In 2003, the foundation launched Grand Challenges, a global health and development initiative that fosters scientific and technological innovation to solve key problems in the developing world. To date, over 2,000 projects from 80 countries, including 23 projects from Chinese innovators, have won Grand Challenges grants totaling more than US$1 billion.

The Grand Challenges China program was launched in early 2016 in collaboration with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), where the foundation and NSFC jointly select and fund scientific and technological research projects focused on tackling major infectious diseases, reducing maternal and child mortality, strengthening translation capacity, advancing agriculture, food and nutrition outcomes, and alleviating challenges in other key areas that will benefit people in need in both China and beyond. So far, the program has rewarded four projects focused on innovative TB drug and vaccine research, as well as structure-based HIV vaccine design.

To learn more or to apply for a Grand Challenges grant, visit www.grandchallenges.org.