Proposals will be solicited in specific focus areas:
- HUMAN RESOURCES, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT (HLD) Develop and retain staff through game-changing learning and development initiatives
- MEDICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (MRD) Support medical R&D projects that give priority to the needs of the populations MSF assists
- OPERATIONS IMPROVEMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY (OIT) Strengthen MSF operational capacity; adopt state-of-the-art practices, tools and technology to improve field work
- EFFICIENCY GAINS (EFG) Implement cost reduction initiatives to minimize duplication and free up funds and people to focus on social mission
The TIC will consider proposals outside these areas where a strong rationale/business case is presented
Types of Projects
Incubator projects include investments under €250,000. These projects may start small but have the potential to scale to major transformational projects.
Large-scale project include investments greater than €250,000 but less than €2.5M.
Very-Large-Scale projects include investments of €2.5M or more.
The TIC Project Dashboard will provide information on proposals reviewed by the Secretariat and Selection Committee – including a breakdown of projects by focus areas, category (incubator or large-scale), and total number of accepted projects. Once available, information on approved projects and completed projects, including project status and outcomes, will be shared.
17 Human Resources Learning and Development
22 Medical Research and Development
23 Operational Improvements and Technology
13 Efficiency Gains
82 Total # of TIC Funded Projects
* Information will be updated on a periodic basis, following Selection Committee and ExCom meetings.
See the section Projects on the Go (below) for a list of projects that have been accepted for TIC funding.
Concept Notes, Business Cases, status reports, and videos for submitted projects are available on our SharePoint site (for those with an MSF e-mail address only).
Projects on the Go
HUMAN RESOURCES, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT (HLD)
Intersectional Surgical Training Centre
Global shortage in surgical workforce, as well as increased specialization of surgeons in high and middle income countries, has led to MSF surgeons not being familiar with many interventions they must perform in the field. The Intersectional Surgical Training Centre (ISTC) will work to reduce this gap and improve safety of surgical care through a specialized, eight-week on-site training program.
TEMBO: Your personal learning and development environment
TEMBO will create personal learning and development environments with real time access to learning and development. This project will address the gap in qualified staff and experienced managers by transforming the way MSF’s staff work/learn/develop.
To improve clinical and “public health/organisational” competences for national and expat doctors and nurses across MSF, a Medical Academy will be established in partnership with universities and professional schools, offering continuing education, graduate and post-graduate accredited programs.
MSF Field Simulation
Deploy and test “field medical simulation based learning solutions” that can be effectively used at field level by trained supervisors with the support of the mission’s HR & Medical Dept’s and Learning Unit.
Apply statistical modeling, predictive algorithms and future-state simulation to MSF’s HR data to develop an HR pipeline tool which produces metrics that can forecast field worker attrition and retention and aid in workforce planning.
People Respect and Value/Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Define possible aspirational behaviours for MSF and establish a change agenda focusing on positive adjustments to working with patients, colleagues and partners based on organisational identity, operational and behavioural considerations.
Strengthening Boards in MSF
Complete a systematic assessment and develop a toolbox, an online repository and a network of experienced board members to strengthen the capacity of MSF boards and support board members learning needs.
MSF’s Speaking Out – Building Social Mission Training Tools
Builds on MSF Speaking Out Case Studies (SOCS) by creating accessible training tools (podcasts, videos, presentations) for MSF, academia and the broader humanitarian sector to improve decision-making for ethical dilemmas and advocacy faced in the field.
Anti-Racism: Building Awareness and Changing Practices
Addressing structural racism has been identified as a priority for MSF, yet widespread lack of knowledge and understanding of racism limits our ability to hold conversations on racism. This project facilitates a discovery-based anti-racism journey and aims to increase knowledge and understanding of racism at MSF through training, resource-sharing and the creation of a conversation framework.
Intersectional Critical Incident Response (CIRT) e-Training
This project aims to develop an intersectional, all OC’s, hybrid e-training system on Critical Incident Response, agree on the common, cross-OC training content, test common and targeted-specific modular content at the project level with users and feedback incorporated into updated content.
Accessing all MSF field workforce (Staff Survey)
The project will develop systems to survey MSF field staff on employment and security in order to enable MSF to make decisions, policies and investments, as well as monitor their impact, based on insights that reflect both internationally mobile and nationally hired program staff’s voices.
Empowering Field Staff via Multi-Media Design Lab
This project aims to transform medical learning content for frontline staff by empowering subject matter experts and learners to develop content that can be easily understood and implemented in the field while democratizing learning and bringing the experience/expertise of speakers into the hands of field staff when and where they need it.
MEDICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (MRD)
POCUS: Point-of-Care Ultrasound
The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) technology revolution exemplifies MSF’s principles of providing proper medical care in even the direst circumstances by using a medical device with simplified clinical algorithms which can be used at the bedside and taught to non-radiologists.
