Grand Challenges: Solving global health and development problems for those most in need


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Grand Challenges Explorations fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1200 researchers in more than 65 countries.

The foundation is accepting applications on the following four topics:


Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies.

Funding Availability

 Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

Indirect Costs



Internal Deadline

Please submit complete application along with a copy of the signed OR5 form to:


External Deadline

PI to submit application to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on line system

For details and application instructions, please visit the Grand Challenges

For Questions, please contact


Ornella McCarron, Grants Officer
Office of Research, Research Support Services
519-824-4120 x52832

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