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    Launch of the "Birth Day Prize"

    Published on 03 May 2016
    Author: Sasha Hugentobler, National Contact Point Health

    This cash prize will award up to three innovators for identifying and implementing the most effective solutions to prevent death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

    The European Commission, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation today launched the "Birth Day Prize" (press release/website).

    This cash prize will award up to three innovators for identifying and implementing the most effective solutions to prevent death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Proposed solutions can be of a clinical, technological or managerial nature and need to be novel, safe and scalable.

    The European Commission will commit €1 million under the EU's research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. In addition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged another €1 million, while the Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation will donate €500,000. More details and the rules of the contest are available online.

    Contestants are able to apply from 28 April 2016 to 6 September 2017 and the winners (up to three) of the prize will be known at the end of 2017.