The Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with Brazil’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and Brazilian state-based research foundations have launched Grand Challenges Brazil, a partnership framework for joint programs. This partnership builds on Brazil’s strong and widely-recognized commitment to health equity, its extensive health system, and its robust research networks and manufacturing capabilities. The first joint program, Reducing the Burden of Preterm Birth, seeks to develop a research agenda aligned with the Brazilian “Stork Network,” a nationwide effort to reduce infant and maternal mortality, and also aligned with family health programs within the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative.
Reducing the Burden of Preterm Birth seeks to 1) acquire a better understanding of the biological and behavioral causes of preterm birth; 2) develop new strategies to prevent preterm birth; 3) develop new interventions to improve the survival, health, and development of preterm infants; and 4) determine how to scale-up known, effective prevention and treatment strategies. We are looking for innovative approaches in multiple areas, including biological research, medical technology and product development, service delivery mechanisms, and behavior change mechanisms.
Grants will be to Brazilian researchers, but we encourage partnerships with researchers in other countries, especially where the opportunity exists to build on existing collaborations and show that new interventions are applicable to diverse settings thereby increasing the likelihood of achieving broad and sustained impact. Solutions developed through the Grand Challenges Brazil preterm birth program could have broad impact both within Brazil and beyond its borders.
This grant opportunity closed on May 7, 2013.