The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with India’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) have launched Grand Challenge India, a partnership framework for joint programs. This partnership aims to support initiatives that could dramatically change the health and development landscape in India and leverage Indian innovations to support other countries facing similar challenges. The partnership identifies the following priorities for cooperation; 1) reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity; 2) scientific and technical solutions for infectious diseases; 3) strengthening India’s scientific translation capacity; 4) scientific and technical advances related to agriculture and: 5) scientific advancement in food and nutrition.
The first joint program, Achieving Healthy Growth through Agriculture and Nutrition, seeks to target the relationship between agriculture, nutrition, and health to reduce the high incidence of low birth weight and early stunting and wasting among Indian infants. A particular goal is to empower women to prevent these conditions through a virtuous cycle where increasing agricultural productivity improves rural families’ nutrition and healthier smallholder farmers have increased productivity, contributing to economic growth.
This Request for Proposals is specific to India and open to anyone who is interested in applying – including academics, research institutions, medical research institutions, for-profit companies, NGOS, not-for-profit organizations, and foundations. Grants will be to innovators who are Indian individuals or Indian entities, but we encourage partnerships with researchers in other countries, especially where the opportunity exists to build on established collaborations. The research agenda will support a comprehensive set of approaches spanning multiple fields of innovation to reduce the high incidence of low birth weight, early stunting and wasting in Indian children less than 2 years of age, and prevent under nutrition in women of reproductive age and in children from 0-2 years of age.
This grant opportunity closed October 31, 2013.
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