USAID news – The second round of the Humanitarian Grand Challenge is now open!

USAID news – The second round of the Humanitarian Grand Challenge is now open!

The second round call for proposals is now open! Final proposals are due on Tuesday 16 July 2019 at 11:00am ET. Visit the RFP section for detailed information on how to apply.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the UK Department for International Development, the Government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with support from Grand Challenges Canada, are partnering on Creating Hope in Conflict: A Humanitarian Grand Challenge. toilets

Through this Grand Challenge, we will identify and support groundbreaking solutions that engage the private sector and draw from the experiences of affected communities in order to significantly improve – and in many cases, save – the lives of vulnerable people affected by conflict.

WASH Innovators

Machine Learning Enabled Safe Water Optimization Tool for Humanitarian Response – by the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University. This project aims to build a novel safe water optimization tool, that leverages cloud computing and artificial intelligence to learn from the water quality monitoring data that humanitarian agencies already routinely collect for reporting purposes.

Solar-Powered Water Pumps for Regenerative Agriculture – by The Rainmaker Enterprise. The Rainmaker Enterprise’s innovation involves Installing solar powered water pumps and sensor-driven drip irrigation systems in villages across South Sudan.

Portable, Evaporative Toilets for Drop-In and Distributed Sanitation for Displaced and Urban Communities – by change:WATER Labs Inc. change:WATER Labs Inc. is developing a portable evaporative toilet to extend safe, private sanitation to homes with no power or plumbing. It evaporates more than 95 percent of daily household sewage without added energy or heat.

Water Aid and Renewable Power Systems for Yemen – by the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation. This project aims to bring solar powered water purification systems to three sites in Yemen. The project will install 4,000 watts of compact, flexible, adhesive solar panels with a battery bank to power a compact, robust, simple-to-use, and highly effective water purification system that can produce more than 1,000 gallons of clean drinking water per day, serving about 1,000 people in each community.

PathVis: A Water Monitoring Device for Vibrio cholerae Detection – by OmniVis. OmniVis has designed a smartphone platform diagnostic device that uses DNA amplification to detect for V. cholerae, at the source, in under 30 minutes. The data is immediately uploaded to a cloud-based server to automate the data logging process. In areas without connectivity, wifi can be used in a central location for data upload. OmniVis is the first and only water-based V. cholerae detection device that automates data logging with time-stamped, geographical location information.


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