Scientists without borders maternal health and nutrition challenge
Publisher/Organizer: Scientists Without Borders
Publication date: 2010
Unlike in many developed countries where folic acid (or FA, also known as Vitamin B9) is easily available in ready-to-eat foods (i.e. cereals) and supplements, most developing countries have few if any, common food-based sources of this important micronutrient. Recognizing this problem, Scientists Without Borders (SWB) is looking for effective at-home or community-based methods that would allow women to easily, affordably and safely fortify a range of staple foods with FA at the household level -- in a manner that fits in with their lifestyle and routines and that will not require significant behavioral or cultural adaptation.
Scientists Without Borders is offering up $10,000 as a prize for solving this Challenge. At least $5,000 will be paid to the best submission received and additional awards may be made for the next best submissions with no award being smaller than $1,000.
Additionally, where feasible and appropriate, Scientists Without Borders may work with the Solver to further develop the winning solution and to identify means of implementing and scaling the proposed solution to achieve the greatest impact, access, and availability for the target populations.
The deadline for submissions is 12 December 2010.