Updated Oct 29, 2020

Integrating Tradition and Technology for Fermented Foods for Maternal Nutrition

Offered by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Beyond many of the well-known examples of microbial fermentation, the vast majority of fermentation processes around the world remain uncharacterized and their potential human health benefits are unknown. These ancient practices may hold the key to impactful and locally targeted nutritional interventions that combine tradition and science to tackle malnutrition. Rigorous scientific evaluation has been limited and characterization to understand potential benefits could be pursued to validate and underscore the importance of preserving this cultural heritage.

What we are looking for

This call seeks to fund pilot studies that investigate the biological effect of traditional locally fermented foods on key microbiome, gut, and health biomarkers in local populations. The goal is to provide investigators in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with the resources to build local capacity to investigate fermented foods as novel maternal nutrition interventions. In particular, sequencing technology – a transformative tool that has enabled in-depth investigation of microbial communities – will be provided to all investigators to democratize the ability to investigate foods and health effects, and build local capacity. Ultimately, the goal is to empower local communities to develop geography and culture specific interventions powered by fermentation, in country.
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Jan 06, 2021Deadline
Up to $200,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasTransport & Supply Chains
Maternal Newborn and Child Health (Health)
Infectious & Vector Diseases (Health)
Nutrition (Health)
Grand Challenges is open to both foreign and domestic organizations, including non-profit organizations, for- profit companies, international organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. Individuals and organizations classified as individuals for U.S. tax purposes are not eligible to receive an award from the foundation as part of the Grand Challenges initiative.

Application Directions

We encourage you to consult the Application Instructions for detailed guidance. These instructions can be found under “Supporting Materials” on the challenge page and proposal and budget templates can be found within the application portal. You are required to submit either a Microsoft Word® or PDF document. Please do not include a cover sheet with your proposal. A cover sheet will be automatically generated from your application data.


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