Gates Foundation Awards $5.2 Million in GCE Grants

Gates Foundation Awards $5.2 Million in GCE Grants

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced grants totaling $5.2 million through its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative.

Phase I grants of $100,000 were awarded to fifty-two researchers in nineteen countries in six areas of global health research. Selected from among eighteen hundred applications, recipients include Alexandra Hiscox (Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands), who proposed a strategy to "push" mosquitos out of homes and "pull" them toward outdoor traps; Andrew Ellington (University of Texas at Austin), who will explore the viability of pregnancy test strip technology to detect whether mosquitos are carrying human-infecting pathogens; Sangwei Lu (University of California, Berkeley), who aims to create a peanut butter-based formulation of amoxicillin to treat pneumonia and improve nutrition in children under the age of 5; Francis Otim (MMINDZS LTD, Uganda), who will work on an accounting system that makes it easy for merchants to accept mobile phone payments; Ana Namburete (University of Oxford), who will develop a tool that can estimate gestational age from routine ultrasound images; and Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuente (Centre for Schistosomiasis and Parasitology, Cameroon), who will integrate current school-based deworming treatments with maternal and child health programs.

Launched in 2003, GCE is a $100 million initiative aimed at fostering innovation through open calls for early-stage projects from scientists around the world. As it has in previous years, the foundation also announced Phase II grants of up to an additional $1 million to five researchers selected to receive Phase I grants in earlier rounds.

For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Grand Challenges website.