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COVID-19 Design Innovation Grant: IDA offers $14,000 to spur design innovation for combating the coronavirus pandemic

The International Design Awards is looking for innovations in low-cost ventilators, in-home isolation pods, and reusable masks.

April 09, 2020 |
COVID-19 Design Innovation Grant: IDA offers $14,000 to spur design innovation for combating the coronavirus pandemic

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In support of global efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, International Design Awards (IDA) and European Product Design Awards (ePDA) are introducing four COVID-19 Design Innovation Grants and invite designers and innovators around the world to put their talents to work to find new solutions to combat this global crisis.

IDA will be awarding grants in 4 categories:
1. $5,000 Grant for Product Design
Product designers are invited to design ventilators or other life-saving equipment that can be produced at a cost of less than $1000. The winner will receive a $5,000 grant to produce their prototype.

2. $5,000 Grant for a collaboration between Architecture and Interior Design
This grant will be awarded for an innovative solution for an in-home isolation pod that would allow those with COVID-19 symptoms and others to safely co-habit without transmitting the virus. 

3. $2,000 Grant for Graphic Design
Graphic designers and illustrators are invited to submit their designs for a resource to help the public protect themselves, prevent spreading the virus to others, or deal with the psychological effects of isolation. 

4. $2,000 Grant for Fashion Design
This grant will be awarded for the best design of a fashionable and reusable mask or other protective gear to help stop the spread of the virus.

“The global COVID-19 pandemic presents unprecedented challenges for creatives and designers. But it also provides a unique opportunity to come together as a community and use our talents and skills to make a positive impact," said IDA’s Founder and President, Hossein Farmani. "To this end we are launching this grant, in collaboration with our sister award, the European Product Design Awards,  to support the global fight to stop the spread of this virus and save lives.”

Submit projects for this grant here: https://idesignawards.com/indexGrant.html

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