Call for Engineering Action on the COVID-19 Crisis

The current COVID-19 crisis separates us physically but also compels us to work together to address related societal and economic challenges, ranging from arresting the contagion to relieving stress on the health care system, production of vaccines, and reimagining life in today’s remote working and learning environment.

Along with the medical and scientific expertise that is being brought to bear on this challenge, the engineering community is ideally suited to address these challenges by sharing knowledge, skills, systems approaches, and an innovative mindset to combat the contagion and its impact. This project provides a mechanism to bring together people with great ideas.

There are 4 key themes that innovations will find themselves in (whether in the innovation hub OR in the review and incubation space of the initiative):

  • Finding testing centers, resource allocation, equitable dissemination of accurate information, AI, healthcare worker protection

  • Healthy self-isolation practices, avoiding social distress

  • Medical technologies, medical supply production, apps to monitor physical and mental health, tools for the elderly

  • Economic recovery, social and political recovery, reusable medical material

Engage with the Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP) and Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) communities and others to collectively brainstorm innovative engineering ideas that could help ameliorate the virus itself and/or its collateral discontinuities, such as impacts on the supply chain and closure of schools.

Join the incubator on the Slack ® platform, where entries will be categorized as above.

Welcome to the NAE initiative to help fight the coronavirus pandemic. The National Academy of Engineering was formed under the Congressional Charter of the National Academy of Sciences (collectively the “National Academies”).

You agree that your name and e-mail address may be made available to others and may be posted on websites hosted by the National Academies and other organizations and collaborators in the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program.

By submitting a proposal or entering this virtual workspace you retain your IP, with the following exception: For ideas that apply to providing an immediate, implementable solution to a COVID-19 related problem, urgently needed to arrest or decrease the contagion, you agree that the National Academy of Engineering will have a no-cost, worldwide license to use and disseminate your proposal, and to share your proposal with others in all media and languages. In such cases, you will be asked to commit to applying the Open Covid License -- Patent and Copyright (OCL-PC) 1.1 to all intellectual property incorporated in the proposal.

 


Special Acknowledgement Goes To
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