Research Funding

Grand Challenges Explorations

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) proposals for the following three challenges (application deadline is May 2, 2018):

GCE grants have already been awarded to more than 1300 researchers in more than 65 countries. Initial grants are for USD $100,000 and successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD $1 million. Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development challenges. Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Grand Challenges grant opportunities

Additional global funder grant opportunities

  • The African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are partnering under the auspices of the Coalition of African Research & Innovation (CARI) to establish a post-doctoral training fellowship program, the African Postdoctoral Training Initiative (APTI). Training will be at the intramural laboratories of NIH. Application deadline is May 11, 2018.
  • The Templeton World Charity Foundation announces Round 1 of its new Global Innovations for Character Development initiative. Application deadline is June 15, 2018.

Blog series on innovation: Trevor Mundel, the Gates Foundation’s President of Global Health, recently published three new blogs in his series on innovation: one on metabolic markers for gestational age assessment, one on surveying nutrient levels in breastmilk, and one on new technology to assess intestinal health in babies.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world on the open grant opportunities listed above. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who has a great idea, please forward this message. And we invite you to explore an interactive world map of ideas funded to date across the global Grand Challenges network.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team

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CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications to join the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative to increase understanding of the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. Applications are being accepted for two funding mechanisms:

  1. CZI Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Awards: investigator awards for early career academic investigators, especially those who are new to the field of neurodegeneration
  2. CZI Collaborative Science Awardsawards for small group interdisciplinary collaborations that include a physician with active clinical engagement

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RFA Application and Review Process

Details of the Application and Review process are provided in the RFA Instructions for each award (links below). Please read instructions for each RFA carefully, as there are different eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines for the two RFAs. Candidates may only apply to one RFA.

View CZI Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Awards [Budget: $2.5M, Deadline: April 17, 2018]

View CZI Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Awards Application Instructions 

View CZI Collaborative Science Awards  [Budget: $1.05M, LOI Deadline: April 3, 2018, Invited Application Deadline: June 21, 2018]

View CZI Collaborative Science Awards Application Instructions


For administrative and programmatic inquiries, technical assistance, or other questions pertaining to this RFA, please contact

IDeA Co-funding Initiative Announced

A request for nominations to the FY2018 IDeA Co-funding Initiative has been issued internally to NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs).

The IDeA Co-funding Initiative invites R01 and R15 submissions from NIH ICs.  The applications must be investigator-initiated and from institutions in IDeA-eligible states that were deemed meritorious in initial peer review, but are beyond the IC’s payline. The NIH ICs that have the primary assignment for the applications determine which of the applications they will nominate and send to NIGMS for consideration.

Investigators that are interested in their applications being considered for IDeA Co-funding should talk with the application’s Program Officer (PO) about their interest in this program. The deadline for nominations this year is COB April 6, 2018.

I serve as the NIGMS/IDeA point of contact for this initiative is and can be reached by phone (301-451-6416) or e-mail ( with any questions about the program, so please contact me if you need more information. In addition, if your PO has questions about the program, please let them know that I am happy to answer their questions as well.

Best regards,

Rashada C. Alexander, Ph.D.
Program Director, Center for Research Capacity Building (CRCB)
National Institute for the General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
45 Center Drive, 2AS43V
Bethesda, MD 20892-6200
(301) 451-6416 
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