Scientists Without Borders

Collective Action to Address Global Challenges

Conceived in 2008 in partnership with the United Nations Millennium Project, Scientists Without Borders is a collaborative community of scientists, engineers and innovators dedicated to finding solutions for global development issues. Through its open innovation challenges, Scientists Without Borders harnesses the creative problem-solving power of our worldwide community of experts to find impactful solutions in global health, sustainability, and thought leadership. To learn about a few of our past challenges, visit the Featured Projects tab.

To participate as a solver or a mentor in future challenges, visit our Upcoming Challenges page.

Contact

Chenelle Bonavito Martinez, MS

Director, Policy Evaluation, and Transformation Group
212.298.8651

Bridging Animal, Veterinary, and Human Nutrition Science to Fight Human Malnutrition

An estimated two billion people worldwide suffer from malnutrition, with poor nutrition contributing to more than a third of the deaths of children under the age of five. Moreover, lack of proper nutrition during the critical period from conception to two years of age can results in lifelong adverse health and development outcomes. In this exciting project, we merged insights and innovations from the animal, veterinary, and human nutrition science communities to tackle this urgent problem.

This challenge is now closed. To learn more or view winning solutions, click here.

Essential Micronutrients for Maternal and Child Health

Cited by The White House as an example of Scientists Without Borders’s effective model of bringing game-changing innovations to global development issues, this challenge addressed maternal folic acid (FA) deficiency, which can profoundly contribute to infant mortality, and is crucial in preventing neural tube defects.

This challenge is now closed. To learn more or view winning solutions, click here.

Novel Ways to Tackle Diagnosis and Treatment Gaps in Global Mental Health

Mental health disorders surpass both cardiovascular disease and cancer in incidence, yet more than 75 percent of  individuals suffering serious mental health challenges in developing countries receive no treatment. Scientists Without Borders partnered with Johnson & Johnson to address this area of high unmet need through a $10,000 open-innovation, incentive-based Challenge.

This challenge is now closed. To learn more or view winning solutions, click here.

Contact

Chenelle Bonavito Martinez, MS

Director, Policy Evaluation, and Transformation Group

212.298.8651