Call for Concept Notes- Equity-Oriented, ICT-based Public Health Solutions


Call for Concept Notes:

Equity-Oriented, ICT-based Public Health Solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean   

Public eHealth Innovation and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean (eSAC)

Deadline for Submission: November 30, 2012 - 5:00 PM EST



Public eHealth Innovation and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean (eSAC) is a project that aims at improving the health of disadvantaged groups and contributing to the advancement of equity in health in the Region, by nurturing and promoting ICT-based innovation in public health (Public eHealth).

The project is funded by the Ottawa-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and jointly implemented by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the People, Health Equity and Innovation Research Group (Phi Group) at the University of Toronto.

Through this call, eSAC hopes to stimulate creativity and intellectual cooperation in the Region by promoting the development and sharing of highly innovative, effective, pleasantly ingenious and simple Public eHealth solutions with the potential to promote equity in health.

eSAC invites researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean to submit innovative ICT-based solutions to problems and challenges in public health. The application process includes two stages: submission of concept notes; and, after a first round of reviews, invited submission of full proposals.

Submission Categories

Concept notes can be submitted in two separate categories.

Field-Tested Solutions (Cat. A): open to concept notes describing fully-developed solutions/prototypes that have already been successfully field tested and whose application could be either scaled up or expanded to different population groups or settings.

Proof of Concept (Cat. B): open to concept notes describing solutions/prototypes at an early stage of development, whose theoretical feasibility has been demonstrated but that have not been field-tested, yet.


Innovation Awards

The three best solutions in Cat. A will be awarded cash prizes of Can$15,000, Can$10,000, and Can$5,000, respectively. The three best solutions in Cat. B will be awarded Can$5,000, Can$3,000 and Can$2,000, respectively.


- The call is open to:

-  researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, working either individually or in teams;

-  universities, research centres, and not-for-profit organizations and institutions.

-  startup companies (i.e.: newly created companies still experimenting with their business model, products and services);


Main applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of one of the countries in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.
Each main applicant is allowed to submit no more than one proposal.

Selection Process and Criteria

Concept notes will be reviewed by an international panel of experts including representatives of PAHO/WHO, the University of Toronto, and IDRC.


Each submission will be independently assessed, in double blind, by two reviewers. Concept notes will be reviewed according to the following list of criteria.


Relevance: does the proposed solution address a clearly identified and properly described/quantified public health priority in the region?

Equity focus: does the proposed solution address a public health problem that disproportionally affects marginalized population groups?

Innovative value: does the proposed solution adopt a novel approach to the solution of a problem or challenge?

Elegance: does the proposed solution employ a simple, pleasantly ingenious technical approach?

Appropriateness: is the proposed solution designed taking into consideration the environmental, ethical, cultural, social, and political circumstances in which the target population lives?

Openness: does the proposed solution promote the use of open source, non-proprietary, free or quasi-free tools?

Affordability: is the proposed solution accompanied by a discussion of how it can be brought to market so that it can be afforded by the intended user population(s)?

Sustainability: does the proposal include a well-thought strategy aimed at harnessing extra resources and securing long-term sustainability?



Concept notes must be submitted online
in English, Portuguese, or Spanish, by 5pm EST on November 30, 2012.


On January 7, 2013 applicants whose concept notes have been short listed will be invited to prepare a full proposal
that will have to be submitted by February 8, 2013.

Disclosure of Information and Treatment of Intellectual Property

Applicants retain the intellectual property of their contributions but grant eSAC and its partners a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, copy for use, and publicly display or distribute the submitted materials, and any parts of them, for the exclusive purpose of administering and operating the competition, promoting submissions to others, promoting eSAC, and advocating and better understanding the field of Public eHealth and health equity.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Or +1-202-905-0510


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 18:19