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Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) is an extension of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s commitment to the Grand Challenges in Global Health, which was launched in 2003 to accelerate the discovery of new technologies to improve global health. GCE supports hundreds of projects on topics such as making childhood vaccines easier to use in poor countries, and creating new ways to control insects that spread disease.


The Explorations initiative funds innovative ideas that could lead to new vaccines, diagnostics, drugs, and other technologies targeting diseases that claim millions of lives every year.


The topics for which proposals will be accepted in this round are:


·         The "One Health" Concept: Bringing Together Human and Animal Health for New Solutions - new!

·         Increasing Interoperability of Social Good Data - new!

·         Develop the Next Generation of Condom - new!

·         New Approaches for Detection, Treatment, and Control of Selected Neglected Tropical Diseases

·         Labor Saving Strategies and Innovations for Women Smallholder Farmers


Please refer to the website for topics overview, application instructions, FAQ as well as the rules and guidelines.


Funding Information


Capped Amount

Maximum Duration

USD 100,000

(Phase I)

18 months

                   IRC is waived in Phase I grants until further notice


Awarded projects will have an opportunity to apply for a follow-on Phase II grant of up to USD1mil for a period of up to 2 years.


Application Criteria

The application is open to non-profit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies and academic institutions.

  1. No geographical restriction for applicants; scientists worldwide are encouraged to submit their ideas.
  2. Applicant must at least be affiliated with an organization.
  3. Only one proposal can be submitted per applicant.
  4. All applications must be submitted through the Online Application Tool, unless exceptional circumstances.


Application Procedure

A.           Online application – Deadline: Tuesday, 7 May 2013  (11.30am, Pacific Daylight Time)

a.    Interested PIs are required to create an account online in order to submit their proposal if they do not already have an account.

b.    Please use the application form provided.

c.    PIs are to submit either a Microsoft Word or PDF version of the application (not scanned), no more than 2 pages in length


B.           Please forward the following documents to NUHS Research Office – Deadline: Tuesday, 7 May 2013




·         Original-signed NUS Grant Endorsement Form 

·         Forward the Softcopy of final proposal to Grant_RO@nuhs.edu.sg  




Kindly Note:

If the proposed study requires biospecimen or tissue banking, please contact Dr Eng Chon Boon (chon_boon_eng@nuhs.edu.sg ) from the NUHS Tissue Repository. The tissue repository will assist with the biobanking budget. Kindly visit  http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/tissue/Cost%20Recovery%20Schedule.pdf



Contact Us

Please contact the following staff if you have any enquiries:


Ms Clarin Ng

Tel : 6772 3723

Email : mednsy@nus.edu.sg