Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission and role of the Gates MRI?

The Gates MRI is aligned with the purpose of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and guided by the vision that every person deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy and productive life. The Gates MRI actively and continuously engages directly in medical research in conjunction with one or more hospitals for the purpose of addressing major causes of illness and death in low-and middle-income countries. The Gates MRI works to capitalize on innovations in medical research, employing rigorous approaches to research and development, to identify pharmaceutical product candidates that address diseases disproportionately burdening the world’s poorest regions.

What is the relationship between the Gates MRI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation?

  • The Gates MRI is an affiliate of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is funded by the foundation.
  • The Gates MRI is aligned with the vision of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and guided by the belief that all lives have equal value.
  • The institute’s programs are focused on disease and health areas of primary focus at the foundation. The interventions under study and development are derived from sources both within and external to the foundation.

Where is the Gates MRI located?

The Gates MRI is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Where can I find more information or inquire about job opportunities?

Further information about job opportunities and other updates about the Gates MRI can be found on the organization’s careers page. If you would like to submit your resume to our human resources department, please send to

How large is the Gates MRI? How many employees does Gates MRI have?

The Gates MRI is a non-profit medical research organization dedicated to the development and effective use of novel biomedical interventions addressing substantial global health concerns, for which investment incentives are limited. We operate with approximately 125 employees.

Does the Gates MRI provide research grants?

No, the Gates MRI is a non-profit medical research organization.  We do not make grants.

Does the Gates MRI accept donations?

The Gates MRI does not solicit or accept donations from the public. We are proud of our mission to develop products to fight malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrheal diseases, and encourage people who share our mission to donate to causes aligned with their values.

Do you have a pool of product candidates to research? What is the Gates MRI pipeline of programs?

The team at Gates MRI has a number of programs in our development pipeline. See our pipeline on the Research Priorities Page.

How does the Gates MRI share its findings?

The Gates MRI adheres to the foundation’s global access and open access policies.

  • Global Access, a core value of the foundation, rests on two principles: (a) prompt and broad dissemination of knowledge and information; and (b) access to products at an affordable price to people most in need. Gates MRI manages our research activities in accordance with Global Access to ensure impact for its intended beneficiaries.
  • Open Access enables unrestricted access and reuse of all peer-reviewed published research that has been funded by the foundation, including underlying data sets, and removes the publisher pay wall for access to this information.

How will the Gates MRI ensure that products developed by the organization will be made available to the world’s poorest populations at an acceptable volume and affordable price?

The Gates MRI will adhere to the foundation’s Global Access policy. Organizations that partner with the foundation agree to Global Access, which requires that the knowledge and information gained from a funded project will be promptly and broadly disseminated, and that funded developments will be made available and accessible at an affordable price to people in need within LMICs.