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Yale: Researchers Receive Funding from Gates Foundation for Global Projects

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative, in collaboration with international peers, have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for innovative research.

One of the grants, awarded to the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) in Brazil and overseen by Dr. Federico Costa, a Yale School of Public Health associate professor adjunct and principal investigator, will be used to study potential disease outbreaks using genomics.

The other grant, on which Ms. Erika Linnander, director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Initiative serves as co-principal investigator, funds a new approach to improving immunization rates in Cameroon and Ethiopia.

The Grand Challenges initiative inspires thinkers worldwide to explore creative solutions to persistent global health and development challenges. The grant process is highly competitive. Of approximately 1,700 applications this round, only 56 grants were awarded worldwide.

Each grant recipient receives an initial award of $100,000. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive follow-up funding of up to $1 million. To receive funding, research teams need to demonstrate a bold idea in one of seven critical global heath and development topic areas.

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