Future Büro receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Innovative Approach to Changing the Global Conversation About the Impact of Foreign Aid Investments.
Australian digital creative studio Future Büro announced today that it is the winner of a grant from the Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In collaboration with the British creative team Jack & Paul, the Sydney-based studio will use the grant funds to develop its concept for communicating the importance of investments that support global aid initiatives.
“We are truly thrilled to have been shortlisted by the Gates Foundation for a Grand Challenges Exploration grant” said Noel Wilson, Managing Director of Future Büro. “The opportunity it presents both professionally and personally is huge.”
“When Jack & Paul originally put forward the idea it was a no-brainer for us to get involved. The simplicity of the concept gives us great scope to execute it in ways which allow us to explore and play to our strengths.”
Chris Gillespie, Future Büro’s Creative Partner said “These kind of opportunities are very rare, where we have an extremely challenging brief, the financial support to make it happen and potentially make a big difference. Working with Jack and Paul has been inspiring and with the support of our Sydney team and our time with the Cannes Chimera in Seattle this month we hope to see the concept evolve into a fully fledged movement.”
Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds individuals worldwide who are taking innovative approaches to some of the world’s toughest and persistent global health and development challenges. GCE invests in the early stages of bold ideas that have real potential to help solve the problems people in the developing world face every day. Future Büro’s project is one of over 80 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 grants announced today by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“We continue to be impressed by the novelty and innovative spirit of the Grand Challenges Explorations grantees,” said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery and Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “These projects hold real potential to help improve the health of millions of people in the developing world, and ensure that everyone has the chance to live a healthy productive life.”
To receive funding, Future Büro and other Grand Challenges Explorations Round 9 winners demonstrated in a two-page online application a creative idea in one of five critical global heath and development topic areas that included agriculture development, immunization and communications. Applications for the current open round, Grand Challenges Explorations Round 10, will be accepted through November 7, 2012.
About Future Büro
Future Büro is an independent digital creative studio founded in 2008 by Chris Gillespie and Noel Wilson, specializing in design and development of screen-based media.
Thriving on briefs which present opportunities for creativity and technical challenges, they have produced highly engaging campaigns for a variety of local and international clients.
In their few years of existence they have already been instrumental in a number of digital based initiatives leading to accolades at D&AD, Cannes, AWARD and Spikes Asia.
Brands worked on include: Virgin Mobile, Electronic Arts, Red Bull, GE, V Australia, Coca Cola Amatil and TEDx.
About Grand Challenges Explorations
Grand Challenges Explorations is a US$100 million initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2008, over 700 people in 45 countries have received Grand Challenges Explorations grants. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any organization. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no preliminary data required. Initial grants of US$100,000 are awarded two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to US$1 million.