This just came out in my inbox and I though it might be useful to someone else needing funding.
Sponsor – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE)
Description – GCE supports hundreds of early-stage research projects - including many ideas that have never before been tested -- and scientists from a wide range of disciplines and regions. The Explorations initiative funds innovative ideas that could lead to new vaccines, diagnostics, drugs, and other technologies targeting diseases that claim millions of lives every year. This grant program is open to anyone from any discipline.
Proposals are currently being accepted on the following topics:
* Create new ways to protect against infectious disease
* Create low-cost diagnostics for priority global health conditions
* Create new ways to induce and measure mucosal immunity
* Create new technologies for contraception
Sponsor Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2009 (Full application receipt date)
I think you need to talk to your research coordinators and your college research office.