Combating Zika and Future Threats – A Grand Challenge for Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) invites global problem solvers to answer the call for groundbreaking ideas to enhance our ability to respond to the current Zika outbreak and generate cutting-edge technologies and approaches that better prepare the world to address the disease threats of tomorrow.

The Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge will invest up to $30 million in solutions that can help mitigate the spread and impact of the Zika virus by filling critical gaps in the pipeline and improve our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks. The Challenge seeks innovative ideas that address key challenges and opportunities in vector control, personal and household protection, healthcare worker safety, surveillance, clinic and laboratory systems, diagnostics, sample transport, community engagement, and healthcare worker tools.

Learn more and answer the call for innovative ideas.

  • Visit their webpage for more information and download a copy of the call for ideas.
  • Submit an Idea: USAID will begin accepting applications on April 29, with Zika-focused submissions due by 5:00 p.m. on May 20, 2016, and all other submissions due by 5:00 p.m. on June 17, 2016.
  • Read the press release: USAID Announces $30 Million Grand Challenge to Combat Zika and Future Disease Threats.
  • Join the conversation! Follow @USAIDGH on Twitter and use the hashtag #CombatZika.
  • Spread the word! Share this notice with a broad range of experts in a variety of disciplines.

Your imagination can help spark transformational change and accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against combating Zika and future health threats. Together, we can transform insurmountable development challenges into solvable problems.