COVID-19 – May 13th, 2020
Call for proposal Innovation Fund – SBIR in developing markets: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger and Uganda
Deadline: 18 May 2020 9:00
Although in Africa the number of known COVID-19 cases is still relatively small the number can increase in the coming period. A health crisis of significant proportions looms as health systems are insufficiently equipped to deal with Corona patients (at a distance) and maintain the regular healthcare. Aggravated by the lockdowns imposed by governments that lack reliable data to take evidence-based decisions. On the economic front, the impact of global and local lockdowns on formal and informal sector jobs and livelihoods is enormous, hitting the poorest and most vulnerable the hardest.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands challenges entrepreneurs, companies and organizations to develop innovative products and services that can support the COVID-19 approach itself and the collateral damage on public health caused by prevention measures taken. This includes the mitigation of some socio-economic consequences.
The Ministry is looking for entrepreneurs, companies and organizations that can quickly adapt existing solutions or technologies to the country-specific contexts in co-creation with (a) local partner(s) in the countries to which this call is directed (Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Ethiopia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger and Uganda). Solutions must have the potential to be rapidly deployed at scale. The Ministry specifically encourages entrepreneurs, companies and organizations that have networks and established activities in various low- and middle-income countries and therefore are able to develop and implement innovative solutions in multiple countries simultaneously to submit proposals. Proposals directed at multiple countries should include at least one of the aforementioned focus countries. Please note that the national COVID-19 response plans of the 8 mentioned countries are available on the SBIR website.
The Ministry is looking for solutions that can be applied by (semi-) public organizations or widely accessible private entities. Preferably, demand for the solution has been identified and a potential buyer and end-user are already in the picture.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is looking for innovative solutions and invites entrepreneurs, companies and organizations to submit proposals for the following three sub-themes:
Subtheme 1: Strengthening primary health care systems
Subtheme 2: Epidemiological intelligence for policy and political decision makers
Subtheme 3: Access to health care and social financial support programmes