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March 4, 2013

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Ground Breaking Ideas Sought to Improve the Lives of Millions
USD$100,000 Grants Available for Developing the Next Generation Condom, Improving Data for Social Good, and Harnessing Commonalities Between Human and Animal Health

SEATTLE--  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications for Round 11 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, an agile, accelerated grant program encouraging bold approaches aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. Anyone – students, scientists, entrepreneurs - with a transformative idea is invited to submit an easy, online, two-page application.

"To overcome persistent health and development problems, we need new, game-changing ideas," said Chris Wilson, Director of Global Health Discovery & Translational Science at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  "Inspiration can come from anywhere and we are hopeful that this new round of Grand Challenges Explorations will uncover innovative approaches to improve lives around the world."

Since launching in 2008, Grand Challenges Explorations has funded more than 800 grants in 52 countries. The program welcomes proposals from a broad spectrum of contributors, and encourages cross-discipline approaches.

Topics for Grand Challenges Explorations Round 11:

Proposals are being accepted at www.grandchallenges.org through May 7, 2013.

The Gates Foundation and an independent group of reviewers will select the most innovative proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately four months from the proposal submission deadline. Initial grants are USD$100,000 each. Projects demonstrating potential will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to USD$1 million.

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