Type of Funding
The 2017 Children’s Prize is a contest for the best and most effective project proposal that will save and preserve the lives of children who would otherwise die before the age of 5. The winner will receive funding to carry out the project they propose, which must have a large impact on saving the lives of children, and hence the plan should scientifically be able to prove that the intervention is working. For example, it should scientifically prove that a large population is affected (e.g. tens of thousands of children) or a large change is made in child mortality rates (e.g. 20-80% reduction in under-5 mortality). Project proposals submitted may include, but are not limited to, intervention solutions in healthcare services, technology, education, infrastructure and agriculture.
More specifically, entries will be evaluated based on: 1) ability to impact rates within a child mortality indicator (U5MR, IMR, NMR, etc.); 2) effectiveness, innovation and scalability of the intervention approach within global health; 3) feasibility of the proposed lives-saved estimate; 4) probability of success; 5) ease of verification; and 6) inclusion of an impact assessment.
The 2017 Children’s Prize will award US$250,000 to 1 winner, as a grant for future work to directly implement the life-saving intervention that is outlined in the submitted proposal. The funds may only be used for charitable purposes. The Prize is not intended to reward past work or achievements.
Applicants can be non-profits (charities), for profits (companies), government programs, academic institutions, or individuals aged 18 years or older, from anywhere in the world. They have to be working with or for children, and with more funding, would be able to save more children’s lives. The timeframe in which they could save those lives has to be within 2 years.
Thus, applicants can for example, be child mortality researchers, epidemiologists, public health students or professionals. The Prize encourages research and academic professionals to partner with a practitioner to develop an application for the Prize.
Proposals will be judged according to how many lives they propose to save, how credible the plan and the proposer are, how directly the funds can be applied, the probability of success and the ease of verification.
Applications are to be done online by 27 June 2017.