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Gates Foundation launches 2nd round of reinvent the toilet challenge

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting innovators to send letters of inquiry for the second round of the Reinvent The Toilet Challenge

The Foundation is calling for a new set of innovative ideas to support their effort to reinvent the toilet. Grants will be awarded to exceptionally highly-qualified research groups interested in contributing to major advances in human sanitation in the developing world. These R&D efforts will comprise a new phase of the Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: fast-paced designing, prototyping and demonstrating-in-operation of entirely stand-alone, self-contained, eminently-practical sanitation modules which intake bodily wastes and swiftly dispose of them definitively – without any incoming water piping, outgoing sewer piping or electric or gas utility services. These modules must intake all outputs of the serviced population – ultimately at single-residence scales – with minimal module footprints and assured biosafety. Thus, chemical and mechanical engineering approaches are preferred.

Letters of inquiry are being accepted online until Thursday, 10th May 10 2012, 10:00 am Pacific Standard Time.

See a full description of the topic and application instructions.

Date: 24 April 2012