Proposal Submission Guidelines

To be submitted by Monday, September 16th, 2019.

Project concept notes will be accepted as a Word Document with no more than 2,500 words. Teams are also strongly recommended to submit a video of their team presenting their proposal with a PowerPoint presentation (no more than 5 minutes maximum). Strongly recommended space allocations to each components are included below. The bulk of the proposal should focus on the team’s proposed solution and implementation plan. The submission must be written in English and can be no longer than 2,500 words (not including references). Please note that Innovate4AMR is a competition focused on systems-change. While the competition applauds other efforts to create diagnostic or other technology-based solutions to antimicrobial stewardship, Innovate4AMR encourages participants to center their proposals on social policies, structures, and other systems-level actions that affect antimicrobial stewardship, access, and equity. As such, please note that the Innovate4AMR organizers strongly discourage the submission of diagnostic- or clinical trial-based proposals. Upstream agricultural proposals (ex: proposals related to food production rather than consumption) are also discouraged.

In your proposal, teams will have to include the following components:

Throughout your proposal, emphasize what makes your project creative and innovative.

    • Context and background on the specific intervention points or pathways chosen: (2-3 paragraphs)
      • Why did your team select this area of intervention, and how would it address a real challenge contributing to AMR? What is the context you are working in and how does it influence the specific area you are tackling? Whose lives will you change and whose futures will you build?
    • Proposed Solution (1.5 pages):
      • What is your team’s solution and how is it innovative? What is your theory of change; that is, what makes it more impactful than previous solutions? What impact does your solution seek to make? How can the impact of your solution be measured (i.e. key benchmarks, measures and targets)?
    • Implementation Plan (1.5 pages):
      • Make sure your project is feasible. How will you implement your project? Who would you engage to implement the solution? What will be the role of each team member in the implementation process, who would be your key partners and what will your timeline look like? With whom will you be working and partnering?
      • Monitoring and evaluation strategy (1-2 paragraphs):
        • How could you monitor the implementation progress and evaluate the impact of your solution? What would be your key benchmarks, measures and targets?
    • Resources (1 paragraph):
      • What key resources and partnerships will you need to implement and sustain this project in the long-run? If needed, who will fund and your support your solution in the future?
  • Risks, Limitations, and Challenges (1-2 paragraphs): How will you mitigate risks in your plan? What are your limitations? What are your key challenges that need to be overcome?
    • Budget and sustainability (1 table/paragraph):
      • How much will implementation cost? Consider every aspect of the project (salaries, material resources, upkeep, travel, etc.)
      • How might this project become sustainable? If needed, who might be your funders in the future?
    • Expected impact (1 paragraph):
      • What impact do you hope to have (justify your answer)?
  • Limitations and challenges (1-2 paragraphs): How will you address these?
  • Experience with AMR (1-2 paragraphs, does not count toward final word count)
    • What experience do you and/or your team members have in the realm of AMR?

Please submit your project proposals here:

For your reference, here is the rubric with which we will be evaluating proposals:

Criteria Description Points
Design & Innovation


  1. Is the solution based on sound technical, scientific, and clinical evidence?
  2. Human-centered design – has the solution been designed with the end-user in mind?
  3. “Wow” factor, “Technical impressiveness”, Cleverness of technique, or use of multiple components.
  4. Is the solution novel or is it a novel use of an existing technology?
Relevance & Impact


  1. Has the team adequately and directly addressed the challenge?
  2. Does the team demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the problem context, clinical background, social and economic factors, as well as the relevant stakeholders?
  3. Did the team present a realistic strategy for their solution to lead to impact? What is the anticipated impact of the proposed solution?
  4. How would the team mobilize and engage relevant stakeholders and implementers?
Feasibility & Sustainability


  1. Is the proposed solution implementable with significant potential for scale-up?
  2. Could this solution be potentially implemented in another context than the one proposed?
  3. Did the team correctly identify and describe the major complexities and obstacles in implementing and scaling up the solution?
  4. How will this project become sustainable? If needed, who will your funders be down the line?
Value Proposition


  1. Has the team successfully demonstrated how their solution would lead to value add for all their major stakeholders?

Total: 100