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Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Global Call to Action to Help End the COVID Crisis

Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges Global Call to Action to Help End the COVID Crisis

Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. Grand Challenges initiatives launch challenges as open requests for grant proposals, refining the process of sourcing innovation over time. Each challenge is an experiment in focusing innovation on making an impact. Each addresses some of the same problems, but from differing perspectives. Each builds a grant program that fosters collaboration across projects to speed impact.

In 2021, the Gates Foundation launched Grand Challenges Global Call-to-Action to build on lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and fund cutting-edge science projects that together advance high-priority global health objectives while supporting and expanding a locally-led research and development ecosystem with a balance of women investigators. Through a long-term approach to enable transformational partnerships, it will invest in platforms that link the local institutions that train and connect innovators, and it will directly support the local people that co-create and implement global health programs, including through the Calestous Juma Science Leadership Fellowship in Africa.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications through the new Grand Challenges Global Call-to-Action initiative for the four requests for proposals. The goal of this initiative is to fund cutting-edge science projects that together advance high-priority global health objectives while supporting and expanding a locally-led research and development ecosystem with a balance of women investigators.

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Building Malaria Modeling Capacity Program in Sub-Saharan Africa
Deadline: 13-Jan-22

The Grand Challenges in Global Health (GCGH) is pleased to announce the Building Malaria Modeling Capacity Program to build a stronger malaria mathematical modeling ecosystem in sub-Saharan Africa.

Objectives

GCGH is looking for 1 to 3 years projects that will achieve one or more of the objectives:

Increasing the number of Ph.D.-trained mathematical modelers with malaria expertise based at sub-Saharan African institutions
Improving NMCP’s understanding of and engagement with modeling approaches as a tool that can support strategic planning and/or evaluation work
Connecting malaria Product Development Partners (PDPs) with sub-Saharan African modelers
Bringing together discrete modeling units across sub-Saharan Africa to share expertise
Improving modelers’ access to timely, high-quality data
Funding Information

The funding level for the Building Malaria Modeling Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa Project is a grant of up to $1,000,000 USD per year, provided to the organization, with a term of 1 to 3 years depending on the scope of the project.

They are looking for proposals that:

Focus on improving geospatial and/or mathematical modeling capacity for malaria (other related diseases may be included; for example, modelers may also work on vector-borne neglected tropical diseases)
Articulate how the project will lead to impact in the near-term and how those benefits will be sustained past the lifetime of the project
Demonstrate engagement with local and/or regional malaria decision-makers.
Eligibility Criteria

This initiative is open to organizations actively working in sub-Saharan Africa, including nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, international organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. Teams comprising multiple African institutions will be given preference over applicants from single institutions.
Individuals and organizations classified as individuals for U.S. tax purposes are not eligible to receive an award from the foundation as part of this initiative.
Collaborations with partners in the north is acceptable however, at least 80% of the funding needs to be awarded directly to organizations actively working in sub-Saharan Africa.
Upon registration, applicants must provide information about the tax status of their organization as different terms and conditions may apply.
You should confirm your organization’s tax status with the appropriate advisor or entity within your organization such as your grants or contracts department, finance, or office of sponsored research. The foundation may request additional information regarding your tax status.
For more information, visit https://gcgh.grandchallenges.org/challenge/building-malaria-modeling-capacity-sub-saharan-africa

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