Children's Prize

Funding Agency:
Children's Prize Foundation

Child mortality is a core indicator for child health and well-being. Child survival remains an urgent concern. It is unacceptable that about 16,000 children still die every single day - equivalent to 11 deaths occurringevery minute. The majority of these deaths can be attributed to treatable causes. 

Infectious diseases (such as pneumonia and diarrhoea) and neonatal complications are responsible for the vast majority of under-five deaths globally. According to the latest estimates by WHO and the Maternal and Child Epidemiology Estimation Group, of the 5.9 million deaths in children under five that occurred in 2015, about half were caused by infectious diseases and conditions such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, meningitis, tetanus, HIV and measles. 

The main killers of children under age five in 2015 included preterm birth complications (18%), pneumonia (16%), intrapartum-related complications (12%), diarrhoea (9%) and sepsis/ meningitis (9%). Importantly, almost half of all under-five deaths are attributable to undernutrition, while more than 80 percent of neonatal deaths occur among newborn infants of low birth weight in the highest burden settings. 

The Challenge : Propose a ready-to-execute project plan that is focused on saving children's lives under-five. 

To ensure that more children under the age of five survive and thrive, it is necessary to harness knowledge from around the world and across a broad range of disciplines to find the most effective solutions. Project proposals submitted may include, but are not limited to, intervention solutions in healthcare services, technology, education, infrastructure and agriculture. 

The winner will receive $250,000 in funding to execute their proposed project plan. The contest process includes three major rounds and two review periods. 

The 2017 Prize will available to graduate students only.

Deadline for Round One: June 27, 2017

Before approaching the funder or submitting an application:

  • Prospective applicants from Duke University – contact Nancy Hillsman in the Office of Foundation Relations, University Development at 919-681-0469 or
  • Prospective applicants from Duke Medicine – contact Anita Shirley in Foundation Relations and Corporate Giving, Duke Medicine Development and Alumni Affairs at 919-385-3117 or


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Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 27, 2017