Gates Foundation: Challenge Grants - Proposals requested

Hi and thanks for being part of Soul Beat Africa's Science and Media network. Just a quick update re the next round of the Gates Foundation supported "Grand Challenges". In one month the most recent call for proposals closes. A number of the priority themes for these grants (USD 100,000 and USD 1 million) seemed very relevant to media and science - many ways that the media can play an important role to make further progress.

Some key points:

There are 5 major topics:

* Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses From Field to Market
* Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems
* Explore New Solutions for Global Health Priority Areas
* Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children
* Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges

You can see further details on each topic from here

"Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded two times a year"

"Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million."

Gates are investing USD 100 million overall in this process

The deadline is November 17, 2011

There are many more details at

The proposal forms can be found here

And if you are thinking of applying and Soul Beat Africa fits into your plans then we would LOVE to chat with you!!! (Just email Anja at )

Good luck!

Best wishes - Warren

PS - Please do share through here (just reply to this email and enter your contribution) any helpful experiences or insights that you may previously have with the Grand Challenges process.

Warren Feek Executive Director The Communication Initiative