Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding Innovation Challenge

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is seeking innovative ways to increase breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates and decrease disparities among breastfeeding mothers in the United States.

Judging for Phase 1 will occur from December 10, 2020 through December 17, 2020.Finalists that move into Phase 2 will be announced no later than December 18, 2020.Phase 2: Awarding plans for sustainability and replication and/or expansionCompetition occurs September 29, 2021 through December 8, 2021.

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Phase 2 submissions are due by December 8, 2021, 11:59 pm EST.Judging for Phase 2 will occur from December 9, 2021 through December 16, 2021.Finalists that move into Phase 3 will be announced no later than December 17, 2021.Phase 3: Awarding the programs that have successfully replicated and/or expanded

Competition occurs September 29, 2022 through December 7, 2022.Phase 3 submissions are due by December 7, 2022, 11:59 pm EST.Judging for Phase 3 will occur from December 8, 2022 through December 15, 2022.Finalists will be awarded by December 16, 2022. headtopics.com

PrizesTotal Awards: $800,000 in FY20 funds.Prize BreakdownPhase 1 FY20(Identification of successful programs): Up to 15 submissions may be selected to each receive a prize of up to $15,000.Phase 2 FY21(Awarding plans for sustainability and replication and/or expansion): The participants selected to receive a prize for Phase 1 may compete for consideration to receive a prize in Phase 2. Up to 10 submissions may be selected to each receive a prize of up to $30,000.

Phase 3 FY22(Awarding programs that have successfully replicated and/or expanded): The participants selected to receive a prize in Phase 2 may compete for consideration to receive a prize in Phase 3. Up to 5 submissions may be selected to each receive a prize of up to $55,000.

All winners will be notified via email.Awardees will be expected to present their program for Office on Women’s Health staff and members of the public at the end of each award phase. This presentation may be virtual or in-person and prize funds are expected to be used to facilitate this presentation.

RulesTo be eligible to win a prize under this competition, an individual, group, or entity—Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by HHS;Shall have complied with all the requirements under this section;In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; headtopics.com

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May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment (all non-HHS Federal employees must consult with their agency Ethics Official to determine whether the Federal ethics rules will limit or prohibit the acceptance of a COMPETES Act prize);

Shall not be a Federal employee working on their applications or submissions during assigned duty hours;May not be an HHS employee;May not be any other individual or entity associated with the development, evaluation, or administration of the competition or members of such persons’ immediate families (i.e., spouses, children, siblings, parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related;

A Federal grantee may not use Federal funds to develop submissions unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award;A Federal contractor may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission;

Shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made equitably available to all individuals and entities participating in the competition; headtopics.com

Must provide a statement agreeing to indemnify the federal government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to competition activities;Must provide a statement agreeing to assume all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in this prize contest, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

Agree to obtain liability insurance, or demonstrate financial responsibility, in the amount of $500,000, for claims by (a) a third party for death, bodily injury, property damage, or loss resulting from an activity carried out in connection with participation in a Challenge, with the Federal Government named as an additional insured under the registered participant’s insurance policy, and (b) the Federal Government for damage or loss to Government property resulting from such activity.

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Shall not be currently on the Excluded Parties List ().Additional InformationParticipants shall not use the OWH or HHS logos or official seals in their submissions and must not claim endorsement.Participants agree that HHS may disqualify the submission if, in HHS’ judgment, the program is inconsistent with HHS’ public health mission, may be ineffective or harmful, or any other reason deemed necessary.

HHS reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the competition or any part of it, for any reason, at HHS’ sole discretion.Payment of the Prize:Prizes awarded under this competition will be paid by electronic funds transfer and may be subject to Federal income taxes. HHS will comply with the Internal Revenue Service withholding and reporting requirements, where applicable.

Intellectual Property (IP):Each participant retains full ownership and title in and to their submission. Participants expressly reserve all intellectual property rights not expressly granted under this publication notice.By participating in the competition, each participant (whether participating singly or in a group) warrants that he or she is the sole author or owner of, or has the right to use, any copyrightable works that the submission comprises, that the works are wholly original with the participant (or is an improved version of an existing work that the participant has sufficient rights to use and improve), and that the submission does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which participant is aware. In addition, each participant (whether participating singly or in a group) and each entity grants to HHS an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free non exclusive worldwide license to reproduce, publish, post link to, share, and display publicly (e.g., on websites) the abstracts on the web or elsewhere. Each participant will retain all other intellectual property rights in their submissions, as applicable. To participate in the competition, each participant must warrant that there are no legal obstacles to providing the above-referenced non exclusive licenses of participant rights to the federal government. To receive an award, winners must grant to the federal government the nonexclusive, non transferable, irrevocable, paid up license to practice, or have practiced for or on its behalf the solution throughout the world for federal purposes. Winners must also grant to the federal government and others acting on its behalf, a fully paid, nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license in any copyrightable works that the submission comprises, including the right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies to the public, and perform publicly and display publicly said copyrightable works. Each participant also warrants that the work is free of security threats and/or malware.

