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Birth Day Prize


We are pleased to inform you that 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.


For this prize, 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 will be able to apply from 28 April 2016 to 06 September 2017 and the winners (up to three) of the prize will be known at the end of 2017.


As this Prize might be of interest for your organisation and members, we kindly ask you to help us promote this initiative in order to spread the message to a wide number of potential applicants.


You can share the link to the website (www.ec.europa.eu/horizonprize/birthday) and hashtag #HorizonPrize.


Should you need any further information regarding the Prize, please do not hesitate to contact Grégoire Thiriar (Gregoire.thiriar@ec.europa.eu)