Strategic Transformation of the Market of Hepatitis C treatments (STORM-C)
The goal of STORM-C is to increase access to care and treatment for HCV patients in key LMICs through evidence for treatment, innovative models of care, scale-up and a ‘test and cure’ strategy that will have a major impact on transmission.
Conventional methods for bacteriological culture are not adapted to low-resource facilities and provide results that are not easily interpreted by clinicians. To address this challenge this project will develop a small-scale, low-cost, transportable clinical bacteriology lab, enabling the diagnosis of sepsis, antibiotic resistance sensitivity and surveillance at the hospital level by trained, non-expert clinicians and lab technicians.
Mobile Laboratory for Outbreaks Control
Disease outbreak detection is often unavailable at the field level, this project will develop a mobile laboratory to investigate outbreak alerts that can be rapidly deployed.
MSFeCARE: a virtual coach to bridge quality of care gaps
This project will design, implement and scale an electronic Decision Support system tool to provide frontline clinicians with guided decision making support to increase the quality of clinical assessment and medical care.
Transforming MSF’s Approach to Primary Health Care
MSF provides millions of outpatient consultations at the primary health care level every year, however there is currently a one size fits all approach to care. This project will transform the quality of care and clinical outcomes for patients by developing a patient-centered, culturally-safe approach for services delivered at the primary health care level for a diverse range of contexts/settings.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) for TB
Address the gap in MSF’s ability to diagnose TB by determining the feasibility and usability of chest X-ray with Computer Aided Detection (CAD) in TB screening and triage and evaluating its impact in MSF contexts. This uses AI technology and training to support MSF clinicians in analyzing medical images and detecting radiographic abnormalities. Two pilots will test two applications: (a) integrated into a hospital setting, and (b) for population screening.
In the fight against Antimicrobial Resistance, this project is developing an open source and offline application, using artificial intelligence and machine learning, to improve clinical care of patients by supporting non-expert laboratory technicians measuring and interpreting Antibiotic Susceptibility Tests (AST) to help doctors prescribe accurate antibiotics to their patients and ultimately support the update of empirical treatment based on real etiology.
This project seeks to address an estimated 100,000 patients worldwide with multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB) and additional fluoroquinolone (FQ) resistance by identifying an effective, shorter, less toxic and all-oral regimen. Clinical trials will be conducted to assess if the efficacy of an experimental 6- or 9-month regimen (26 or 39 weeks) is non-inferior to the efficacy of the control regimen at 73 weeks.
LGBTQ+, Inclusion in MSF Health Settings
Reduce barriers to appropriate and dignified healthcare by transforming how LGBTQ+ patients are welcomed and treated in MSF health projects through increased organizational literacy and competencies by developing multiple tools for field use and training modules for medical providers, leveraging best practices and other MSF models.
Conduct a feasibility study to explore options of improving access to quality medicines at affordable prices through an online not-for-profit ecommerce platform that sells medicines to individuals or to health institutions that purchase in bulk. The project is based on a 3 month “opportunity study for an online Individual Drug Supply Information and Delivery System” and aims to confirm its identified hypothesis.
Vaccination Decision Making Tool
This project aims to assess vaccination decision making processes and identify barriers and facilitators to design community-based strategies specifically adapted to the intervention by developing and testing an innovative, user-friendly and community-centered tool.
OPERATIONS IMPROVEMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY (OIT)
Solar Production of Medical Oxygen
Building off the lessons learned from the Sweden Innovation Unit this project will pilot the design and installation of a solar powered system that will deliver low-pressure, medical-grade oxygen in health facilities.
New Approaches for Addressing Extreme Violence
This project will identify, treat and help populations, communities and individuals suffering the cumulative effects of exposure to extreme violence, even though they continue to be exposed. Adapt new approaches, exploring a combination of different techniques that put the patient truly at the centre and engage the community within local contexts.
A New Era of Working with Community Organisations
This project aims to revolutionize MSF’s approach to community-led initiatives by ensuring capacity and sustainability to carry on programming after MSF exits a project, to test and learn exit strategy models that better leave empowered local partners for continuity of care and community presence and activities in health care and advocacy.
Community First: a Model for Community-Centred Emergency Response
This project aims to pilot, test, learn and further develop a model for change by developing innovative community-centred methodology, content and platform, assist vulnerable and marginalized communities to develop the skills and organizational processes to sustain their own culturally appropriate responses to current and future health emergencies, increasing their resilience and autonomy.
Generic Modular Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for MSF Settings
Increase quality of clinical care by developing a robust, patient-centered and context specific Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system for efficient and secure sharing of clinical data among healthcare providers. Test the feasibility of implementing next generation EMR technologies such as OpenMRS 3.0 to improve and future proof MSF medical interventions. If successful, pursue movement wide implementation through a second phase.
GURU Knowledge Management Feasibility Study
Addressing MSF’s knowledge management challenges by conducting a feasibility study for “MSF GURU”: a virtual knowledge assistant. The project proposes to assess a technological model based on artificial intelligence which includes a chatbot to guide users in their search for information in the complex ecosystem of MSF information systems.
