Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation and its Partners

The Gates foundation and its Grand Challenges partners are now accepting applications for the following grant programs – for more information please visit the grant opportunities page at

1.      Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions. Proposals are being accepted online until May 13, 2015. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

2.       Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its fifth round for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world. The application deadline is March 27, 2015.

3.      All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched two grant opportunities:

  • As part of the Technology to Support Education in Crisis and Conflict Settings Ideation Challenge, it is seeking technology-supported approaches to provide basic education in one or more of the following situations: health crisis, natural disaster, and conflict zone. The application deadline is March 30, 2015.
  • The Tracking & Tracing Books Prize Competition is seeking innovations to track books destined for early-grade classrooms and learning centers in low-income countries. The application deadline is April 1, 2015.

4.      The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT) as part of its new Grand Challenges Japan initiative has launched a Target Research Platform to fund bold ideas in drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics for a set of priority neglected infectious diseases. The application deadline is March 13, 2015

Individuals Addressing Open Society Challenges Invited to Apply for Open Society Foundations Fellowship

The fellowship program seeks to fund work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching conversations within the Open Society Foundations and around the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has previously not been recognized, advance a new policy idea to address a familiar problem, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations, including human rights, government transparency, access to information and justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows may produce a variety of products, including publications (books, reports, or blogs), innovative public-education projects, or even a new campaign or organization. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues. Fellowship projects can include photography, outreach, and advocacy around documentary film and other forms of cultural production.

The program accepts proposals from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment. Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Proficiency in spoken English is required.

Full-time fellows based in the United States will receive a stipend of $80,000 or $100,000, depending on their work experience, seniority, and current income. Stipends will be pro-rated for part-time fellows. For fellows based elsewhere, appropriate adjustments will be made to reflect the cost of living in those countries. In addition to the stipend, fellows will receive a project budget.

For more information please refer to:

Funding Opportunity from NEA/AC – Tunisia: Encouraging Positive Post-Election Progress

The Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a program within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Office of Assistance Coordination (NEA/AC), is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new projects designed to strengthen Tunisia’s continued democratic consolidation.  Projects proposed should focus on addressing needs and opportunities to strengthen democratic institutions and political participation over the next two years.  This opportunity is currently open and will close at 17:00:00 Eastern Time onFebruary 04, 2015.

NEA/AC seeks innovative proposals for projects in Tunisia that contribute to MEPI’s overarching goal of building participatory, pluralistic, and prosperous societies in which citizens:

(a) Have the regular opportunity to play an active role in making decisions that affect their lives and in holding their governments accountable, and

(b) Have equal standing, protected by guaranteed rights and by independent and effective courts of law.

Proposals should address only one of the following three priority areas considered critical for the success of Tunisia’s transition.

Priority Area A: Fostering Effective and Accountable Government Institutions
Priority Area B: Encouraging Legislative Transparency and Accountability
Priority Area C: Preparing for Local Elections and Decentralization

Please visit: or to view the full Request for Proposals.

Echoing Green Fellowships

Echoing Green’s Fellowship Programs will offer more than $4.6 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change. From thousands of applicants, only about 1 percent are ultimately awarded a Fellowship.

During their first two years, Fellows receive up to $90,000, participate in leadership development gatherings, and will access the powerful network of Echoing Green Fellows, partners, and friends. Echoing Green’s 2014 Barclays Brain Trust Series, sponsored in part by Barclays, is a program of roundtable and mentorship opportunities for Fellows with leading professionals working in marketing, fundraising, business development, and technology. We continue to support our Fellow community long after their initial funding period with ongoing programs and opportunities at critical inflection points in their organizations or careers

Echoing Green manages three distinct Fellowship Programs

The Global Fellowship  for smart leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities.

The Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship invests in emerging leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States.

The Climate Fellowship, launched in 2013, is specifically targeted for the best next-generation social entrepreneurs committed to working on innovations in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Application Deadline: January 5th 2014

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Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Grants Opportunity

STS is an interdisciplinary field that investigates topics relating to the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) disciplines, including medical science. STS research uses historical, philosophical, and social scientific methods to investigate STEM theory and practice with regards to history and socio-cultural formation, philosophical underpinnings, and impacts of science and technology on quality of life, culture, and society. STS researchers strive to understand how STEM fields contribute to the development and use of systems of knowledge, the production and use of materials and devices, the co-evolution of socio-technical systems and their governance, and the place of science and technology in the modern world.


The STS program supports proposals across the broad spectrum of STS research areas, topics, and approaches. Examples include, but are by no means limited to:

  1. Societal aspects of emerging high-tech technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, synthetic biology, neuroscience, robotics, drones, ubiquitous computing, crowd sourcing, remote-sensing)
  2. Societal aspects of emerging low-tech technologies (e.g., paper microscopes; whirlwind wheel chairs)
  3. Issues relating to equity, ethics, governance, sustainability, public engagement, user-centeredness, and inclusiveness.
  4. Integration of traditional STS approaches with innovative perspectives from the arts or humanities.
  5. Ethical, policy, and cultural issues regarding big data, surveillance and privacy in an increasingly networked world, and
  6. The science of broadening participation in STEM disciplines.


Deadline: February 2nd, 2015
Estimated Number of Awards: 40
Anticipated Funding Amount: $6,200,000

For more information please refer to the RFP:



Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunities

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now inviting applications for three new Grand Challenges:

  • Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Development
  • Creating and Measuring Integrated Solutions for Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development (part of the All Children Thriving platform)
  • New Interventions for Global Health

Applications for these new challenges will be accepted beginning on November 4, 2014. Please also note that we are still accepting applications for six Grand Challenges Explorations topics.

For links to more information on these challenges, please visit the grant opportunity page at,

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interest

Boren Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined.

Deadline: January 27th 2015

For more information, please refer to:

Boren Scholarships

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

Boren Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants should identify how their study abroad program, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined

Application deadline is February 4, 2015.

For more information please refer to:

Funding Opportunity: Information Sharing and Its Effect on Tracking Sex Offenders and Community Awareness

As part of a collaborative effort with and funding from the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing,  Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART), the National Institute of Justice  (NIJ) seeks creative and innovative proposals for research that examines how information  sharing, a key function of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORNA) Act, may  have evolved since its implementation.

Specifically, NIJ is interested in assessing how  information sharing has changed how criminal justice agents, for example, law enforcement,  public safety administrators, correctional administrators, and prosecutors, track, monitor, and  prosecute offenders; what types of information are collected and shared; how the public  accesses and uses information about sex offenders in their community; and the cost of inter- and intra-jurisdictional information sharing. This research will further the SMART Office’s  mission to monitor the impact of SORNA and NIJ’s goal of partnering with federal agencies to  improve knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science.

The  deadline to apply for funding under this announcement is 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 7,

For more information please refer to:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Opportunity in Global Health and Development

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 6, 2014 on the following topics:

•  New Ways of Working Together: Integrating Community-Based Interventions
•     Explore New Ways to Measure Fetal and Infant Brain Development
•    Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development
•     Inciting Healthy Behaviors: nudge, leapfrog, disrupt, reach
•     Novel Enabling Tools and Models Supporting the Development of Interventions for Severe Diarrhea and Enteric Dysfunction

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available at: