University of Cambridge launches effort to address future pandemics

University of Cambridge launches effort to address future pandemics

The University of Cambridge has announced the launch of a £10 million ($12.9 million) global challenge focused on innovative solutions that help build resilience against future pandemics.

Launched in partnership with private, public, and social sector organizations, the Trinity Challenge will award grants to multidisciplinary teams working to harness data and analytics in service to a world that is better protected against public health emergencies. To that end, solutions aimed at strengthening the global public health ecosystem in a robust and inclusive way will be fielded globally through an open submission process.

In addition to the university, founding members of the challenge include Aviva, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Brunswick Group, Discovery Limited, Facebook, the Global Virome Project, Google, HKUMed, Imperial College London, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Internews, Legal and General, the London School of Economics, McKinsey and Company, Microsoft, Northeastern University, Optum, Reckitt Benckiser, Tencent, and Zenysis Technology.

"There will be another COVID-19, and there is an opportunity for the international community to learn lessons now and prepare for the future," said Trinity College, Cambridge master Sally Davies. "The Trinity Challenge is a recognition by business, academia, and philanthropy of the need for new, breakthrough ideas and approaches to beat the next pandemic."

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