$100 million more from Gates

The linkurl:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/25259/ has established a new five-year $100 million fast-track grant program for global health research. Each project will receive $100,000, with the option of additional funding if merited. The program, which will adopt a fast-track review, is for scientists with "creative concepts" to fight global health scourges affecting developing countries, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. One of the

By | January 14, 2008

The linkurl:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/25259/ has established a new five-year $100 million fast-track grant program for global health research. Each project will receive $100,000, with the option of additional funding if merited. The program, which will adopt a fast-track review, is for scientists with "creative concepts" to fight global health scourges affecting developing countries, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. One of the goals of the initiative is to "support paradigm-changing ideas that have never before been tested, and that might not stand up to traditional peer review." To expedite the review process, funding proposals should be "relatively short" and can avoid preliminary data, they will be reviewed within three months, and grants can be awarded several times per year. The first call for proposals will appear in early 2008, on the linkurl:Grand Challenges in Global Health;http://www.gcgh.org/channels/gcgh Web site. James Aiken, President and Chief Executive Officer, Keystone Symposia on Molecular & Cellular Biology, took it upon himself to send an Email about the program to Keystone participants: "Keystone Symposia never shares, and only rarely uses our mailing lists for anything other than Keystone Symposia business. In this case, however, I felt that this new opportunity for grants was something that most of our participants would like to know about."

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