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Posted: 4/18/2022

Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science Grant

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its Grand Challenges partners established Grand Challenges to focus attention and effort on major global challenges, and to enable researchers to collaborate and address these in fast, innovative ways. ICODA – the International COVID-19 Data Alliance – is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges programme to pilot the Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science initiative, supported by the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator. This initiative seeks to support projects that harness the power of health data in a safe and trusted way to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic and have impact, as well as to enhance global health data responses to health challenges of the future.

ICODA and Grand Challenges are delighted to launch the new pilot Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science grant programme that will focus on addressing major questions about how to reduce the harm of COVID-19 and future pandemics.  The programme aims to unite data and develop processes, analytical tools and infrastructure to achieve rapid scientific progress and impact.

The initiative will be a pilot for the ongoing Grand Challenges that seek to develop global collaboration and innovative approaches to major health challenges. Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives, launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2003, to solve key global health and development problems. Selected projects will become part of ICODA’s portfolio of Driver Projects, helping to further develop processes, tools and infrastructure to accelerate scientific progress and foster collaboration between researchers and the public around the world.  This pilot will lead to a larger Grand Challenges Data Science call in late 2021, which will be led by global Grand Challenges partners.

The Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science grant programme will provide awards of up to US$100,000 for studies lasting for between 6-12 months, starting in mid-March 2021 onwards. In addition, successful applicants will have access to ICODA’s digital workbench, as well as technical and wider support from ICODA and its partners.

Proposals are welcomed from any country or region, with particular priority for those involving researchers and datasets from LMICs.

The Grand Challenges ICODA COVID-19 Data Science initiative launches on 17 December 2020. The deadline for initial submissions will be 19 January 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are invited from researchers working in healthcare, academia, industry or research foundations, and will be welcomed from any geography, with priority placed on proposals that involve researchers from LMICs.