Condoms are used by an estimated 750 million people across the globe and if worn properly they do their job pretty well. They are reliable; protect females against unwanted pregnancy and both partners from several STIs, including HIV transmission. However, unlike other technologies, this little life saving piece of tech haven’t changed much in the past five decades. So, isn’t it time for the “Next Generation Condoms”?
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering USD $100 K of initial funding with up-to USD $ 1 million of additional funding to anyone who can design a new and improved condom.
The money is being awarded through the Grand Challenges in Global Health Program and will go to anyone-scientists, students, or entrepreneur who can come up with a transformative idea. As “the primary drawback from the male perspective is that condoms decreases pleasure as compared to no condoms,” the basic aim of this grand challenge is to develop a male contraceptive that enhances pleasure during sex and is less of a burden to wear. Of course, ideas with better packaging would be an added advantage.
Got an idea for the “Next Generation Condom”? Applications are being accepted online at www.grandchallenges.org through May 7, 2013. To be considered for funding a proposal must have a testable hypothesis, include an associated plan for how the idea would be tested or validated. Concepts that appear to be too expensive for developing a world setting or would sacrifice the basic aim of preventing unplanned pregnancy or disease transmission would be straight away rejected. An independent team of reviewers will shortlist the most innovative proposals, and grants will be awarded approximately within 4 months following the deadline.
So, what kind of condom would your like to wear the next time you get laid? Share your thoughts about futuristic prophylactic through comments. You never know with some brainstorming you might just spark some killer innovation!