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Emergency Response for the General Public Innovation Challenge

Grants to USA For-Profits, Nonprofits, and Groups
for Technologies to Support the Public During Emergencies

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Deadline Date:

06/12/20 11:59 PM EDT


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Grants to USA for-profits, nonprofits, consortia, and student groups to develop new technologies to inform and support the general public during a major health crisis such as natural disasters or the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding is intended for technologies that connect the public to resources, including healthcare, and that disseminate correct and timely information.

Digital health solutions are in a unique position to help consumers navigate information, find needed resources, and more during these difficult times. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic apps and digital tools are connecting individuals to emotional support, educational resources, and health care without person to person contact, helping to limit the spread of the virus.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189975

Number of Grants:

5 semi-finalists, 3 of whom will be chosen as finalists

Estimated Size of Grant:

Semi-finalists: $1,000 each
Third-place finalist: $5,000
Second-place finalist: $15,000
First-place finalist: $25,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The challenge is open to innovators and companies with a digital health tool at any stage of development.

Teams must be based in the United States to apply.

A team may be:
- For-profit company
- Nonprofit organization
- Consortium
- Student group

Pre-Application Information:

Applications Open: May 4th, 2020
Phase I Deadline: June 12th, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT
Phase II Deadline: August 18th, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT

Challenge Process:

Phase One:
- Submit a one-line overview of your technology, a slide deck, and a mock up
- Judges will evaluat and choose five semi-finalists to move on to phase two

Phase Two:
- Using the $1,000 awarded to semi-finalists, further develop your solution
- The five semi-finalists are evaluated again and three finalists are selected
- Finalists pitch their solutions live online
- Winners announced




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