We called on the global community to share pioneering ideas that deliver practical and cost-effective innovations in a matter of months.

Last fall, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Defense to launch Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development.

Launched by President Obama, the Ebola Grand Challenge seeks to harness the power of crowdsourcing, competition, and partnerships to identify breakthrough innovation that addresses specific barriers faced by health care workers to combating the current Ebola epidemic and better preparing the world for future outbreaks.



Thank you for your response to this global call.

Take a look at the 14 innovative solutions we’re funding that address key gaps in the Ebola response.





Part 1: The Race

 to Preparedness

Leading infectious disease experts share lessons learned from recent infectious disease outbreaks and discuss how USAID and its partners collaborate to advance prevention and response capacities.

Moderator: Latrisha Chappin (USAID)

Panelists: Dan Bausch (UK Public Health Rapid Support Team), Christina Chappell (USAID), Maja Carrion (International Society for Infectious Disease)


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Part 2: Unexpected Paths to Innovation

Grand Challenge innovators discuss the unusual paths they have taken to develop innovative solutions to help prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks.

Moderator: Irene Koek (USAID)

Panelists: Beth Kolko (Shift Labs), Youseph Yazdi (Johns Hopkins University), Fredros Okumu (Ifakara Health Institute)


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Part 3: Fighting Outbreaks with


Learn from three Grand Challenge innovators about USAID’s role in catalyzing and supporting the scale up of their technologies that can help fight infectious disease outbreaks.

Moderator: Dave Milestone (USAID)

Panelists: Sarah Tadlaoui (Premise Data), Meg Glancey (Johns Hopkins University), Leah McManus (IntraHealth)