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USAID Chooses 21 Innovation Proposals to Help Fight Zika Virus

USAID Chooses 21 Innovation Proposals to Help Fight Zika Virus - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Health research managementThe U.S. Agency for International Development has released the initial list of funding recipients under a $30 million competition that seeks to develop methods and tools for counter-Zika virus efforts.

USAID said Tuesday it received almost 900 proposals worldwide for its Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development and chose only 21 submissions across such categories as vector control, personal and household protection, vector and disease surveillance, diagnostics, and community engagement.

USAID launched the challenge in April and the winning organizations will receive funds from the agency to develop, test and deploy technologies and methods against the virus.

The agency said it will announce additional awards in the coming month.

Fund recipients under the Vector Control category are:

  • Monash University
  • Michigan State University
  • Trustees of Indiana University
  • Johns Hopkins University

Personal/Household Protection:

  • Barcelona Institute For Global Health
  • Ifakara Research Institute
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Vector Surveillance:

  • Stanford University
  • University of Queensland
  • Sao Paolo University
  • Johns Hopkins University

Community Engagement:

  • Institute for Global Environmental Studies
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs

Disease Surveillance:

  • Premise Data

Diagnostics:

  • Craig Venter Institute
  • Abbott“™s Ibis Biosciences business
  • BluSense Diagnostics
  • SystemOne
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