Published On: Fri, May 29th, 2015 Launches $20 Million Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities

Deadline: 30 September 2015 is currently inviting nonprofits around the globe to submit ideas for its Google Impact Challenge with the potential to transform the lives of people with disabilities. Award of $20 million will be provided to nonprofit organizations using emerging technologies to increase the independence of people living with disabilities. People with technological innovation that will create meaningful and positive change for people with disabilities are welcome to submit proposals.

With the goal of building awareness, identifying solutions, and helping create universal access for people with disabilities, Google Impact Challenge wants to award USD 20 million to the biggest and best ideas for how technology can expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities, some of which may be awarded to organizations identified through this call for ideas.

Examples of Innovative Ideas (Previously Awarded)

  • The Enable Community Foundation, which connects people who need prosthetics with volunteers who design and provide 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, eye-controlled communication software, and remote hearing diagnostics was awarded a grant of $600,000 to advance the design, distribution, and delivery of open-source 3D-printed upper-limb prosthetics that have the potential to change the trajectory of solutions available to people with disabilities.
  • The World Wide Hearing will receive $500,000 to develop, prototype, and test an extremely low-cost tool kit for hearing loss using smartphone technology that is widely available and affordable in the developing world.

Organization Eligibility

  • Nonprofits and public charities from any country are eligible to submit an idea.
  • Applicant’s organization must hold valid and current charity status as determined by the legislation of the country of incorporation.
  • The following entities are not eligible to submit ideas: governmental entities and organizations, including, but not limited to, public schools and universities, for-profit organizations and individuals.
  • Universities are not eligible to apply for research support.
  • All ideas must be submitted in English.

How to Apply

Ideas must be submitted via online portal and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Ideas should be

  1. transformative and address not only the change you seek for your organization, but also the change you want to see in the world.
  2. apply technology in a way that is innovative and effective. Technology shouldn’t just make your existing work more efficient; it should create or enable entirely new solutions and approaches.
  3. involve the development of cutting-edge technology.
  4. be able to articulate a way in which it could ultimately reach a large number of people.

For more information, please visit Google Disability Grants.

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