US$ 100,000 grants are available for innovative non-networked sanitation technologies for the urban poor. “Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies” is one of topics in Round 7 of Grand Challenges Explorations, a US$ 100 million grant initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Proposals are being accepted through May 19, 2011 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time.
The sanitation call focuses on four specific challenges:
- Unhygienic and inadequate pit/tank emptying and extraction;
- Recovery of energy from communities’ fecal sludge;
- Inappropriate sanitation solutions for areas challenged by an abundance of water (e.g. communities that face seasonal flooding, high groundwater tables, riparian or tidal communities, etc.);
- Easy to clean, attractive and affordable latrine pan / squatting platform technologies that enhance latrines
Proposed ideas must ultimately be designed for low income urban settings such as slums, informal and formal peri-urban settings, or dense rural settings in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia where demand for fecal sludge emptying and treatment are high.
Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million.
Innovations can be new ideas or important improvements to existing solutions. Proposals must provide an underlying rationale, a testable hypothesis, and an associated plan for how the idea would be tested or validated.
Proposals are being accepted online at www.grandchallenges.org/explorations.
Read the application instructions.
Read full details of the Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies challenge
Source: Gates Foundation press release, 15 Mar 2011