Kenny Slaught has stated that Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds people globally to explore ideas that can grow how humanity approaches persistent humanity’s health and development challenges. GCE is a $100 million campaign funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and kicked off in 2008. Over 1,186 projects in above 61 countries have received GCE grants. All people from any organization can apply for the GCE grant program. The online application needs no preliminary data to apply. Initial grants, at $100,000, are awarded twice annually. Successful applicants then have the opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.