Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, seeks to support the development of innovative, new sanitation technologies, products, and services. The program’s goal is to develop sustainable sanitation solutions that can address the many challenges facing poor and vulnerable urban and rural populations in India and the developing world. These challenges include suppressing the flow of pathogens into the environment, improving users’ acceptance and experience, and developing solutions that are easy to maintain and operate in resource poor settings and that complement existing sanitation infrastructure.
This Request for Proposals is specific to India and open to anyone who is interested in applying. Grants will be to innovators who are Indian individuals or Indian entities, but we encourage partnerships with researchers in other countries, especially where the opportunity exists to build on established collaborations.
The goal of the “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge – India” is to fund a portfolio of Indian-led pilot projects that seek to contribute innovations that can be incorporated into a next generation toilet that will reduce the burden of excreta-related disease and improve the lives of the poor. The aim is to expand the use of toilet and sanitation technologies that do not connect to a sewer, as this is by far the most common approach used by the poor.
About Grand Challenges India
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with India’s Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) have launched Grand Challenges India, a partnership framework for joint programs.
This partnership aims to support initiatives that could dramatically change the health and development landscape in India and leverage Indian innovations to support other countries facing similar challenges.
The partnership identifies the following priorities for cooperation:
1) reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity;
2) scientific and technical solutions for infectious diseases;
3) strengthening India’s scientific translation capacity;
4) scientific and technical advances related to agriculture, and
5) scientific advancement in food and nutrition.