Apply Now: Grand Challenge Competition for Innovations in Public Health Emergencies

Mar 6, 2024 | News

Firefly Innovations, the premier public health entrepreneurship platform of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, in partnership with the New York City Pandemic Response Institute (PRI) announce the Grand Challenge Competition for Innovations in Public Health Emergencies

The competition seeks to identify the most promising ideas and technological solutions for public health emergencies – from pandemics to climate change – within the following focus areas:

  • Access to Care and Social Service Solutions that improve the ability to fill critical needs during public health emergencies
  • Community Engagement & Communications Solutions which enhance the ability to reach and mobilize the public
  • Data Sharing, Analytics, Modeling, & Forecasting Solutions which increase the prediction and shared understanding of public health emergencies
  • Diagnostic Solutions which address access gaps and advance point of care, laboratory, or other testing efforts

Submissions are required to include an emphasis on Health Equity, & Social Determinants of Health and submissions in the areas of Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning are highly encouraged.  

Winning ideas will receive:

  • Up to ten $500 prizes for the top ideas
  • Opportunities to connect with multidisciplinary researchers at Columbia University and the City University of New York
  • Invitation to apply for a seed grant for R&D
  • An invitation to pitch at the PRI Innovation Forum

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2024. Multiple idea submissions are allowed.