Immunization Data: Innovating for Action (IDIA) Program

Organisation:  BIRAC

Apply By:  15 Jan . 2018

Immunization Data: Innovating for Action (IDIA) Program

Grand Challenges India

In 2012, the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), where both parties agreed to collaborate on scientific and technological research to alleviate some of the world’s most critical global health and development issues, for the benefit of the people of India and other developing countries.

This partnership seeks to identify opportunities to initiate and promote scientific and technological research in the country, to provide India-specific solutions for the country, which can then be adapted for use in other developing countries. Specifically, the partnership focuses on encouraging research and exploring avenues to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity; developing scientific and technical solutions for infectious diseases; strengthening India’s scientific translation capacity; developing scientific and technical advances related to agriculture, food and nutrition, among others

Programme objective

The Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under Grand Challenges India seek proposals that address the challenges in immunization data systems in India that are different from current approaches and stretch the frontiers of the programme. The solutions submitted to this GCI program may deal with integrated health information, or may focus specifically on immunization only. They should have the potential to be scaled up in multiple settings. We also encourage solutions that translate leading and best practices and solutions developed by the private sector as well as academic research, even from outside health sector.

What we are looking for

Proposals must provide a strong rationale for the work proposed, demonstrating a clear understanding of India’s context and needs, and present a defined hypothesis and associated plan for how the idea would be tested or validated. Proposed ideas should be potentially translatable to practical interventions in India’s immunization programme.

A few examples of work that would be considered for funding:

Tracking and triangulation:

1. Innovative solution to converge the coverage (ANMOL / CAS) and consumption data (eVIN- electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) for vaccines

2. Innovative solutions to validate and strengthen immunization delivery microplanning and mapping efforts, including but not restricted to GIS solutions

3. Novel approach to track coverage of the migrant and mobile populations including pastoral groups

4. New solutions to integrate data from the immunization delivered in the private sector

5. New technologies to use UID (AADHAR), biometry etc. for beneficiary registration and home-based- records

6. Tracking individual vaccine vials within a hierarchical supply chain system

7. Easy yet effective session reminder system for the beneficiaries

8. Tool for the beneficiaries to find out the availability of sessions, services and their status

9. Innovative approach to effectively scan and use social media for more effective communications

What we are not looking for

1. Proposals that do not directly address at least one of the challenges described above;

2. Proposals without a clearly-articulated objective or an objective that cannot be easily assessed for quality, efficiency and/or effectiveness;

3. Proposals addressing preclinical or clinical research, surveillance for vaccine preventable diseases, sero surveys, conventional coverage or demographic health surveys;

4. Approaches that represent incremental improvements to current activities or conventional solutions, or iterative/duplicative solutions;

5. Approaches that are not applicable in India;

6. Approaches for which proof of concept cannot be demonstrated within the funding levels described for this call;

7. Proposals that do not describe or outline the innovation’s effects in the context of the broader health and routine immunization system;

8. Proposals that can only be applied to individual manufacturers' products or specific product improvement initiatives.

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