Gates Foundation Awards Grand Challenges Explorations Grants

Gates Foundation Awards Grand Challenges Explorations Grants

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced grants of $100,000 to eleven researchers from three countries through the twenty-fourth round of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative.

With a focus on innovations for improving the impact of health campaigns, grants were awarded in support of innovations, approaches to, or tools that dramatically improve the planning, implementation, and/or monitoring and evaluation of efforts that lead to effective public health campaigns.

Grant recipients include Pascal Geldsetzer of Stanford University, who is working to develop a computational tool that will help public health officials in low- and middle-income predict the number and location of people who should be targeted by a campaign; Robert Miros of 3rd Stone Design, Inc. in San Rafael, California, who will adapt a battery-powered portable vaccine refrigerator to maximize its charge and enable it to be monitored remotely; and Mosokah Fallah of the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, who will provide public health campaign staff with activity-tracking devices and movement-based bonuses to encourage more accurate reporting of campaign coverage.

To date, GCE has awarded grants to more than fifteen hundred investigators in seventy-two countries, targeting a diverse set of global health and development challenges.

"Grand Challenges Explorations Round 24 Grants Awarded." Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Press Release 05/20/2020.