Grant given for next-generation condom development

The department of radiology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) have won financial backing through the Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative, which will allow them to set to work developing a next-generation condom.

It has been reported they will put the grant from the scheme, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, towards using nanotechnology to create a condom that both prevents breakage and boasts improved efficacy in a bid to promote usage and the appeal of this kind of contraception.

The researchers also aim to produce an end-product that will not have an adverse effect on sensation - one reason that many people shun using condoms.

According to the scientists behind the venture, it is hoped the results of their work will "help convince more people to use condoms and potentially reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections".

The GCE programme aims to provide valuable funding to projects that set out to solve some of the world's greatest health problems. This proposal is just one of 80 making up round 11 of the GCE.