As part of the eleventh Grand Challenges Exploration initiative, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants participants to create the “next generation condom.” Male condoms are, for the most part, effective, inexpensive, and easy to use, but still hold the perceived stigma of reducing the user’s sexual pleasure. The Grand Challenges Initiative is asking participants to create a new condom that preserves or even enhances pleasure in order to encourage more people around the world to use them regularly. The Initiative is also seeking out designs for male and female condoms that are better packaged and significantly easier to use. Proposals will be accepted through May 7th, and successful projects will receive funding from the Gates Foundation.
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