Application & Teams

  • Who should apply?
    Project leads can be any person, 18-years-old, or older, residing in the U.S. Team members may include people younger than 18-years-old and those living outside the U.S.
  • What do I need to do to apply?
    Simple, you only need your words and ideas! Just fill out this application.
  • Do I already need a prototype of my project to apply?
    No. The process will result in prototypes. We are looking for ideas to be tested before any prototyping begins.
  • We have an existing customizable evidence-based web-based platform. Is making prototype based on the platform acceptable?
    It depends. We’ll be taking teams through a Design Thinking process to develop solutions to identified challenges. To that end, we are not as interested in already-developed solutions.
  • If you have a technological product developed can you add to it for your product strategy or does it need to be completely new, bare bones?
    No. This funding seeks to identify new and innovative technology-based solutions to address teen pregnancy. To that end, we are not providing funding for existing solutions.
  • Will projects be considered that have already received a small amount of funding from another source?
    Yes. If the funding source is flexible to allow for changes to the solution based on input from the end user then projects that have received another source of funding would be considered.
  • Who should be on my team?
    They should complement your skills and be passionate. They may be members of your same organization, but needn’t be.
  • Can I have more than three people on my team?
    No, the limit is three.
  • Is your guidance that the team of 3 include a web developer/designer, programmer, or individual with IT technology?
    The teams of 3 can include any make-up of individuals who will be best-suited to meet the expectations as described in the webinar and on the website. A web developer or technologist does not need to be part of the team of 3.
  • Do I have to represent/belong to an organization or business to apply?
    No, any individual may apply whether or not they are affiliated with an organization.
  • Do I have to work at a non-profit to apply?
    Absolutely not! We are looking for good ideas from people everywhere.
  • Do all my teammates need to work at the same organization/business?
    No, they don’t even need to be in the same location.
  • On the teams, how much are you interested in seeing demonstrated experience in teen pregnancy prevention versus passion and diversity?
    We have not included requirements with respect to experience in teen pregnancy prevention, but are committed to finding teams that have passion and diverse perspectives.
  • Are you allowed to write consultants into the proposal, who are outside the core team, and won't go to Design Thinking trainings, but will help the core team?
    The application requires you to provide information about three members of the innovation team who will be participating in the training activities. If it’s relevant for us to know about potential consultants who might be involved, you are welcome to tell us about them when you describe your team.
  • Can one organization submit more than one application?
    Yes, if organizations have multiple teams and multiple challenges, they are able to submit more than one application.
  • Can individuals apply on more than one team?
    Yes, individuals can apply on more than one team.
  • Do all individuals have to be part of the same organization?
    No, members of the innovation team can be from different organizations.
  • Does the lead team member have to be affiliated with an organization or company to be eligible for an award or can it just be three individuals?
    Innovation teams do not need to be affiliated with an organization, but they need to be able to manage the financial aspect of the project.
  • How do I get a DUNS number? Do I need to be a part of an organization?
    Any individual may obtain a DUNS number for free for this Federal funding. You do not need to have any organizational affiliation. To apply, visit http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform to start the process. At some point, you’ll need to call 866-705-5711 to finish the process. Call that number if you need help too. They will ask you for your name and organization up-front to create a case file. Because the DUNS is for Federal funding, it is free. If you find yourself in a process that requires payment, stop and call the number above.
  • To obtain a DUNS number I am being asked for the Funding Opportunity Number (FON) for the grant. What is it?
    Please use this grant number: TP2AH000023-01-00.


  • What is the timeline for applications and projects?
    Applications are due by January 31. Here’s more information about the project journey.
  • What is the anticipated start date for the project?
    The first workshop dates, which all three team members must attend, are on April 6 & 7.
  • How long is the process?
    The total time for the entire process, if your team is selected for the second stage, is 22 months. Here’s more information about the project journey.
  • What is the commitment for this project?
    It depends. It will be intension for some periods and lighter for others. When you are in the field, you may have to commit 100% for a week, for example. Other weeks may require a 20% commitment. We'll be accepting only those who can commit to all workshop days on April 6-7 (Introduction to Design Thinking), May 19-20 (Jump to Innovation/Synthesis Workshop), and August 18-19 (Shark Tank Workshop).


  • Does my idea have to focus only on teen pregnancy prevention?
    Projects must lead to outcomes in teen pregnancy prevention but can include other outcomes, such as STI prevention, as well.
  • What are “high risk populations” for teen pregnancy?
    There are audiences that historically have been underserved. We want to give them more attention. For more on this topic, see this information.
  • What age range of the audience that my innovation may serve?
    OAH does not have restrictions on the age of focus of innovators, as long as the ultimate focus of the project is on preventing teen pregnancy. The CDC, for example, is planning to work with older males; OAH also has an evidence-based intervention on their list that focuses on an entire elementary school as the level of the intervention (http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/oah-initiatives/tpp_program/db/programs/ebp-r...). Providers and parents are appropriate targets for the intervention as long as their behaviors affect teen pregnancy prevention.
  • What other aspects of adolescent sexual health can I address?
    Anything, as long as teen pregnancy prevention is a part of the mix.
  • This has a focus on pregnancy prevention only, not on disease prevention?
    No, we are interested in projects that go beyond pregnancy prevention and include disease prevention, or dare we say health promotion, as well.
  • What kind of technology should we use for our project?
    Technology can be defined in many ways--and we sincerely hope it is. Big data, apps, wearable tech, videos, mobile, geo-location, electronic health records, etc., are all a part of the mix.
  • What is Design Thinking and why is it so awesome?
    Design Thinking led to the development of the Bedsider program and we think it’s successful because we used that framework. Design thinking helps you to empathize with your audiences needs and barriers and, from that, deep insights and effective programs are borne. For more on Design thinking, visit here, here, and here.
  • Can the target audience be a group other than teens (i.e. youth-serving orgs)?
    Yes. Refer to the How Might We section for more examples.

