Status Report

NASA Announcement of Opportunity To Participate in NASA’s LAUNCH: Health Project

By SpaceRef Editor
August 18, 2010
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Synopsis – Aug 18, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNH10SOMD004L
Posted Date: Aug 18, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Aug 18, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Sep 13, 2010
Current Response Date: Sep 13, 2010
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771



NASA, USAID, Department of State, and NIKE joined together to host LAUNCH in an effort to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges through a series of forums. LAUNCH searches for visionaries, whose world-class ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society. Through the next LAUNCH series, up to ten innovators and 40 thought leaders will come together to address an issue that affects every human: health.

Sustaining quality of life on Earth and in space requires transformative advances in science and technology, along with new models, policies and behaviors that will guide human development. The search for innovative technology solutions to ensure healthy astronauts orbiting the planet mirrors healthcare challenges faced by providers throughout the world. The same requirements for simple, rugged, ultra portable, low power devices to provide remote diagnostic capability serves dual needs for humans living within the extreme environments on and off the planet. Targeting preventive health measures within the first twenty years of life offers a unique opportunity to change the human condition for this and future generations.

Search for Innovators:

LAUNCH seeks innovations that are preventive with a focus on nutrition, exercise, and health care. Optimal nutrition (access, choice, and quality of nutritious food and required nutrients)

Regular participation in healthy lifestyles and physical activity

Participation in primary preventive health care including supporting infrastructure, such as diagnostic and monitoring technology*

* Including delivery systems, educational programs, and other technologies that would increase the effectiveness of existing vaccines or medicines. Vaccines and other medical interventions are excluded.

LAUNCH seeks the following outcomes:

* Improving maternal health, reproductive health, and newborn and child health

* Combating hunger, impaired growth and development, and obesity

* Preventing infectious disease, cancers, diabetes and cardiovascular disease

The innovations should be disruptive and transformative in nature including, but not limited to:

Technology Products or services New business/policy models Adoption focused educational/behavioral programs.

Specific Areas of Interest

1. Disease prevention and health promotion

2. Innovations to inspire physical movement, recreational activity and sport

3. Diagnostics, point-of-care, and remote health monitoring

4. Innovative ways to scale up fortified products for diet diversity (multiple micronutrient powders, lipid nutrient supplements and biofortification)

5. Improved maternal and child nutrition during the first 1000 days of a child’s life 6. Community level food production

7. User generated health care systems and personalized health care systems for wellness

8. Telemedicine and mobile technology solutions

The Award

The best innovators’ responses (up to 10) will be chosen by a panel of experts. No cash prize will be awarded.

The Innovators chosen will be invited to a five-day event hosted by NASA at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, in conjunction with a Space Shuttle launch, should the current launch schedule hold. The Launch: Health event is scheduled for October 28 – November 1 and will not be rescheduled to coincide with the Space Shuttle launch should the launch date change. Innovators will present to approximately 40 thought leaders in business, government, science, technology and communications and hear their ideas on ways to accelerate progress on your innovation. Travel and meals will be provided.

Each innovator will receive access to and visibility among health experts, business CEOs and investors. The LAUNCH team will work with each innovator to create a concise, high-impact 10-minute presentation, which will be streamed live during the forum. The LAUNCH team will film and edit a professional video of your innovation story, which will be featured on and available to each Innovator for future use. Following the forum, the LAUNCH Accelerator team will provide limited individual support to each innovator to help integrate LAUNCH forum recommendations, and move each innovation closer to successful implementation.

Technical Requirements:

1. Impact: Your proposal should affect the maximum population for the least resources, with the scale-up goal in millions, although we are willing to accept innovations with exciting potential not measured in numbers.

2. Timeframe: We are most interested in proposals with impact that can be realized in 1 – 5 years (not included are the years to receive appropriate government-required approval).

3. Affordability: Cost effective – low cost, especially for developing markets.

4. Appropriate Technology: Require low resource to implement and maintain. Resources required must be obtainable in the region of interest.

5. Strong Model: Economically viable and replicable.

6. Millennium Development Goals: Innovations that impact the core challenges defined by the Millennium Development Goals listed below.

a) Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger b) Achieve Universal Primary Education c) Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women d) Reduce Child Mortality e) Improve Maternal Health f) Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases g) Ensure Environmental Sustainability h) Develop a Global Partnership for Development

7. Urgency and Scale: Most importantly, these innovations should demonstrate clear potential to positively impact health in the first twenty years either through large scale utilization and/or a major change in the reduction of risk of a specific disease.

NASA does not intend to issue any solicitation in connection with this opportunity. This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government nor will the Government pay for information solicited. Respondents will not be notified of the results of the evaluation.

NASA will share submissions with NASA employees and representatives of the LAUNCH Health sponsors, which include NASA, USAID, State, NIKE, Vestergaard Frandsen and IDEO for review purposes related to this opportunity. Responses must be submitted through InnoCentive, an open innovation marketplace with a global network of more than 200,000 problem solvers, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Launch: Health challenge requirements are located at Responses are due no later than September 13, 2010.

Point of Contact

Name: Ms. Diane Powell
Title: Innovative Partnerships Lead
Phone: 202-358-1904
Fax: 202-358-3878

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