The linkurl:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; 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; Web site. James Aiken, President and Chief Executive Officer, Keystone Symposia on...

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