Cannes Chimera is an offer of individual grants by The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help perfect creative ideas from Australia, Italy, The Netherlands and USA to change the world.
The grantees are part of the foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations initiative. This promotes innovation to overcome the most persistent challenges in global health and development. The grant programme, “Aid is Working. Tell the World”, calls for creative ideas that allow everyday people to understand why and how aid is being used.
The first ten grantees have been named. The second challenge is open now to applicants (until November 7th). Each grant is of $100,000. The Cannes Chimera (made up of the 2011 Cannes Lions Grand Prix winners) will partner with each grantee and provide mentoring as they develop their winning ideas and prepare for a chance at $1 million US in additional funding from the Gates Foundation to execute their project.
The second challenge calls for ideas in four specific submission categories:
Mobile: projects that will activate emerging mobile networks and engage cell phone users to build support in wealthy economies for development efforts where they are needed most.
Data: New analyses of existing data that can tell compelling stories about the impact development efforts are having around the world.
Young Audiences: Projects that will increase youth awareness of global development challenges to help them become informed advocates for solving these important development problems.
The Progress of Development: Proposals that show the virtuous cycle of development efforts: how the beneficiaries of aid are becoming self-sufficient, and how countries that were previously receiving aid are now providing it to other nations.
Anyone from any discipline may enter. There is a short two page application and no preliminary data is required. Applications are submitted online, and winning grants are chosen approximately four months from the submission deadline.
More information available at the CannesLions website.
Source: Australian Creative