Medical devices

Call for innovative technologies that address global health concerns

Eligibility and scope


The call for innovative technologies is open to manufacturers, institutions, universities, governments, individuals and non-profit organizations. One submission per applicant will be accepted.

Medical devices

Eligible health technologies are limited to medical devices as defined by the Global Harmonization Task Force (GHTF). They include instruments, medical equipment, implants, disposables, assistive devices and software, used mainly for the purpose of prevention, diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of disease, control of conception, rehabilitation, or measuring, restoring or correcting physiological functions. These technologies may be commercialized/-sable or in a non-commercialized/-sable stage.

The call does not cover clinical procedures, medicinal products, vaccines, biological therapeutic products or tissue engineered medical products.

Innovative technologies

To qualify for consideration, a technology must be deemed to be "innovative" by providing evidence that the solution:

  • Has not previously existed;
  • Has not previously been made available in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Is safer and/or simpler to use than earlier solutions; and/or
  • Is more cost effective than previous technologies.

Category 1 is for commercialized products or products which are commercialisable. This includes new products; products which have been commercialized for less than five years in high-income countries and which are not (yet) widely used in low- and middle-income countries; recent adaptation of existing non-health products for a health purpose; and/or recent adaptation of an existing medical device for low- and middle-income settings.

Category 2 is for products in a non-commercialized or a non-commercialisable stage. This includes products which are under development or otherwise in a conceptual stage.

Health concerns

Applications can be submitted for solutions to the following global health concerns:

  • Lower respiratory infections
  • Diarrhoeal diseases
  • Malaria
  • Prematurity and low birth weight
  • Neonatal infections
  • Birth asphyxia and birth trauma
  • Unipolar depressive disorders
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Refractive errors
  • Deficient maternal health
  • Infant and child (under 5) mortality
  • Cancer
  • Disability.

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