Bill Gates: Great Ideas From Unexpected Places

Bill Gates: Great Ideas From Unexpected Places

Bill Gates, Global Health Magazine

I have always been interested in the scientific discoveries underlying health advances in developing countries. The benefits of such breakthroughs are substantial, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives. And the challenges are great, often involving issues that no one has been able to solve before.

Grand Challenges Explorations – part of the Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative – funds bold research ideas that have the potential to create breakthroughs in global health solutions.

Launched two years ago, Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE), is aimed at encouraging researchers with promising and sometimes unconventional ideas for improving health to apply for $100,000 grants. That may not seem like a lot of money for scientific research. But by funding a larger number of smaller grants and encouraging applications from a wider range of individuals – including those with little or no experience – Grand Challenges Explorations can fund initial research into potentially innovative concepts that might not otherwise ever be explored.

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