The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is now accepting nominations for the second annual Gates Vaccine Innovation Award. The award aims to celebrate and spur transformative ideas for achieving impact through immunization. The innovation award winner will receive $250,000 from the foundation.
The 2012 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award recognized the work of Dr. Asm Amjad Hossain, a former district immunization and surveillance medical officer in Bangladesh.
Encouraged for nomination are individuals or groups of individuals whom have achieved significant improvements towards the prevention, control, or elimination of vaccine preventable diseases through immunization.
Candidates from academic institutions, governments, health care facilities, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies may be nominated.
Innovation in the delivery of vaccines can take many shapes. For this award, ideas big or small that have resulted in tangible improvements in immunization coverage in developing countries are considered.
Nominations are being accepted on the Gates Foundation website through August 31, 2012.