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2017 Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare


This 9th Annual Student Technology Prize in Primary Healthcare is a unique $200,000 competition for engineering students to encourage and support innovative clinically-relevant, primary-care technology concepts.  It is administered under the auspices of the Massachusetts General Hospital's "Ambulatory Practice of the Future" (APF) and sponsored by the Gelfand Family Charitable Trust.  The top prize is $100,000.

Quick Facts

Objective: This is a national competition to encourage graduate and undergraduate engineering students to direct their creative skills toward the needs of primary care.  We seek innovations which have a substantial potential to support improved delivery of this care. These may be technologies, instrumentation, devices, systems, or the like. 

Technologies of particular interest are ones that could improve access to medical care, leverage the skills of caregivers, automate routine tasks, increase workflow efficiency, support patients with chronic disease, increase compliance with care protocols, reduce medical error, or augment the physician-patient relationship.  Applicants should pay close attention to these objectives, as technologies supporting specialty care are of much lesser interest to the judges.

Innovations are sought for use in any setting, not just those of the traditional medical-practice office.  The full range of venues of daily living, from home to work and beyond, present attractive opportunities for innovations which could enhance the quality and continuity of primary care.  Applications directed at global-health needs are also welcome, though the entries must be from students in U.S. universities. Winners from 2016 are listed in a September 29th Press Release, posted in APF’s Announcements. They can serve as examples of the ideas and accomplishments that are sought.

Process:  Short pre-proposals from students are due by May 1, 2017.  This online submission site will open in April for these 2-page pre-proposals, and remain open until midnight of the May 1st deadline. Five Finalists will then be chosen from these pre-proposals, and each of these will be awarded $5,000 to advance their work, and to help them prepare a full 10-page final proposal due by September 25, 2017.  The First-Prize winner will receive $100,000 for support of his or her team’s work and career advancement.  The Second-Prize winner will receive $100.000.
Each of these two major awards will be in addition to their earlier award of $5,000.  Essential details on the submission process and links to supporting documents, can be found (after 1/23/17) by clicking here.