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 Grand Challenges Explorations Grants

Grand Challenges Explorations fosters creative projects that show great promise to improve the health of people in the developing world. Grants target an expanding set of global health topics, and there are two award rounds per year. Projects with demonstrated success in their initial phase of research have the opportunity to receive Phase II funding of up to $1 million.

On June 3, 2014, 52 researchers were awarded new Grand Challenges Explorations grants. Read more about these below. In addition, 3 Explorations projects were awarded Phase II funding. To read more about these new Phase II grants, select "Phase II" in the Grant Phase drop-down menu, while showing all topics and all rounds.

To review all Explorations projects, select “Show All Topics” in the Topic drop-down menu, "Show All Rounds" in the Date and Grant Round drop-down menu, and “Show All Phases” in the Grant Phase drop-down menu.

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Foldscope: Paper Based “Use-and-Throw" Field Microscopes
Primary Investigator:
Manu Prakash, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States - US
Round 9 – November 2012
Phase I
Manu Prakash and a team at Stanford University in the U.S. will field test their origami-based paper microscopes designed for disease diagnostics. These lightweight print-and-fold "Foldscopes" can be packed in a flat configuration, assembled in minutes, have no mechanical moving parts, and can be incinerated if required. Testing the device in India, Thailand, and Uganda will allow user feedback to help refine the design for future scale-up.

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