The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will grant USD100 million to support scientists around the globe discover new methods in solving global health issues. Labeled the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, it aims to support initial-stage research projects presented by scientists from a wide range of disciplines to pursue new ideas and introduce creative proposals aimed at aiding marginalized people in the developing world. “The biggest advances in global health often come from unexpected places,” said Dr. Tachi Yamada, Executive Director of the foundation’s Global Health Program. “To effectively tackle diseases like AIDS and malaria, we need to encourage the best and brightest minds to take risks on novel ideas,” he added.
Source: Gates Foundation to fund offbeat approaches to health problems (The Seattle Times)