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Deadline: December 31, 2015

Health Services & Resources Administration: Bridging the Word Gap Challenge

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is sponsoring the Bridging the Word Gap Challenge (Challenge) to spur innovative solutions to promote the early language environment and address the “word gap,” the large difference in exposure to language for children from low-income families as compared to children from higher-income families. This Challenge will reward the development and testing of scalable innovations that drive behavior change among parents and caregivers.

The goal of the Challenge is to develop a low-cost, scalable technologically-based intervention that drives parents and caregivers to talk and engage in more back-and-forth interactions with their young children (ages 0-4).

This Challenge, structured in three phases, with a narrowing of applicants through each phase to result in one final winner, will reach a diverse population of innovators and solvers, including coders, public health experts, individuals affiliated with academic institutions, research and development communities in the private sector, and others. Separate prizes will be awarded for each of the three phases below:

  • Phase 1: Design
  • Phase 2: Development and Small Scale Testing
  • Phase 3: Scaling

Amount: Varies by phase:

  • Phase 1: 7-10 winners, up to $10,000 each
  • Phase 2: 3-5 winners; up to $25,000 each
  • Phase 3: 1 winner; up to $100,000

Eligibility: Both individuals and organizations are eligible to apply. In the case of a private entity, it shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Other competition rules apply and are available at the website.

Link: http://www.wordgapchallenge.hrsa.gov/

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