Aspirin Social Innovation Award

Social Pioneers in Health & Nutrition

Societal ecosystems are complex and face diverse challenges. Innovations often reach those who need them only thanks to support from social initiatives. It is this pioneering commitment to society that the Bayer Cares Foundation has been honoring with the Aspirin Social Award in a pilot since 2010.

After redesign in 2016, the new Aspirin Social Innovation Award today focuses on social innovation in health and nutrition with international scope.

We want to honor the most powerful social changemakers in the world – people with new answers for the challenges of society in areas connected to health and nutrition.
Therefore, we organize the award in strategic partnership with non-profit organizations and leading entrepreneurship networks.
Carefully selected nominations will come from these networks. Self-nominations with the Bayer Foundations are not possible.

Selection and benefits
Every year, five winners receive the award with prize money of 20,000€ each.
The international foundation jury selects four winners in a competitive multi-step process with the following selection criteria:

  • Innovative power
  • Excellence of doing
  • Opportunity for change
  • Relevance for society
  • Entrepreneurial spirit (but nominees must be registered non-profits or b-corporations)
  • Fit to Bayer mission “Science For A Better Life”

An additional winner will be selected through a global public online voting.

For more information about the award and general funding opportunities with Bayer Foundations please contact the foundation office at +49 214 30 42224.

Our winners 2017

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iBreast – Handheld Breast Cancer Screening Device (USA / India), online voting winner 2017:

Early detection of breast cancer is still a luxury for many women around the world. Passionate work and innovative technologies packed into a small handheld screening device could be the game changer.

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HerHealth (Uganda), winner 2017:

The threat of cervical cancer is constantly overlooked in many African countries. To fight the common unawareness of this major thread, HerHealth made cervical cancer self-diagnosis easy with a combination of two simple tools: a smartphone and a handy little test pin.

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Matibabu - Non-Invasive Malaria Test Device (Uganda), winner 2017:

Millions of people nowadays live in parts of the world where malaria poses a constant threat to the population’s health. To make preventive screening easier, safer and more affordable, MATIBABU was developed: the world’s first non-invasive test device for mass malaria screening that eliminates all infection risks.

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Tetragon - Braille Ring (Austria), winner 2017:

Visually impaired people are limited to 9 syllables when reading postings and articles online using standard braille bars. BrailleRing is a revolutionary smart reading device translating full internet texts onto a braille drum device by putting a flat line of braille text on the inside of a drum where any text can be displayed in endless circuits with no need to reload a display.

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Thriving Green (Germany), winner 2017:

A dedicated group of students created a completely new approach cultivating superfood to fight hunger and the consequences of malnutrition in Kenya: the spirulina algae succeeds where conventional farming fails.

Previous award winners (examples)

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Antenas por los Niños – TechPuppets for Good (Mexico), online voting winner 2016:

Digitalized animated puppets serving as a psychological tool for customized treatment of traumatized children in Mexico. more

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Baby Scale Initiative (Switzerland), winner 2016:

Improving infant and child healthcare through a novel weight-based drug dose treatment training methodology for health workers in Africa. more

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Kamal Kisan – simple tools for small farmers (India), winner 2016:

Kamal Kisan closes a gap by creating simple and innovative tools and machines that easily integrate into agricultural practices of small and marginal farmers. more

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LifeShift – Portable solar driven sterilizer (Germany), winner 2016:

Portable solar driven sterilizer device providing a practical solution for germ-free surgery in the remotest regions of the world by enabling sterilized medical instruments without the need to have electricity or clean water.

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RFRC Refugee First Response Center (Germany), winner 2016:

A smart mobile medical response center connecting the container device with a high-tech telemedicine and on-demand translational service to enhance quality of medical response in refugee hot-spots. more

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Jourvie, laureate 2015:
Ekaterina Karabasheva and her team developed a specialized app that simplifies therapies for eating disorders – a great tool helping patients to comply with therapy rules. more

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NCL Foundation, laureate 2015:
The foundation designed an instructional package that teaches students about the genetic basics of the rare disease childhood dementia.  more

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Explain TB, laureate 2014:
Dr. med. Frank Herzmann developed a patient communication app to explain tuberculosis using infographics and videos in 33 languages. more

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Was hab ich? (What's my diagnosis?), laureate 2014:
Network of medicine students and doctors translating medical results online, free-of-charge into everyday language. more

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Discovering Hands, laureate 2014:
Gynecologist Dr. Frank Hoffmann developed a training method for blind women to become “tactile medical examinators” (MTUs) in breast cancer detection. MTUs find tumors up-to 9 months earlier – a handicap becomes a gift. more