The US Department of Veterans Affairs is currently running their 2011 Industry Innovation Competition. The competition is part of the VA’s Innovation Initiative (VAi2). This unique competition is focused on tapping the talent and innovative power of the private sector to increase Veterans’ access to VA services, improve the quality of services delivered, enhance the performance of VA operations, and reduce or control the cost of delivering those services.
The VA encourages ideas that are still untested and is willing to help in the further development, application and scaling of innovative solutions.
This year’s competition focuses on five key strategic areas (see: http://www.va.gov/VAi2/topics.asp):
- Leverage telemedicine solutions to provide audiology services to Veterans who live far from medical centers
- Create and implement enhancements or novel uses of VA’s “Blue Button” personal health record
- Design innovative prosthetic socket designs to improve the fit and comfort of prosthetics
- Fully automate sterilization of medical equipment
- Empower Veterans with Self-Management Technologies for Vocational Rehabilitation
Awards: Up to $100 million USD
Deadline: The competition started February 15 and has a fast approaching first deadline on April 15. Interested innovative companies must submit concept papers by noon on this day. Concept papers are simplified proposals that allow for a very efficient way to submit ideas to the VA.
Link: VA Innovation Initiative