By participating in the competition, each participant hereby grants an irrevocable and royalty-free license to HHS to store, access, modify, reproduce, and distribute submissions in perpetuity.Record Retention and FOIA: All materials submitted to HHS as part of a submission become HHS records and cannot be returned. Any confidential commercial information contained in a submission should be designated in accordance with 45 C.F.R. § 5.41. Participants will be notified of Freedom of Information Act requests for their submissions in accordance with 45 C.F.R. § 5.42.

Judging CriteriaJudging PanelA panel of judges will evaluate the submissions on the criteria identified below. Judges will be fair and impartial, may not have a personal or financial interest in, or be an employee, officer, director, or agent of, any entity that is a registered participant in the competition, and may not have a familial or financial relationship with an individual who is a registered contestant. The panel will make winner selections based upon the criteria outlined below and in compliance with the

. Entries not in compliance with the submission requirements outlined below will be ineligible for further review and prize award.Phase 1 Scoring Criteria (Identification of successful programs)All Criteria are scaled 1-10, with 1 being the lowest score on each dimension and 10 being the highest score on each dimension. Scores are weighted by the proportion of each dimension and then aggregated to create a final score. Judging criteria for Phase 1 include (Total Points 100%):

Previously demonstrated effectiveness (statistical significance) in: increasing rates of initiation of breastfeeding and/or increasing rates of continuation of breastfeeding among mothers in the United States:(20%)Ability of the program to address racial/ethnic disparities among breastfeeding mothers in the Unites States:

(40%)Application of evidence-based interventions to target gaps in breastfeeding education, instruction, and/or support for breastfeeding mothers in the United States:(20%)How the program is innovative at targeting gaps in breastfeeding education, instruction, and/or support for breastfeeding mothers in the United States:

(20%)Phase 2 Scoring Criteria (Awarding plans for sustainability and replication and/or expansion)All Criteria are scaled 1-10, with 1 being the lowest score on each dimension and 10 being the highest score on each dimension. Scores are weighted by the proportion of each dimension and then aggregated to create a final score. Judging criteria for Phase 2 include (Total Points 100%):

Demonstrates effectiveness (statistical significance) in: increasing rates of initiation of breastfeeding and/or increasing rates of continuation of breastfeeding among mothers in the United States:(30%)Demonstrates effectiveness (statistical significance) in addressing racial/ethnic disparities among breastfeeding mothers in the United States:

(30%)Demonstrate that the program has long-term viability:(20%)The likely effectiveness of the plan for replication and/or expansion: (1) in another geographic area or a wider geographic area; (2) in another clinical setting; and/or (3) by increasing the size and/or reach of the program:

(20%)Phase 3 Scoring Criteria (Awarding programs that have been successfully replicated in another setting)All Criteria are scaled 1-10, with 1 being the lowest score on each dimension and 10 being the highest score on each dimension. Scores are weighted by the proportion of each dimension and then aggregated to create a final score. Judging criteria for Phase 3 include (Total Points 100%):

Demonstrates effectiveness (statistical significance) in: increasing rates of initiation of breastfeeding and/or increasing rates of continuation of breastfeeding among mothers in the United States:(25%)Demonstrates effectiveness (statistical significance) in addressing racial/ethnic disparities among breastfeeding mothers in the United States:

(25%)Demonstrates that the program successfully replicated and/or expanded: (1) in another geographic area or a wider geographic area; (2) in another clinical setting; and/or (3) by increasing the size and/or reach of the program:(50%)How to EnterRegistration for this Challenge:

Beginning September 30, 2020 at 7:15 am EST, the identified Official Representative (individual, team, or legal entity) may register for this competition by sending an email to BreastfeedingChallenge@hhs.gov with the subject line stating ‘Breastfeeding Competition Registration’. In this email you must identify only one Official Representative for each competition registration. The Official Representative must provide a name and email address and, by sending in the registration, affirms on behalf of the participant (individual, team, or legal entity), that he or she has read and consents to be governed by the competition rules. Registration for this competition is due by December 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

Questions concerning this competition should be sent by email to.Phase 1: Identification of successful programsSubmissions for Phase 1 of this competition are due by December 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. The identified Official Representative (individual, team or legal entity) may apply for this competition by submitting an application by email to

. The application for Phase 1 of the competition shall meet the following requirements:Entries must consist of PDF files with font size no smaller than 11-point Arial.All submissions must be in English.Participants must not use HHS or other government logos or official seals in the submissions and must not otherwise give an appearance of Federal government endorsement.

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