The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for Round 10 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.
This year, two-page grant proposals are being accepted online until November 7, 2012 on the following topic, among others:
* Labor Saving Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers
This topic asks the science, education, design and creative communities to look beyond supply-sided interventions to get at the underlying reasons for low-adoption rates of improved labor-saving devices, specifically design for women. We’re asking you to innovate for women farmers and in doing so to recognize the technical, economic, cultural and social constraints that inhibit the broad use of tools that could increase productivity on farm, reduce women’s labor burden and contribute to household welfare.
Please read more about the topic and the global challenge: http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Topics/Pages/WomenSmallholderFarmersRound10.aspx
Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. A full description of this and all round 10 topics and application instructions are available at: www.grandchallenges.org/gce
To learn more about the Grand Challenges Explorations program and the Grand Challenges in Global Health program:
* View our Interactive Map that gives information on 813 grants that have been awarded for projects in 49 countries: www.grandchallenges.org/Pages/GrantsMap.aspx