The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has launched Round 7 of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative “to encourage innovative and unconventional global health solutions.

Grant proposals are being accepted online until 19 May 2011 on the following topics:

  • Explore Nutrition for Healthy Growth of Infants and Children
  • Apply Synthetic Biology to Global Health Challenges
  • The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Innovative Ways to Accelerate, Sustain, and Monitor Eradication
  • Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies
  • Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection
  • Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Solutions for Improved Uptake and Coverage of Childhood Vaccinations