The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced more than $21 million in new grants through its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. Information on the program and the new global health and development projects being funded can be found at www.grandchallenges.org/about/Newsroom/Pages/GCERound9Grants.aspx.

The Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative is accepting letters of inquiry for the new grant program TB Vaccine Accelerator.  This program seeks to develop models of natural Mycobacterium tuberculosis transmission, define key transmission properties, and develop new approaches to vaccination that will protect against infection. Program details and application instructions are available at www.grandchallenges.org/GrantOpportunities/Pages/TBVaccineAccelerator.aspxLetters of inquiry are being accepted online until November 26, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. Pacific Time.

To learn more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work, we invite you to read our 2011 annual report.  In it, CEO Jeff Raikes discusses how the new integrated structure of the foundation’s global programs provides more holistic support to the people we serve. Read more at: http://response.notifications.gatesfoundation.org/t?ctl=4491183:862793A6E4CA882517FCD47DA344E6F8DD10B7A40AD2C082&

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world’s greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team