The has announced grants totaling $5.6 million through its initiative.
Launched in 2008 and now in its seventeenth round of grantmaking, the initiative issued Phase I grants of $100,000 to fifty-six researchers in eleven countries working in one of six topic areas — ; ; ; ; ; and .
Selected from more than fourteen hundred applicants, recipients include Elmar Stroomer (), who will work to develop an interactive game that collects data on family planning decisions in Uganda; Kevin Osteen (), who will create a three-dimensional cell model mimicking the interior of the human uterus that can be used to discover new contraceptives and therapeutics; and Marcos Barreto ( in Brazil), who plans to build an open access platform that integrates malaria surveillance data with socioeconomic and healthcare data and provides support for data analysis. Other grantees include Xun Suo (), who is working to develop a rabbit model of cryptosporidiosis that can be used to identify new treatments; Gautam Dantas (), who will measure the effect of the routine use of antibiotics to treat severe malnutrition or prevent HIV infection in young children on bacterial populations and antimicrobial resistance genes in the gut; and Rebecca Traub (), who will develop a method to preserve fresh stool so it can be transported to central laboratories for diagnosis of intestinal parasites.
The foundation also announced that since the last Grand Challenges Explorations grants announcement last May, thirteen existing grantees have received follow-on funding of up to $1 million each.
For a complete of grant recipients, see the Grand Challenges website.