The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced that it is accepting applications for Round 9 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a $100 million grant initiative encouraging innovation in global health and development research.

The program seeks dynamic, transformative ideas that address the world’s greatest health and development challenges. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization — colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit companies. Anyone with a transformative idea is invited to submit the two-page online application.

The foundation has also announced that this round of Grand Challenges Explorations will feature a new kind of topic that challenges people to find new ways to tell the story of development aid and the powerful impact it can have around the world. To help disseminate the message that aid works, Grand Challenges Explorations is partnering with Cannes Lions to uncover new ways to find and distribute stories that will inspire people to support development aid.

The complete list of topics for Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 is as follows: Aid Is Working — Tell the World (in partnership with Cannes Lions); New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-Malarial Compounds; Protect Crop Plants From Biotic Stresses (From Field to Market); Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems; and Explore New Solutions for Global Health Priority Areas.

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

Visit the Grand Challenges Website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and online application instructions.

For more on grants and grant writing, visit Grant Pros.

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