution
  • Potential projects within the topic are likely to be well suited for the phased structure of the initiative

In addition, we consider whether a topic will engage the participation from scientists outside traditional global health disciplines, as well as researchers working in the developing world.


 Focusing Proposals on Current Topics

For each round of Grand Challenges Explorations, applicants are asked to focus their proposals on specific topics where creative, unorthodox thinking is most urgently needed. Interested applicants should:

  • Review the current topic descriptions (links on right when award Round is open) to determine which subject best suits your idea
  • Visit the Application Instructions page to understand how to submit your proposal

 Explorations Round 13 Topics

 Past Topics

To read topics for past Grand Challenges Explorations rounds, please click here.

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 Explorations Topics: Round 13