Grand Challenges in Global Health

Press Release
September 5, 2013

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Show Us a Great Idea, We’ll Show You $100,000
$100,000 Grants Available for New Ideas to: Encourage The World’s Poorest People to Seek Health Care, Develop a New Condom, and Reduce Diarrhea, One of the Biggest Killers of Children on the Planet
SEATTLE–The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is accepting applications for the latest of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, a ground-breaking grant program encouraging bold approaches aimed at improving the lives of the world’s poorest people. The simple, online, two-page application is open to creative thinkers from any discipline or any organization.

“We continue to push for a regular stream of fresh ideas to help overcome persistent health and development challenges,” said Chris Wilson, Director of Global Health Discovery & Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Innovative thinking fuels the progress needed to overcome obstacles the world faces to pull people out of poverty.”

Grand Challenges Explorations encourages proposals from individuals or groups with anything to offer, from anywhere in the world, and seeks to uncover cross-discipline approaches. Since its launch in 2008, the program has funded more than 850 grants in 50 countries.

To learn more about the topics in this round, visit Proposals are being accepted through November 12, 2013.

The Gates Foundation and an independent group of reviewers selects the most promising proposals, and grants will be awarded within approximately four months from the proposal submission deadline. Initial grants are $100,000 each. Projects demonstrating potential will have the opportunity to receive additional funding up to $1 million.


About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other lifesaving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. To learn more, visit You can also join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog


The University of the Philippines Manila College of Nursing is proud to be the host for the 17th EAFONS on February 20-21, 2014. On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to extend our warm welcome to you and invite you all to attend the conference in Manila, Philippines.

In this Forum, we are establishing a platform for sharing nursing knowledge with colleagues from other parts of the world. The EAFONS will address a range of themes that are critical to the advancement of Doctoral programmes for nurses in the region of East Asia.

We look forward to have the honor of welcoming you all to Manila, Philippines during the conference.

Abstracts for papers or poster presentation related to the following
thematic priorities are invited:

Graduate education in the region
Graduate education models and systems
Faculty development and mentorship
Partnership models
Noncommunicable and chronic diseases, maternal and child health,
technological comptency, gerontology


Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The following instructions serve as guidelines for submission. An abstract will not be considered for presentation if it does not meet the guidelines below.

1. Abstracts must be submitted in ENGLISH language only on 01 September to 10 December 2013.

2. Authors are required to submit abstracts , using the Microsoft Word template and send to the Abstract Review Committee via abstractreview.17eafonsmanila@gmail, or by clicking the link “Submit a manuscript” in the right pane of this page. Abstracts sent by post or fax will not be accepted.

3. Abstracts are categorized into two: (1) Professional Research – papers done by graduate students and professionals, and (2) Student Research – refer to papers done by B.S. Nursing students. Please indicate at the bottom of your abstract its corresponding category.

4. Abstracts should be prepared in the following format: (please refer to attachment for the abstract submission template)
Title – It should be in BOLD BLOCK CAPITALS. The title should be no more than 25 words.
Authors – Type the given name followed by the surname, degrees and titles. Underline the presenting author. The name(s) of the author(s) should be followed by the name of the institution(s) and country.
Content – Abstracts should be organized under four headings:
Length – the abstract (excluding title, names and institution) should not exceed 300 words.
Format – Abstracts must be typed in black using Times New Roman with 12-point font size. Single line spacing should be used. Only standard abbreviations are allowed. References are not required.
Please put a check mark indicating your preference for paper presentation, whether poster or oral presentation. You may check “Either”, indicating that preference is either way. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to give the final decision for the mode of presentation for each abstract. (Note: Poster guidelines will be issued upon notification of accepted abstracts)

5. The materials in the abstract should be original work, with the focus of the abstract clearly stated. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the information in the abstract.

6. For authors submitting more than one abstract, each abstract must be submitted separately.

7. Submitting authors will be notified of the receipt of their submission by email. Authors who do not receive acknowledgement of receipt of submitted abstract(s) should contact the Secretariat.

8. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee; its decisions about acceptance of an abstract and assignment to a session are final.

9. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their abstracts as soon as possible but not later than 15 January 2014.

10. For an abstract to be included in the conference proceedings, registration and payment of fees by the author must be completed by 31 January 2014.

11. The committee reserves the right to make minor revisions, when applicable, to accepted abstracts for inclusion in the conference proceedings. Your submission signifies agreement to this.
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