Jefferson researcher Milosz Faber, PhD, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology was one of 81 winners of new Grand Challenges Explorations grants funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The prestigious grants of $100,000 are intended to incubate “innovation in global health research.”
The Gates Foundation “committed $100 million to encourage scientists worldwide to expand the pipeline of ideas to fight our greatest health challenges.”
Winners of the phase 1 $100,000 grant become eligible for phase 2 funding of up to $1 million.
The foundation funded Dr. Faber’s project entitled “development of a single dose contraceptive rabies vaccine.”
The goal is to develop a vaccine to prevent rabies for dogs which are often associated with human rabies cases. Rabies leads to an estimated 70,000 deaths a year and affects some 15 million people, many of whom are children.
The Gates Foundation grants were reported by WHYY’s Newsworks. You can read more online here.