Type of Funding

Grant
Prize

Frequency

Annual

Description

The Solve Community by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is inviting solvers and innovators around the world to submit entries to MIT Solve’s 2019 Global Challenges in the following 4 categories:

  • Circular Economy: How can people create and consume goods that are renewable, repairable, reusable, and recyclable?
  • Community-Driven Innovation: How can citizens and communities create and improve social inclusion and shared prosperity?
  • Early Childhood Development: How can all children under five develop the critical learning and cognitive skills they need to reach their full potential?
  • Healthy Cities: How can urban residents design and live in environments that promote physical and mental health?

Benefits

All solutions selected for Solve’s 4 2019 Global Challenges will receive a US$10,000 grant funded by Solve.

Circular Economy – In addition to Solve funding, Solver teams who also fulfill the criteria below are eligible for the following prizes and partnerships:

  • AI Innovations Prize: for solutions propelled by advanced computing techniques or which leverage artificial intelligence to address the Challenge. Up to US$500,000 grant will be given.
  • Innovation for Women Prize: for solutions that use innovative technology to improve the quality of life for women and girls. Up to US$75,000 will be granted across up to 3 Solver teams selected to receive the prize, from amongst the 4 Challenges.
  • Innospark Ventures Prize: for AI-based solutions from across the cybersecurity, education, healthcare, life sciences, and business services sectors focused in the United States. Up to US$100,000 will be granted to up to 4 eligible Solver teams from across any of Solve’s current Global Challenges.

Community-Driven Innovation – In addition to Solve funding, Solver teams who also fulfill the criteria below are eligible for the following prizes and partnerships:

  • AI Innovations Prize: for solutions that are propelled by advanced computing techniques or that leverage artificial intelligence to address the Challenge. Up to US$500,000 will be granted across several recipients selected from any of Solve’s 4 Global Challenges.
  • GM Prize on Community-Driven Innovation: for solutions that foster prosperity and social mobility for underrepresented community members, including through STEM education. Up to US$50,000 will be granted to 2 Solver teams within the Community-Driven Innovation Challenge.
  • Innovation for Women Prize: for solutions that use innovative technology to improve the quality of life for women and girls. Up to US$75,000 will be granted across up to 3 Solver teams selected from any of Solve’s 4 Global Challenges.
  • Innovation for Refugee Inclusion Prize: for solutions that use innovation to advance economic, financial, and political inclusion of refugees in their hosting communities. Up to US$50,000 will be granted to 1 or more recipients selected from the Community Driven Innovation Challenge.
  • Innospark Ventures Prize: for AI-based solutions from across the cybersecurity, education, healthcare, life sciences, and business services sectors focused in the United States. Up to US$100,000 will be granted to up to 4 Solver teams from across any of Solve’s 4 Global Challenges.

Early Childhood Development – In addition to Solve funding, Solver teams who also fulfill the criteria below are eligible for the following prizes and partnerships:

  • AI Innovations Prize: for solutions that are propelled by advanced computing techniques or that leverage artificial intelligence to address the Challenge. Up to US$500,000 will be granted across several recipients selected from any of Solve’s 4 Global Challenges.
  • Innovation for Women Prize: for solutions that use innovative technology to improve the quality of life for women and girls. Up to US$75,000 will be granted across up to 3 Solver teams selected from any of Solve’s 4 Global Challenges.
  • Innospark Ventures Prize: for AI-based solutions from across the cybersecurity, education, healthcare, life sciences, and business services sectors focused in the United States. Up to US$100,000 will be granted to up to 4 Solver teams from across any of Solve’s 4 Global Challenges.

Healthy Cities – In addition to Solve funding, Solver teams who also fulfill the criteria below are eligible for the following prizes and partnerships:

  • AI Innovations Prize: for solutions that are propelled by advanced computing techniques or that leverage artificial intelligence to address the Challenge. Up to US$500,000 will be granted across several recipients selected from any of Solve’s 4 Global Challenges.
  • Innovating Together for Healthy Cities Prize: for projects that focus on preventing or managing infectious disease or vector-borne illness in cities or slums. The selected solution could, for example, leverage technology, a new application of an existing technology, or a process innovation that improves coordination, communication, or systems efficiency to achieve its goal. Solutions that take a holistic or multifaceted approach to solving the problem are strongly preferred. Solutions must discuss how community engagement has been central to their design process. One prize recipient will receive US$75,000.
  • Everytown for Gun Safety Prize: for holistic, community-based solutions that use technology to make cities safer are eligible for up to US$100,000 in grant funding.
  • Innovation for Women Prize: for solutions that use innovative technology to improve the quality of life for women and girls. Up to US$75,000 will be granted across up to 3 Solver teams selected from any of Solve’s 4 Global Challenges.
  • Innospark Ventures Prize: Innospark Ventures Prize: for AI-based solutions from across the cybersecurity, education, healthcare, life sciences, and business services sectors focused in the United States. Up to US$100,000 will be granted to up to 4 Solver teams from across any of Solve’s 4 Global Challenges.

Eligibility

Circular Economy – Solutions should enable:

  • Increased and equitable production of renewable and recyclable raw materials for products and packaging;
  • Design and production of mass-market clothing and apparel that are recycled and recyclable or biodegradable at end of life;
  • New business models that encourage extending the lifetime of products rather than frequent purchases; and
  • Recycling of complex products like electronics.

Community-Driven Innovation – Solutions should:

  • Support communities to participate meaningfully in designing and determining solutions around critical services including housing and transportation;
  • Make governments, corporations, and other institutions more accountable, transparent, and responsive to citizen feedback;
  • Create or advance equitable and inclusive economic growth across geographies and demographics; and
  • Ensure all citizens can overcome barriers to civic participation and inclusion, including expanding access to information, internet, digital literacy, and services.

Early Childhood Development – Solutions should:

  • Reduce barriers to healthy physical, mental, and emotional development for all children, particularly among vulnerable populations and those affected by conflict;
  • Enable parents and caregivers to support their children’s overall development and provide positive and safe surroundings;
  • Promote exploration, early literacy skills, and language experimentation in preparation for primary school; and
  • Decrease inequalities, including stereotypes and discrimination based on gender, religion, race, or class, among children beginning at birth.

Healthy Cities – Solutions should be focused on improving the mental and physical health of people in cities and slums by:

  • Preventing infectious disease outbreaks and vector-borne illnesses caused by overcrowding, poor sanitation, and dirty water;
  • Reducing the incidence of non-communicable diseases caused by air pollution, lack of physical activity, or unhealthy food;
  • Promoting physical safety by decreasing incidents of violence or transportation accidents; and
  • Enabling equitable access to affordable and effective health services, especially through community health workers and clinics, for those most underserved.

Application

Applications are to be done online by 1 July 2019.

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