USAID Emerging Health Threats Division, Innovations 2023

by Debbie

USAID Emerging Health Threats Division, Innovations is a funding aid made by USAID in partnership with  Project Last Mile (a VC4A initiative) and it is seeking to identify enterprises that demonstrate a proven or promising innovation to address emerging disease prevention and/or control, are poised for growth, and would benefit from Project Last Mile’s technical assistance.

To support USAID Global Health Security (GHS) objectives, this program will aim to identify and strengthen market entry and scale-up of health innovations that can strengthen prevention, detection, and/or response for infectious disease threats around the world.

VC4A was founded in 2007 with the mission to build up Africa’s start-up community. We have grown organically over the years into what is now the leading community working towards building high-growth, high-impact companies globally with the ambition to transform society.

USAID Emerging Health Threats Division   USAID Emerging Health Threats Division

It is imperative to proactively foster the collaborations and partnerships that will bring together the capital, knowledge, and network these entrepreneurs require to succeed – and to provide every entrepreneur with an equal access to opportunity.

Requirements for USAID Emerging Health Threats Division, Innovations Qualification

Solutions should focus on late-stage development of a small form factor biomedical technology and support the following GHS Program objectives:

  • Reduced spillover of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) in humans or animals from
    which zoonotic pathogens spillover;
  • Improved detection and/or identification of potential or real pathogens associated with
    EIDs; and/or
  • Improved understanding of the epidemiology of EIDs among humans, animals, insects,
    and/or the environment.

Solutions may include any new / emerging technologies, products, processes, or approaches  that can support the key program objectives outlined below:

  • Prevent disease outbreaks
  • Detect threats early
  • Respond rapidly and effectively when outbreaks occur

How to Apply

Benefits of USAID Emerging Health Threats Division, Innovations

Each enterprise will be matched with a PLM Subject Matter Expert (SME) and will gain one-on-one technical advice, coaching, and mentoring support to design a solution to a key business challenge being faced by the enterprise. Enterprises may also be eligible for up to a maximum of US$200,000 in grant funding, in addition to separate technical assistance.


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