Objective: This annual national competition is intended 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 prior years, viewable through this link, should serve as examples of the ideas and accomplishments that are sought.

Process: Short two-page Pre-Proposals from students are due by May 1, 2017. The online submission site will open on April 3, 2017 and remain open until the deadline of May 1st at midnight. 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 20-page-maximum final proposal, which will then be due September 25, 2017. The First-Prize winner will receive $100,000 for support of their team’s work and career advancement, and the second prize winner will receive $50.000. Each of these two major awards will be in addition to their earlier award of $5,000.

Following are essential details on the submission process and links to supporting documents.

Registration can begin anytime after January 15th, 2016 on the submission site.


2017 Awards 
First Prize $100,000
Second Prize $50,000
5 Finalists $5,000 each


2017 Timeline for Competition 
January 23, 2017 Site opens for establishing a log-in account
April 3, 2017 Submission site opens for pre-proposal uploads
May 1, 2017 Deadline for pre-proposals
May 30, 2017 5 Finalists announced for a $5K distribution to each Finalist to advance their work (The funds will be transferred to the student(s) home institution for appropriate dispersal.)
August 28, 2017 Submission process for Invited proposals from 5 Finalists opens
September 25, 2017 Deadline for final invited proposals from 5 Finalists
October 30, 2017 Top 2 Winners announced for the major fund awards (The $100k, and $50k funds will be transferred to the student(s) home institution for use by the winners in pursuit of their goals.)


Additional Information:
To read the answers to frequently asked questions, and for more regarding our definition of primary care, see frequently asked questions (FAQ's).  For unanswered questions or further assistance, you may email the administrators of the Student Technology Prize for Primary Healthcare at studentprize@partners.org


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