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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Announcement and Grant Opportunities

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Dear Colleagues:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced more than $21 million in new
grants through its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. Information on
the program and the new global health and development projects being funded
can be found at

We would also like to remind you that we are inviting proposals for the
following grant opportunities: 
1.Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage
innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is
now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Initial
grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise have the
opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. A list of
topics and application instructions are available at: . Two-page proposals are being accepted

Please note that Grand Challenges Explorations closes tomorrow , November 7,
2012 11:30 am Pacific Time.

2. The Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Program at the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting innovators to send letters of inquiry
for the Reinvent The Toilet Challenge - RTTC (round 3). Grants will be
awarded to research groups interested in contributing to major advances in
sanitation in the developing world. Details and application instructions are
available at
let-challenge.aspx . Questions can be submitted to  Letters of Inquiry are being accepted
online until November 8, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

3. The Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative is accepting
letters of inquiry for the new grant program TB Vaccine Accelerator.  This
program seeks to develop models of natural Mycobacterium tuberculosis
transmission, define key transmission properties, and develop new approaches
to vaccination that will protect against infection. Program details and
application instructions are available at
Letters of inquiry are being accepted online until November 26, 2012 at
11:59 a.m. Pacific Time.

To learn more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's work, we invite
you to read our 2011 annual report.  In it, CEO Jeff Raikes discusses how
the new integrated structure of the foundation's global programs provides
more holistic support to the people we serve. Read more at:
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Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health and
development challenges.  

The Grand Challenges Team