AWS Diagnostic Development Initiative Grant Program
Next deadline: Jul 31, 2021
Later deadlines: Dec 31, 2021
Grant amount: Unspecified amount
Fields of work: Infectious & Parasitic Diseases Medical Technology & Devices
Applicant type: For-Profit Business, Nonprofit
Funding uses: Research
Location of project: Anywhere in the world
Location of residency: Anywhere in the world
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI) is a two-year, $20M commitment to accelerate research and innovation to advance the collective understanding and detection of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in order to mitigate current and future outbreaks. AWS is offering AWS Promotional Credits and technical expertise to support the use of AWS services for projects by selected institutions and companies in four program areas.
Early Disease Detection
Just like early warning weather systems, the ability to forecast an outbreak can have tremendous impact on the preparedness and response of communities, businesses, and governments globally. Building on the vision of DDI to support our customers’ development of diagnostic solutions to mitigate future outbreaks, early disease detection means early warning to help reduce or contain an outbreak.
Eligible projects can include early warning systems, connected medical devices (stethoscope, ECG, pulse ox, etc.), wearables, or medical Internet of Things (IoT) to identify or detect pre-diagnostic factors (body temperature, activity, human and animal population density) associated with infectious cases or potential outbreak sites.
By making diagnostic testing widely available via a variety of different methodologies, we are looking to support efforts that can potentially predict and prevent future outbreaks while at the same time adding new tools available in the fight against COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. We will support innovation in rapid and accurate diagnostic testing with an emphasis on point-of-care, in-home, or in the field diagnostics.
Eligible projects can include molecular (nucleic acid, antibody, or antigen) tests, in addition to imaging diagnostics (MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound, X-Ray), connected medical devices, wearables, medical IoT, or predictive analytic tools like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).
In addition to a yes/no diagnosis, it is important to develop a better understanding of a disease’s severity level or have the ability to project progression. This will not only provide doctors and clinicians more information to determine their next course of action, but also help future diagnoses that include information on expected progression or severity of outcomes for a patient.
Eligible projects can include assessment or analyses of molecular factors (genetic, inflammatory, or metabolic landscape), health co-morbidities, or ethnic, demographic, or socioeconomic factors to guide patient treatment courses and improve patient outcomes.
Public Health Genomics
SARS-CoV-2 continues to mutate, potentially augmenting its infectivity, transmissibility, and virulence. Such genomic changes have critical implications for pandemic management and response. Even though genomic surveillance is not by itself a diagnostic product, nearly any product using molecular methods for COVID-19 diagnosis relies on current and comprehensive understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 genome. We will support the genomics community to facilitate the collection and sharing of viral genomic data in this crucial time. In order to democratize access to this type of information, applicants are required to submit SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequence data to an open data repository such as PubSeq, NCBI SRA, the European Nucleotide Archive, or the DNA Database of Japan.
Eligible projects can include viral genomes sequencing, viral genomic surveillance, and sequences made available on open data repositories.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- The program is open to accredited research institutions, research consortia, non-profit, and private entities that are current or future AWS customers. Individuals who submit an application must apply on behalf of their organization and not in their personal capacity.
- AWS Partner Network members are also eligible for this program.
- While AWS will prioritize COVID-19 projects, the program will also evaluate applications focusing on other infectious diseases.
- We will not support administrative workloads to run routine IT operations through this program.