Health Security & Pandemics Challenge by MIT Solve ($10,000 grants)

MIT Solve Health Safety and Pandemics Challenge 2020 - 10000 USD grants

How can communities around the world prepare for, detect, and respond to emerging pandemics and health security threats?

Challenge Overview

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the latest in a series of infectious disease emergencies, including cholera, Ebola, SARS, Chikungunya, HIV/AIDS, and influenza. While scientists and drug developers, with support from governments and multilateral organizations, have been rushing to produce, test, and deliver vaccines and treatments, tech innovators also have a crucial role to play, both in the near term and to prevent and mitigate future disease outbreaks.

In the near term, we need improved solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response. MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support and protect health workers.

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At the same time, we cannot solely treat disease outbreaks reactively. Climate change and globalization leave us ever more vulnerable to future epidemics and pandemics, and it’s critical to be prepared. Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains.

Challenge Timeline

Challenge Opens: 5th March, 2020 at 18:00 EST

Deadline to Submit a Solution: 18th June, 2020 at 12:00 EDT

Solve Challenge Finals: 20 September, 2020 at 12:00 EDT

MIT Solve Health Safety and Pandemics Challenge Timeline
MIT Solve Health Safety and Pandemics Challenge Timeline


Solver Funding

All solutions selected for Solve’s five current Global Challenges will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve. Solver teams will be selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly week in New York City on September 20, 2020.

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In addition to Solve funding, the following prizes are available to Solver teams selected for the Health Security & Pandemics Challenge. To be considered for a prize, complete the prize-specific question within the application. You do not need to meet these requirements to apply to the Health Security & Pandemics Challenge:

The Elevate Prize for Health Security

The Elevate Prize for Health Security will be awarded to one Solver team from the Health Security & Pandemics Challenge. This prize is supported by The Elevate Prize Foundation, which recognizes that there are heroes all over the world who are putting their health and safety at risk to treat those who are infected and to save lives. Now more than ever, it is critical to recognize and uplift those who are elevating humanity.

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The Solver team that is selected will be named an Elevate Prize Global Hero and will participate in both the MIT Solver program and the Elevate Prize Global Heroes program, receiving a minimum of $300,000 over two years and ongoing support from The Elevate Prize Foundation and MIT Solve. Read the Eligibility Requirements for The Elevate Prize.

More Details and Application

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