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Apply Now: $5 Million in Grant Funding for Your Digital Health Solutions

By Wayan Vota on February 25, 2019

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The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in developing countries. They work with partners to deliver proven tools and discover groundbreaking new solutions that support the development of integrated health solutions for family planning, nutrition, and maternal and child health.

Digital Health Global Grand Challenge

In the Emerging Technologies for New Solutions in Global Health call for proposals, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation seeks ideas that apply an emerging technology – or a combination of emerging technologies – for new and potentially transformative solutions in global health priority areas.

The foundation will give out $100,000 USD grants to 50 organizations that can provide new ways of improving outcomes in:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Disease surveillance
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Child growth and development
  • Vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics

Apply Now: Deadline is April 10, 2019

If you are selected for a $100,000 USD grant, you may have an opportunity to apply for follow-on grant funding up to $1 million USD.

Illustrative Digital Health Solutions

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is interested in different types of applications of emerging technologies to improve global health outcomes, including (but not limited to):

  • Artificial intelligence for image analysis of human patients (e.g., fetal ultrasound, infant optical neuroimaging, or infant video data) or human biosamples (e.g., tissue sample microscopy or placental morphology) to reveal predictive biomarkers of adverse health outcomes or correlates of resilience
  • Wearable sensors to provide early indicators of treatment response, to identify causal factors underlying adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes, or to continuously monitor systemic metabolites to understand baselines and temporal fluctuation for biomarkers of health and disease
  • Augmented reality to improve the quality of patient care through interactive guidance for diagnostic procedures
  • Virtual reality to simulate host-pathogen interactions for insights into the design of agents to protect against infectious disease
  • Geospatial mapping to understand and predict temporal changes in disease burden and design geographically-targeted interventions.

Grant Funding Evaluation Criteria

Each proposal that meets the grant funding selection criteria will be evaluated by the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation with the highest priority given to proposals that:

  • Represent potentially transformative approaches that would not have been funded by mechanisms focusing on individual technologies or subject areas
  • Represent new perspectives on the problem being targeted, including applying insights from fields outside the priority global health areas that are the subject of this challenge

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks and is the Digital Health Director at IntraHealth International. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of IntraHealth International or other ICTWorks sponsors.
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8 Comments to “Apply Now: $5 Million in Grant Funding for Your Digital Health Solutions”

  1. WM hope foundation says:

    WM hope foundation is a nonprofit organization which advocates for people living with HIV/aids in Zambia

  2. Dr Satya Pal Bindra says:

    UNDESA Focal Point Libya on SDGs implementation in Libya with no support has published papers delivered key note addresses and helped accelerate the progress of SDGs. Refer my facebook. Help us by funding digital health solutions.

  3. Jin says:

    Is there any link to apply for this opportunity?

  4. This is a great opportunity for hundreds of younger African innovators in Health.

  5. Ikpa Christiana Onyinyechi says:

    goodmorning. please send me the link to apply for bills grant. i want to use it for company.

  6. Fruitful youth Group is the non governmental organization that consist youths who have attained skills in different aspects of living. For more information about the organization visit our website http://www.fruitfulyouthgroup.com. Zambia

  7. Ndubuisi Ironkwe says:

    Interesting and encouraging indeed

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