Earlier this month, the IDA Design Awards and the European Product Design Award teamed up to create the "COVID-19 Design Innovation Grant". The grant is a response by the two groups to support and encourage designers focused on finding solutions to assist with the COVID-19 crisis.
If you've already been working on a design for ventilators, architectural solutions that are responsive to the social distancing order, informational posters, or face mask designs, this could be a great opportunity to get a little funding to bring it to reality.
Here are some of the grants available through the Design Innovation Grant program:
The ventilator is the difference between life or death for people with acute symptoms of COVID-19. We invite product designers 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.
A big challenge facing many during this pandemic is isolating a sick person from the healthy members of their family when they have to remain under the same roof. This $5,000 grant will be for a simple, practical, 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.
Our modern interconnected lifestyle has allowed COVID-19 to spread around the world at unprecedented speed, sending billions of people into lockdown as health services struggle to cope. We invite graphic designers and illustrators 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.
As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to rise sharply, some health experts have begun suggesting that we should all be wearing masks of some kind. We invite fashion designers to create fashionable and reusable masks protective gear to help stop the spread of the virus.
It's important to note that there isn't much time to get these applications together as the application deadline is Thursday, April 30—so don't wait, work on your entry now.