What is Challenge Fund?

Despite many challenges, Bangladesh has made considerable progress over the last two decades in improving the health status of the citizen. Population health outcomes have shown marked improvement, with falls in maternal, infant and under-five mortality rates. There are significant reductions in total fertility rate, high levels of immunization have been achieved and life expectancy is increasing. These improvements in health sector can be attributed to a number of health and non-health related factors such as delivery in a health facility, childhood immunization, management of diarrhoea with oral rehydration salts, women’s education, health care-seeking behaviour and improved economic circumstances. However, the persisting inequality, prolonged waiting time and weak referral mechanism is a concern. Poor population from rural, remote and hard to reach areas rarely use high quality health care services and experience higher rates of mortality and morbidity. Though Bangladesh has made dramatic improvement in health sector, further improvement in health will certainly require innovations. Innovation in health is needed for strengthening the health systems and/or to improve the health outcome. To address health sector issues, a2i in collaboration with DGHS is announcing a request for applications for its small grants program to improve the quality of care and health state of the population. A2i will issue grants of up to 25,00,000 BDT to support the costs of piloting awarded research project.


Application must be submitted by
8th May, 2019



Can I participate individually in this challenge fund?

No, as per rules a Team has to participate.


Who will bear the prototype development cost?

a2i is awarding the money for the development of prototype.


If I meet the challenge exactly when will I be awarded?

After completing the full-selection process, the winner shall be contacted by a2i.


Is a mentor or adviser for a team mandatory?

Yes, a mentor or advisor to the Team is mandatory, and he/she will be a member of the team.


Will there be any certificates for all members of team?

Yes, Individual members of the awarded team will get separate certificate.


If I make the challenge or get the award, what is next?

Prepare and present working prototype within proposed timeframe.


Will there be any workshop or grooming session?

Yes, there will be any grooming sessions for the short listed teams.


How will I know that if I am in the short-list?

A notification will be sent to each members of the short-listed teams.


Is there any TA/DA included for the team members?

Yes, short-listed participants will get TA/DA as per a2i policy.


Is there any age limit for participating in the challenge fund?

No, there is no age-restrictions for participation.


Does the software part has to be a standalone application, or can it be a web app, hosted by the participants?

This will depend at the discretion of the participants/teams.


Can my presentation contents have videos?

Yes. A short descriptive video is preferred.


Does the prototype need to be fully-functional work grade?

Not necessarily.


Do I have to estimate a prototyping cost as well as piloting cost?

Yes. Relevant budget & cost analysis is preferred.