The Institute of Global Health Innovation's Student Challenges Competition gives students the opportunity to showcase and develop their ideas to bring about positive change to global health. The competition is open to all university students based in the UK and offers the chance to win funding towards implementing their idea to improve world health.  

Applications are invited for projects that cover any aspect of global health innovation. 

For example:

  • Aiding patients with physical disabilities in the developing world;
  • Improving sanitation and hygiene;
  • Tackling chronic diseases;
  • Finding new diagnostics for infectious diseases in remote areas;
  • Enhancing and reshaping global health policy and processes

Who is eligible?

Any undergraduate or postgraduate university student based in the UK (you can enter as a single applicant or as a group).

Judging and evaluation criteria

Several criteria will be considered for shortlisting, with applicability, feasibility and portability as primary considerations. Winning projects will need to have many of the following characteristics:

  • Technical / clinical / business innovation
  • Potential global health impact
  • Plans for economic implementation and feasibility 

Shortlisted candidates will have an opportunity to present their projects to an external board in the annual Dragon’s Den-style event to find the winner.


The Institute will offer prize money to winners and runners-up and will consist of the following prizes:

  • Winners - £5,000 award 
  • Runners-up - £2,500 award 
  • Audience Choice Award - £1,000 

How to enter 

To enter, you will need to complete an application form and submit a 2-3 minute compulsory promotional video illustrating your project idea and how it works.

Full details of how the competition works and what you need to do to enter can be found here.

Terms and conditions 

Read the full terms and conditions document here, which outlines what is expected from you as an applicant/finalist. 


The competition for the 2018/19 academic year is now closed. But if you'd like to apply next year, keep an eye out for information on 2019/20's competition later in the year.