EU launches 'Horizon Birthday Prize'
The European Commission, together with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MSD for Mothers (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation), launches a research and development competition to identify and bring to market innovative solutions to prevent death and complications during pregnancy and childbirth. It includes a €2.5 million prize. The 'Horizon for the Birthday' Prize, as it is called, will be awarded to the solution that can best demonstrate a reduction in maternal and/or newborn morbidity and mortality and/or stillbirths during facility-based deliveries. It must also be new, safe, and scalable.
Applications are due on September 6, 2017.