Grand Challenges India
In 2012, the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), where both parties agreed to collaborate on scientific and technological research to alleviate some of the world’s most critical global health and development issues, for the benefit of the people of India and other developing countries.
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This partnership seeks to identify opportunities to initiate and promote scientific and technological research in the country, to provide India-specific solutions for the country, which can then be adapted for use in other developing countries. Specifically, the partnership focuses on encouraging research and exploring avenues to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity; developing scientific and technical solutions for infectious diseases; strengthening India’s scientific translation capacity; developing scientific and technical advances related to agriculture, food and nutrition, among others
Grand Challenges initiatives follow these core principles:
- Strategic and well-articulated grand challenges serve both to focus research efforts and capture the imagination and engage the world’s best researchers.
- Projects are selected based on national and societal need and transparent calls for proposals seeking the best ideas.
- Funders, investigators and other stakeholders actively collaborate to accelerate progress and integrate advances to ensure these advanced technologies reach to developing countries masses
- Projects are selected not only for scientific excellence, but also for their likelihood to achieve the desired impact, and they are milestone-driven and actively managed to that end.
- Projects and investigators will have to follow global access commitments to ensure the fruits of their research are available to those most in need.
Here we announce a call titled ‘Immunization Data: Innovating for Action (IDIA)’, a program directed at addressing challenges that we face in collecting, analyzing and using data on immunization and health in technical partnership with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Department of Health Research (DHR), who will be providing their valuable technical and practical inputs in selecting and reviewing projects.
This Request for Proposals (RFP) is specific to India and open to anyone who is interested in applying – including academics, research institutions, medical research institutions, for-profit companies, not-for-profit organizations, and foundations.
Grants will be to researchers and innovators who are Indian individual or Indian entities, but we encourage partnerships with researchers in other countries, especially where the opportunity exists to build on established collaborations.
 *An Individual should be a Citizen of India
*Indian entities are defined as those established under any relevant statute, agreement, rule or
regulation in India.