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Competition for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits, For-Profits,
and Individuals to Improve Healthcare in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Novel Measurement for Performance Improvement Challenge

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - MIT Solve and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Conf. Date:

07/12/22

Deadline Date:

08/09/22 8:00 PM EDT

Description:

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Competition for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid organizations and individuals to discover solutions that improve healthcare in low- and middle-income countries. Funding is available for both early-stage and growth-stage solutions. Winning applicants will also receive support programming through the WFP Innovation Accelerator to continue testing and building out their solutions.

MIT Solve, in collaboration with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, seeks solutions that will offer new ways of measuring primary health care performance improvement in low- and middle-income countries. To that end, this Challenge seeks novel and improved methods that:

  • Employ unconventional or proxy data sources to inform primary health care performance improvement;
  • Provide improved measurement methods that are low cost, fit-for-purpose, shareable across information systems, and streamlined for data collectors;
  • Leverage existing systems, networks, and workflows to streamline the collection and interpretation of data to support meaningful use of primary health care data;
  • Provide actionable, accountable, and accessible insights for health care providers, administrators, and/or funders that can be used to optimize the performance of primary health care; and
  • Balance the opportunity for frontline health workers to participate in performance improvement efforts with their primary responsibility as care providers.

This Challenge seeks solutions that stand to advance the way that primary health care performance improvement happens in low- and middle-income countries.

Funding is available for early-stage and growth-stage solutions:

  • Early-stage solutions include:
    • Concept: An idea being explored for its feasibility to build a product, service, or business model based on that idea.
    • Prototype: A solution or organization that is building and testing its product, service, or business model. If for-profit, a new company getting off the ground that has raised little or no institutional capital (less than $500,000) in pre-seed fundraising.
    • Pilot: A solution or organization that is deploying a tested product, service, or business model in at least one community. If for-profit, a young company that is working to gain traction and that has raised less than $2 million in institutional capital in seed funding.
  • Growth stage solutions include:
    • Growth: A solution or organization with an established product, service, or business model rolled out in one or, ideally, several communities, which is poised for further growth in multiple communities or countries. If for-profit, an early-stage company that has established a track record and is seeking to raise a round of roughly $2 million to $15 million in institutional capital in a Series A or potentially B round.
    • Scale: A solution or organization that is working in several communities or countries. It is looking to scale significantly, focusing on increased efficiency. If for-profit, a successful company that is scaling its operations and seeks to raise a round of more than $15 million in institutional capital. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 204472

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000

Number of Grants:

Up to eight selected solutions.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $100,000 is available for up to four early-stage solutions and $400,000 is available for up to four growth-stage solutions.
- The cohort of selected winners will receive support programming through the WFP Innovation Accelerator to continue testing and building out their solutions.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone, anywhere around the world can submit a solution to this Challenge. Applicants can be an individual, a team, or an organization. Solutions can be any type of organization, including but not limited to non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid organizations. However, US law prevents MIT Solve from awarding funds to persons ordinarily resident in Iran, Cuba, Syria, North Korea, or Crimea and to parties subject to economic sanctions by the US Treasury Department.

In order to ensure that selected solutions are appropriate and practical for use in these countries, the Challenge does not seek solutions that:
- Require a high level of connectivity or bandwidth;
- Have been primarily designed for use in high-income countries; and/or
- Focus only on data collection.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Clinic: Novel Measurement for Performance Improvement Challenge
July 12, 2022

Register here to join the session on Tuesday, July 12: 11am-12pm EDT (New York time) to learn more about the Challenge, selection criteria, funding, and more: https://share.hsforms.com/1mLx6bTlKR7OLe6noH2l5VA3bw7v

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to submit: August 9, 2022, 8:00 PM EDT

Timeline:
Accepting Solutions -
- Challenge Open: April 12, 2022, 7:00 AM EDT
- Deadline to Submit: August 9, 2022, 8:00 PM EDT

Evaluating Solutions -
- Finalists Announced: September 23, 2022, 5:00 PM EDT

Solutions: https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/performance-improvement/solutions#challenge-subnav-offset
Judging: https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/performance-improvement/judges#challenge-subnav-offset
Prize and Eligibility: https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/performance-improvement/custom/eligibility#challenge-subnav-offset
How to Apply: https://solve.mit.edu/how-to-apply-to-a-challenge

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application: https://solve.mit.edu/login?selected_challenge_id=140

For questions, contact:
Sara Monteabaro
sara.monteabaro@solve.mit.edu

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