Gates Foundation announces 100 new grants through Grand Challenges Explorations
May 11, 2012
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced 100 new $100,000 grants through its Grand Challenges Explorations program. The funding will support proposals for global health and development projects that can solve problems in the developing world.
Some of the grant recipients include Gregor Reid of the University of Western Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute in Canada, Lilian Waiboci at the CDC in Kenya and Hideaki Tsutsui of the University of California Riverside.
Reid and his colleagues are testing are testing the benefits of Moringa plant-supplemented yogurt on under-nourished pregnant women in Tanzania. Waiboci is developing technology that can more effectively screen and treat pathogens, viruses and bacteria with the ultimate goal of reducing drug resistance. Tsutsui is hoping to develop a biosensor stamp for maize leaves that will make it easier to detect crop disease early on.
In addition, the round of grant giving will supplement the work of those overseeing existing projects that were previously awarded funds, including Yingjie Lu and Richard Malley of Children's Hospital Boston and William Royea of Next Dimensions Technology.
Grant recipients can manage their fundraising efforts with grant management software
that will track incoming contributions and help them account for all dollars received.