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Mobilizing and Empowering the Nation and Technology to Address Loneliness and Social Isolation (MENTAL) Health Innovation Challenge

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Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sep 14, 2020

The Mobilizing and Empowering the Nation and Technology to Address Loneliness and Social Isolation (MENTAL) Health Innovation Challenge is looking for solutions that assess socially isolated individuals and match them with appropriate technology tools and social engagement programming that best meet their needs. The winning solution will become part of a campaign to reach up to 10 million socially isolated older adults, people with disabilities, racial and minority populations, and veterans.

Activities include:

  • Create an accessible technology and social engagement clearinghouse that catalogs and links the array of technology, apps, and social engagement programming resources
  • Design a user friendly interface that allows consumers to be matched to appropriate technology tools and programs based on their identified needs, interests, and abilities
  • Design a user centered process to enable a seamless end to end experience for an individual in identifying, acquiring/accessing and using appropriate solutions to address their social isolation
  • Propose a mechanism to include and update user reviews and other information about usability, quality, accessibility and availability of social engagement programming and technology tools that informs individual decisions about which products to select
  • Pilot the use of the assessment and clearinghouse in a variety of settings including Aging and Disability Resource Centers
  • Evaluation of the pilot should also include the performance of the matching algorithms, the ability of the individual to enroll in selected social engagement programs and acquire the selected technology, and the impact the selected social engagement programs and technology tools have had on increasing the individual's level of social engagement

Eligible participants are individuals and teams that are not acting within the scope of federal employment. Each team must designate a captain who must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The Phase 1 Prize Challenge fund is $150,000. Three finalists will win $50,000 upon selection and progress to Phase II.

The Phase 2 Prize Challenge award amount is $550,000. The winner will be awarded $450,000 and the runner-up will be awarded $100,000.

The finalists and the winner are eligible for a $50,000 bonus prize if they submit a written assessment detailing their continued work to implement, scale and sustain the solution.

Application process

To apply, follow the Phase 1 instructions listed on the program website.

Registration is due by July 15, 2020 and Phase 1 submissions are due by September 8, 2020.

Tagged as
Aging and aging-related services · Elderly population · Mental health · Minorities · People with disabilities · Technology for health and human services · Veterans

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