USAID's Intelligent Forecasting: A Competition to Model Future Contraceptive Use

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Deadline: 2020-09-08
Award: 20000
Open to: Everyone*

Contraceptive access is vital to safe motherhood, healthy families, and prosperous communities. Greater access to contraceptives enables couples and individuals to determine whether, when, and how often to have children. In low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) around the world, health systems are often unable to accurately predict the quantity of contraceptives necessary for each health service delivery site, in part due to insufficient data, limited staff capacity, and inadequate systems.

With this competition, USAID seeks to identify and test more accurate methods of predicting future contraceptive use at health service delivery sites. Our goal is to ensure appropriate stocking of contraceptives and family planning supplies and to better understand the benefits of intelligent forecasting models for improving contraceptive availability and supply chain efficiency.

There are two overlapping phases. First, a Forecasting Prize Competition to develop an intelligent forecasting model to predict the consumption of contraceptives over three months. Second, a Field Implementation Grant to customize and test a high-performing intelligent forecasting model in Côte d’Ivoire. Competitors can apply for the prize, or for both the prize and the grant.

Three awards will be made:
● 20,000 USD prize for the best performing model in the Forecasting Prize Competition
● 5,000 USD prize for the second-best performing model in the Forecasting Prize Competition
● Field Implementation Grant of approximately $100,000-$200,000

* Details may apply. See contest website to confirm eligibility.

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