USAID Announces Funding for Initiatives To Fight Ebola Outbreaks

February 19, 2015 in News

The U.S. Agency for International Development recently announced that it would provide funding for 12 projects under its “Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development” initiative, Modern Healthcare reports.


In October 2014, USAID launched the initiative to serve as an open call for solutions to bolster resources to combat an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, as well as to respond to future disease threats.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said the agency will continue to use the initiative to “source, test and scale groundbreaking innovations that will not only save lives in the months to come, but lay the foundation for more resilient and vibrant communities across West Africa.” He added, “We are embracing a new model of development — one that harnesses the power of science and technology to bend the curve of development.”

Details of Funding

USAID received more than 1,500 project proposals between October 2014 and December 2014.

The second round of funding comes from a $5 million program grant from:

  • CDC;
  • The Department of Defense;
  • USAID; and
  • The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The amount of funding that each selected project will receive has not yet been determined, according to Modern Healthcare.

Three of the 12 projects selected to receive funding were:

  • Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design’s redesigned personal protective equipment;
  • Modula S’ rapidly deployable treatment unit (Ross Johnson, Modern Healthcare, 2/13); and
  • Scripps Translational Science Institute’s wearable patient sensor, which can monitor Ebola patients’ vital signs (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 2/12).
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