Award by Rockefeller Foundation:
Rockefeller foundation, which was founded in 1913, as part of it’s centennial celebration decided to organize an innovation challenge in 2012 as expressed in this statement - "In addressing these modern challenges, we believe for The Rockefeller Foundation that innovation must be at the heart of our work. Innovation made possible the chartering of the Foundation in 1913. It enabled the establishment of the field of public health, the Green Revolution in agriculture, and the development of Impact Investing today. And innovation in its modern forms is the key to solving many of today’s problems as well, including building resilience and more equitable growth. That is why finding and supporting innovations that will make an impact over the next 100 years will be the central component of all of our Centennial activities."
We applied for the 2012 Innovation Challenge on May 24th, 2012 for KMES project.
The project due to its unique & innovative yet practical & feasible concept is seen as a bottom-up solution for medical emergency which can be replicated across cities in India and other LMICs (low and middle income countries), where emergency service is provided by varied emergency service providers with varying capability and where standardized, government sponsored medical emergency system (such as 9-1-1 in United States) doesn't exist.
Out of more than 2000 applicants, 15 Finalists were announced.From the 15 finalists, 8 winners were chosen on 26th June, 2012 in the Annual Innovation Forum in New York , among which our KMES project was the only one in Health Care area and from India.
We were really proud to find out that in the same forum our own Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata was the recipient of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the socially motivated projects done by Tata Group over the years.
The eight winners were invited to apply for a grant proposal that needs to be implemented in a one year project in 2013 and will be presented in the next innovation forum of Rockefeller foundation. We submitted the grant proposal to Rockefeller Foundation on August 9th for a total budget of $161,000 among which $100,000 was requested from Rockefeller Foundation as stipulated by the centennial fund guideline and $61,000 was our contribution).
Rockefeller Foundation’s grant proposal review team, comprising of Karl Brown, Associate Director, Applied technology (firstname.lastname@example.org
), SheetalMatani, Research and Project Manager (email@example.com
) and Jennifer Cooper,Grants Manager (Jcooper@rockfound.org
) reviewed our grant proposal thoroughly and was impressed with the proposal idea and content. Being satisfied with the reply the grant initiating officer, Karl Brown approved the proposal and circulated it internally for final approval by September middle. In-fact, knowing the founders situation (relocating from US to India for the project with a school going child) and realizing that the project is of immense potential, Karl, Sheetal and Jennifer had gone out of their way to speed up the process.
Based on the feedback of the grant review team, Rockfeller Foundation fully approved the grant on October 3rd for the requested amount of $100,000. As per our knowledge, among the 8 centennial innovation winners we were the first whose proposal was approved for the grant.
Initially a pilot project was planned with 2 Hospitals. As the project received extensive public communications via local media, social media and direct public interactions, we received multiple enquiries from interested citizens as well as from major hospitals. From all these communications we realized that we need to include all the major hospitals from different part of the city beyond the pilot sites to have a significant public health impact and will be useful for the general public/emergency responders/hospital administrations. As such, after consultation with Rockefeller Foundation, we have decided to expand our reach from the 4 pilot sites to all the major hospitals in Kolkata. The initial plan was to scale KMES across all these major hospitals in a two to three year plan after completion of the pilot project in the 2 sites. Instead, we are implementing it in all major hospitals within 2013. In-fact, due to an efficient implementation framework, we have already completed the development & integration for all the Hospitals those have shown interest and we will be implementing the system from December and going live to public in early 2014.
Award from AIIMS, New Delhi:
Meanwhile, the KMES project has been awarded the 2nd prize for HealthCare innovation in the Country’s leading Emergency Service Award program conducted by AIIMS New Delhi on 19th October, due to a very innovative yet practical and feasible concept, which can be replicated across cities with varied emergency service providers with varying capability.
The project is considered to be one of the most innovative Healthcare projects in urban medical emergency and has been covered by several public media in Kolkata: