The Children's Prize: $250,000 for life-saving initiatives

The 2015 Children’s Prize is now accepting 1st round proposals globally through Friday, June 12, 2015.

The 2015 Children's Prize seeks the best and most effective project that proposes to save the greatest number of children's lives with $250,000.


Are you an engineer, doctor, scientist, entrepreneur, or innovator who is dedicated to child health? Do you have a solution that offers a life-saving opportunity to children under age five who are dying from preventable and treatable causes? Then consider participating in the 2015 Children’s Prize, an Internet-based competition that incentivizes potential applicants from across the globe to propose effective solutions that will result in the survival of more children under the age of five.

Today, over 6 million children do not reach five years of age and instead continue to die, needlessly. Some of the leading causes of death include preterm birth complications, pneumonia, intrapartum-related complications, diarrhea, and malaria. Applicants from all walks of life, and from all over the world, are asked to submit a proposal outlining how they plan to save the lives of children, who would otherwise die from treatable and preventable causes, and include a science-based approach to measuring and evaluating the impact of lives saved. One winner will be awarded $250,000 USD to directly execute their proposed project.

“Under-five child mortality remains unacceptably high. Our goal with the Children’s Prize is to level the playing field and offer an opportunity to an individual or organization that wants to be part of the solution and help improve the lives of children who currently have no chance of survival,” says Aleyda K. Mejia, who leads the Children’s Prize program as Director of Global Health and Social Ventures at CappSci. Applicants are expected to come from diverse backgrounds that range from health to engineering disciplines, and may include medical clinics, NGOs, municipalities, universities, businesses, etc. The prize is not focused on funding a specific type of child health intervention; all types of under-five child health interventions are eligible.

Registration officially opened on Monday, April 27, 2015, and submissions will be accepted through Friday, June 12, 2015 11:59 PM EST. The entry form application and all relevant competition information can be found via the website. In order to be considered, all materials submitted to the Children’s Prize must be in English.


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