Gates Foundation to announce new Grand Challenges Exploration grantees

Melinda Gates looks on as a community health worker administers vaccine to an infant in India. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will soon announce the global health projects that made it to the Grand Challenges Exploration's latest open round. Photo by: Uttar Pradesh / Gates Foundation / CC BY-NC-ND

Drones to deliver vaccines and temporary tattoos to record health conditions are among new explorative projects chosen to receive $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The foundation is expected to identify May 9 more than 100 global health projects from around the world that made the final cut at the Grand Challenges Exploration’s latest open round, The Associated Press reports. Each project will receive $100,000, while an additional six recipients will each get $1 million to advance their projects.

The Grand Challenges Exploration initiative was launched by the Gates Foundation in 2008 to encourage “bolder and less conventional solutions” to pressing global development problems. It has a core funding of up to $100 million and awards a series of $100,000 grants twice a year.

The call for applications for the initiative’s ninth round is underway and will close May 15. It focuses on identifying new ways of distributing stories that can inspire people to support development aid.

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