Workshops & Location

  • Do I have to live near San Francisco to participate?
    Not at all!
  • If I don’t live near San Francisco, how can I participate in the Design Thinking workshops with IDEO?
    Your funding in stage one ($80,000) will be used for travel to the design workshops.
  • What can I expect from the workshops with IDEO?
    You and your team will be walked through the essentials of a four-month innovation project in the workshops. The team will build innovation confidence and competence and emerge with foundational knowledge and a real experience in design thinking. The result is that you’ll be ready to apply design thinking immediately to solve your challenge, support a culture of innovation in your communities and organizations, and turn great ideas into solutions that make an impact whatever your future challenges are.
  • Can you share a little bit about what you envision "formative testing" to entail?
    Formative testing will involve testing different phases and/or pieces of the solution with the target audience to get feedback and make changes during the design process.

Awards & Budget

  • How much money will be awarded? How should that money be used?
    In stage one, we will award $80,000 to ten teams. In stage two, we will award five winning teams a range of $250,000 - $325,000. Funding should be used for travel, field work, prototyping, and building your project (in stage two).
  • Is Stage Two funding only open to those participating in Stage One?
  • Will teams receive funding support in Stage 2?
    Five of the initial 10 innovation teams selected in Stage 1 will be selected for participation in Stage 2. These teams will receive additional funding to meet the Stage 2 expectations.
  • I need help with my budget. Do you have a template or example budget?
    We don’t need budgets now! We will guide you through the budgeting process during the workshops. Detailed budgets will be submitted only at the end of stage one.
  • How will the grant be awarded to my team?
    The project lead will receive funding and, together with the two other team members, decide how the money will be spent.
  • Will we get audited during the project?
    Teams must be prepared to be accountable for the money they spend.
  • Can awards funding be used for indrect costs?
    Yes. Funding may be used for any expense towards the completion of the project and program goals.
  • What percentage of the budget can be for indirect costs?
    We have not included budgetary requirements. We expect that teams will use the funding provided to meet all of the expectations described for stage 1 with the initial funding provided.
  • May we use part of the $80,000 to cover travel for three team members to and from San Francisco?
    Yes, it is expected that the $80,000 in funding provided during Stage 1 will cover all travel costs.
  • Is the funding cap $80,000, or is that just for direct costs?
    For Stage 1, innovation teams will receive $80,000 to cover all costs.
  • Just to be sure: the $80,000 is only for April-Aug 2016. Correct? Stage 2 would be for the latter time frame?
    Yes. Stage 1 is $80,000 for work from April – Aug 2016.
  • Has a similar project been funded in the past, or is this an entirely new venture?
    This is an entirely new venture.
  • In either Stage 1 or Stage 2, may the funding go towards salaries/stipends (to fund PhD students to do this work instead of needing to take on a research assistantship or teaching assistantship)?
    Innovation teams are able to use the funds to cover any costs associated with the project including salaries and stipends.
  • I'm an individual applying (with other individuals), seperate from an organization. How am I taxed?
    We can't comment on that question because it's neither a program or grants related question; you should consult with a tax attorney. The updated grant regulations has a plethora of information that may be helpful: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?node=pt45.1.75

Selection Process

  • What is involved in the selection process?
    For more on the selection process see this page.
  • How many teams will be selected?
    We will select 10 teams for stage one and five teams for stage two. We will repeat the whole process starting in 2017.
  • What criteria will you focus on for evaluating the best teams/ideas?
    We are funding people first, then ideas. Good and passionate people who are open to the design thinking framework lead to good ideas and powerful results. See this page for more on the selection criteria.
  • Who will be evaluating the applications?
    A team of people representing many disciplines and age ranges--including teens--will make the selection.
  • What are the next steps if my team’s application is selected?
    The next step is that we’ll schedule a virtual interview for you and your team.
  • What is a minimal viable product (MVP)?
    From Wikipedia: “A minimum viable product has just those core features that allow the product to be deployed, and no more.” Put another way, it’s the minimum you need to do to get the results you seek. It’s maximum ROI at minimal risk.
  • What is the expectation for outcome/process evaluation for our MVP by the end of Stage 2?
    We expect that innovation teams will have conducted assessment and prototyping throughout Stage 2 of the process and will be poised for more rigorous evaluation.


  • Who will have proprietary rights to my team’s project and ideas?
    You do, but OAH as the grantor does reserve some rights. See this document for more information.
  • Can you talk a bit more about the intellectual property agreement? Does that mean that OAH ultimately owns the product once it is developed?
    The innovation teams will own the product that is developed, but OAH will have access to the product and will be able to share it with others and use it for their own work. Here is the key paragraph from that OAH document we reference in the question above: "Although the Office of Adolescent Health does not have plans to use projects funded through the TPP Tier2A grant program for commercial purposes, OAH reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive and irrevocable right to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use the work first developed by a recipient (or subrecipient) under the TPP Tier2A grant award for Federal purposes, and to authorize others to do so."
  • Can I still participate if my job made me sign an “intellectual property rights” agreement as a condition of my employment?
    Yes. The rules governing this project superceed whatever you may have signed with your organization. If that’s not acceptable to your organization, perhaps you shouldn’t apply.
  • Can the product/idea be commercialized?