HHSignite (beta), an internal competitive seed-funding opportunity to test new and unconventional ideas at HHS was just launched to gain evidence for solutions to challenges. The program hopes to support up to 8 innovative concepts with budgets of $10,000 or less that can be completed within 6 months.
HHS is looking for early steps of concepts that are entirely new to the agency that support the Secretary’s priorities. Proposals can also go towards a process already underway but looking to take an unconventional next step.
In addition to the funds, HHSignite teams will be able to consult with HHS leaders, be introduced to HHSentreprenuers, a program that pairs innovative employees with experts outside of government to tackle difficult problems, and interact with top innovators at HHS. Awardees will also be exposed to flexible approaches in problem solving.
The program is looking for projects such as:
- New or improved program/operations/scientific processes such as streamlining the grant application or contracting process, or new tools or methods to help HHS comply with operational standards and laws
- New or significantly improved technologies to help HHS or stakeholders
- New or enhanced collaborative partnerships to expand relationships with federal or non-federal partners
- New or improved methods to disseminate information
- New or improved methods for developing the workforce such as using distance learning and webcasts
- New or improved ways to help HHS meet public health and sustainability goals
HHSignite (beta) is open to all HHS employees and the teams may include individuals from outside of HHS or government. However, project leads must be full time employees with HHS.
HHSignite (beta) was launched March 19, 2013 with May 15, 2013 the last day to submit a proposal. Go to www.hhs.gov/open/initiatives/ignite/index.html for more information.