To help researchers achieve the scientific breakthroughs needed to prevent, treat, and cure diseases endemic to the developing world.
About the Organization:
The Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative was launched in 2003 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a $200 million grant to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. Later that year, GCGH's scientific board published a list of fourteen grand challenges that, if solved, could lead to important advances in the prevention and treatment of diseases that disproportionately affect the two billion poorest people in the world. In May 2005, the Gates Foundation committed another $250 million to the initiative, which it administers jointly with the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Ottawa, and the London-based Wellcome Trust. Currently, the initiative supports more than forty research projects involving scientists in thirty-three countries.
Each GCGH project, from improving childhood vaccines, to controlling insect vectors, to improving nutrition, to finding new ways to fight drug resistance, aims to find solutions to scientific and technological problems that could clear the way for dramatic improvements in global health. In addition, the newly launched Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, an extension of GCGH, will support a broad range of smaller projects at earlier stages of discovery with grants of approximately $100,000. The first call for proposals will be posted later this year.
Grand Challenges in Global Health is supported by grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.