MIT Solve – Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge 2020 ($10,000 grant)

MIT Solve – Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge 2020 ($10,000 grant)

Deadline: June 18, 2020

The MIT Solve – Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge 2020 is open. The MIT Solve community is looking for technology-based solutions that promote the health and well-being of women, new mothers, and newborns everywhere.

Every 11 seconds, a woman or newborn dies of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. How can every woman, new mother, and newborn access the care they need to survive and thrive? If you have a tech-based solution, apply to MIT Solve’s Challenge to support Healthy Moms.

The Challenge

How can every woman, new mother, and newborn access the care they need to survive and thrive?

Solve seeks solutions that:

  • Expand access to high-quality, affordable maternal and newborn care for women, new mothers, and newborns, including by expanding the health workforce, improving service delivery and diagnostics, and lowering barriers to seeking care, including stigma;
  • Decrease the risk of disease among mothers and newborns, including by increasing vaccination rates and reducing infectious disease transmission from mother to baby;
  • Improve gynecological health for all women; and
  • Support the mental and emotional health of women throughout pregnancy and after childbirth, through psychological and medical care, as well as community support.


There’s more than $1 million of funding available for the 2020 Solver Class.

If you are selected as a Solver, you’ll receive a $10,000 grant from Solve, as well as access to significant additional prize funding. 

Solver teams will be selected by a panel of cross-sector judges at Solve Challenge Finals during UN General Assembly week in New York City on September 20, 2020.

In addition to Solve funding, the following prizes are available to Solver teams selected for the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge. To be considered for a prize, complete the prize-specific question within the application. You do not need to meet these requirements to apply to the Maternal & Newborn Health Challenge:

  • Innovation for Women Prize
  • Health Workforce Innovation Prize
  • The AI for Humanity Prize
  • The Andan Prize for Innovation in Refugee Inclusion

Those that are ultimately selected as a Solver will:

  • Join a supportive community of peers, funders, and experts to help advance their innovative work through Solve’s nine-month program;
  • Receive mentorship and strategic advice from Solve and MIT networks;
  • Attend Solve at MIT, our annual flagship event in May; and
  • Receive access to more than $1 million in prize funding for the 2020 Challenges.


  • Anyone, anywhere around the world can submit a solution to Solve’s Challenges.
  • You can be an individual, a team, or an organization. 
  • You can be an applicant from previous years or already part of our community.


Judges will score solutions along the following criteria:

  • Alignment: The solution uses technology to address one of Solve’s Global Challenges.
  • Potential for Impact: The planned solution implementation has the potential to impact lives.
  • Feasibility: Solution implementation is feasible, and the team has a plan for financial sustainability.
  • Innovative ApproachThe solution includes a new technology, a new application of technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the Challenge.
  • Scalability*: The solution can be scaled to affect the lives of more people.
  • Partnership Potential*:The applicant clearly explains how the solution would benefit from the broad range of resources that the Solve community is positioned to provide.


Click here to apply.

For more information, visit MIT Solve.