The top three Prize-winning student teams, drawn from ten Finalists, will receive $150,000, $100,000 and $50,000 respectively. Ten Finalists will receive $10,000 each.
These Prizes are designed to reward technology innovations directed at needs in the front lines of Primary Healthcare. This will be the eighth year of this national competition. It is made possible by the generous support of the Gelfand Family Foundation, administered by Massachusetts General Hospital, and open to students from any accredited engineering program in the country.
A student’s actual entry process begins with the simple online submission of a short two-page pre-proposal, describing their project, their team, and the potential clinical impact. The deadline for upload of these short-form entries will be April 18, 2016. However, it is not too early for students to start planning entries for this year’s cycle of this unique nation-wide Prize competition. Forming teams and collaborations is encouraged, and deserves careful thought in advance. From the field of entries, ten Finalists will be chosen in April. Note that each of the ten Finalists will receive $10,000. Each Finalist can use their $10,000 award in their work toward their full ten-page proposal due by August 29, 2016. The three major winners will then be chosen and receive the major Prize funds for their further use.
Students will need to obtain an “Institutional Letter of Support” from a Department Head, business official or Dean at their school, in time for the April deadline. All that is required is verification on letterhead that the student entrant is a graduate or undergraduate student in good standing and that the school will accept potential award money on behalf of support of the student’s work on his or her project, going forward. This is as assurance of institutional stewardship of the money as a gift transmitted by Massachusetts General Hospital to the school for the students’ use. The winner’s gift is to be used for the expenses of supporting the project without any indirect costs deducted. The student may draw on the funds from your research administration for any allowable expenses in support of their work.
Full details are now posted on the APF website, under the tab “Student Prize”.
In the interim, looking at prior years’ winners will provide you and your students with examples to stimulate their thinking: