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. We suggest having at least one team member with expertise or at least experience in technology and/or design.
  • Can I have more than three people on my team?
    The limit is three for the core team. You may have a larger team work on your project in between the workshops, but the same three team members must be the ones to take part in each of the workshops.  
  • 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 you think will be best-suited to meet the expectations of the program. A web developer or technologist does not need to be part of the team of 3, but we strongly encourage you to consider including someone with a technology or design background.
  • 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.
  • 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 11:59pm Pacific Time on January 2nd, 2019. 
  • What is the anticipated start date for the project?
    The first workshop, which all three team members must attend, will take place March 18-21, 2019.
  • How long is the process?
    The total time is from March through June 2019.
  • What is the time commitment for this project?
    It depends. It will be intense for some periods and lighter for others. When you are in the field, you may have to commit 100% on those days, for example. Other weeks may require a 20% commitment. We'll be accepting only those who can commit to all workshop days—March 18-21 and May 6-9—as well as a culminating virtual pitch event (exact date TBD) in early June.


  • 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. 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, including disease prevention and/or health promotion.
  • 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 audience's 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 (e.g., youth-serving orgs)?
    Yes. Refer to the How Might We section for more examples.

Workshops & Location

  • Do I have to live near the workshop location to participate?
    Not at all! We have had teams from across the country to participate. The workshops will take place in Dallas and Chicago.
  • If I don’t live near the workshop location, how can I participate in the Design Thinking workshops with IDEO?
    Your funding ($70,000) will be used, in part, for travel to the design workshops.
  • What can I expect from the workshops?
    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, emerging 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?
    We will award $70,000 to five teams. Funding should be used for travel, field work, and prototyping.
  • 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. 
  • 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 project expectations.
  • May we use part of the $70,000 to cover travel for three team members to and from the workshops?
    Yes, it is expected that the $70,000 in funding will cover all travel costs.
  • Is the funding cap $70,000, or is that just for direct costs?
    Innovation teams will receive $70,000 to cover all costs.
  • Has a similar project been funded in the past, or is this an entirely new venture?
    This is the third cohort of a venture that began in 2016. You can read more about the first and second Innovation Next cohorts, and how teams are selected
  • May the funding go towards salaries/stipends (e.g., 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 five teams. 
  • 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. Though we do not expect you to create an MVP by June 2019, we do hope that you will develop a solid plan so that you can secure additional funding to build the MVP after the close of Innovation Next. 


  • 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 supersede 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?