Global Grand Challenges: Metagenomic Next Generation Sequencing to Detect, Identify, and Characterize Pathogens

Funding Agency:
Gates (Bill & Melinda) Foundation

Next generation sequencing (NGS) has proven to be indispensable in the current SARS-CoV2 pandemic, from pathogen discovery to variant characterization to novel vaccine development in record-time. This approach to using NGS underscores the potential value of this technology and its application to many other diseases from Ebola to cholera to Pathogen X. Building upon the success of previous Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (CZ Biohub) Grand Challenges collaborations, this year's opportunity will continue to offer exceptional opportunities for capacity building, on-going mentorship and the foundations of scientific, collaborative networks to detect, identify, and characterize pathogens. The ultimate goal will be to impact infectious disease decision making and public health by empowering local scientists with gold standard knowledge, experience and access to equipment and software.

Through this Grand Challenge, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will jointly offer funding for 10 scientific groups to explore the identification, characterization, and context of infectious disease in LMIC settings.

Deadline; Jan. 13, 2022

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Amount Description

Funding level: up to USD $200,000 for each project, with a grant term of up to 24 months depending on the scope of the project.

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International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

January 13, 2022