The Polio Research Committee’s Call for Proposals, from Bill Gates Foundation

Polio eradication is a top priority for the Bill & Melinda  Gates Foundation. We aim to contribute to global polio eradication by working with partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.


The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is a  public-private partnership led by national governments  and spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention (CDC), and the United Nations Children?s  Fund (UNICEF). Its goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.


We are writing to let you know that the Polio Research Committee is now accepting grant proposals to support the implementation and evaluation of the Global Polio  Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategic Plan 2010-2012. Research proposals are invited from independent  institutions/investigators, private corporations and GPEI staff (e.g., EPI managers).


Grant proposals are being accepted online until  July 31, 2011 on the following topics:

1. Operational research

2. Communication research

3. Evaluation of improving and utilizing inactivated  polio vaccine (IPV)

4. Improving routine immunization activities with
GPEI infrastructure

5. Improving acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance



Full descriptions of the topics and application instructions are available at:



The Polio Research Committee is looking forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world. If  you have a great idea, apply. If you know someone  else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.



Please direct any questions about this grant  opportunity to: [email protected]

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