Intervention Lifespan: Reconstructing from a Knowledge Management Perspective
This project aims to address the vital and valuable field operational and contextual knowledge that is fragmented or lost in MSF contexts and operations by reconstructing the entire lifespan of the intervention and display it in a layered, digitalised, highly curated way. This includes the decisions made, their rationale and impact, the contextual information, trends – micro and macro, and lessons learned.
WaCA: Digital Transformation
This project aims to produce a digital transformation roadmap for WaCA through the adoption of digital tools which can support a more data-driven executive and associative approach to medical and humanitarian care that crosses organizational boundaries – leadership, medical, operational, human resources, logistics, supply, finance and advocacy.
Develop and pilot patient support platforms (applications and services) to (1) improve patient outcomes and quality of care; and (2) provide a draft framework/toolbox for sharing processes, best practices, and guidance across MSF on how to approach and integrate patient support digital health tools for improved efficiency and outcomes. Focus on appropriate care for patients living with chronic and complex conditions, notably Tuberculosis (TB) and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
Telecommunications (Radio) Technology Transfer
Support MSF transitioning from analogue to digital radio technology by preparing field projects with change management, developing tools and training materials. Preparing the changeover enables the organization to forecast and plan the implementation and avoid a gap between the future needs and the market offerings. Implementing digital radio improves the safety and security of field operations among other advantages such as longer range, increased battery life, improved audio quality and interoperability with other communication systems.
EFFICIENCY GAINS (EFG)
Single Data Entry
A scanning and reading technology integrated in a mobile application that will be collecting item information using 3 technologies: QR Code, Data Matrices and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and integrated in all nodes of the international medical supply chain, from European Supply Centers (ESCs) to field projects.
SHARP – Shared Application Reporting Platform
This project aims to create an intersectional data warehouse platform to collect/store data sets and generate reports (existing and new) on shared applications such as UniField and Homere to maximize use of support functions through data-driven decision-making.
Just In Time Distribution
This project aims to provide a new service to MSF’s field medical teams, where they can access a select range of oral, injectable drugs and laboratory consumables from MSF’s existing supply centres on demand, delivered directly to project pharmacies in a matter of days, without the need for extended forecasting and lead times required with the standard international order cycle.
International Treasury Centre Pilot
Currently, excess “idle” cash is separately managed by MSF’s entities. This is limiting and has high opportunity cost. The proposed solution is an international treasury centre with 2 primary focuses for bettering our management of excess cash: an international cash-pool for Euros and US Dollars, as well as an in-common hedging strategy and tool, for those entities who choose to participate. This enables leveraging movement-wide excess cash position in financial markets; applying a consistent strategy to cover currency risk; employing MSF’s own liquidity before turning to expensive external loans, and mutualizing expert treasury expertise. The model could also enable transactions better coordinated, less non-competitive banking fees, and less need for last-minute emergency transfers from each other to cover short terms cash needs. These models will be tested in a 9-month pilot study.
Supply Network – East Africa
This project aims to create a unified supply network in East Africa to optimize the use of MSF resources and reduce activity duplication in existing structures in the region: Support Unit Kampala (SUKA), Kenya Supply Unit (KSU) and other European Supply Centres (ESC)/OCs. Phase 1 is focused on redesigning the distribution network for a specific list of 80 large volume items such as ringer and gloves, for delivery to missions in East Africa with a better total cost of ownership (goods and transport). Four workstreams include (1) legal, (2) process & product quality,(3) financial and (4) order flow, supporting the future set-up frame.
Climart Smart: MSF’s Environmental Impact Toolkit
This project will adapt an audit tool to measure and monitor MSF’s environmental footprint for field missions and MSF offices.
Creating a model for supporter engagement in new entities
This project aims to transform the way we identity, capture and measure the value of the full spectrum of our supporters (financial and non-financial) by creating a new model for MSF new entities that will develop a broader supporters classification, capture the impact of the way we engage with our communities and further expand the activities for new entities in MSF.
HUMAN RESOURCES, LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT (HLD)
Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine course development
The Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine (GHHM) course will address the gap in global access to training and improve the quality of patient care through the development of an online, low cost, part time version of the existing course.
Global Induction Project
The goal of the Global Induction Project is to take the basic principle that says all newly recruited staff should have access to an induction to perform their work in the best conditions and make that a reality across the organization.
Khetha: Youth HIV
To construct a learning model (facility and out-of-facility) which speaks to both male and female youth about HIV to provide them with knowledge and sensitize them to HIV’s impact on their lives.
Mentoring and Coaching Hub
Mentoring and Coaching Hub will address issues with high staff turnover, and the increasing demands on staff and staff management in MSF by extending the existing Mentoring and Coaching Program and create an online repository of training/development/learning programs, capitalizing on MSF experience from all OCs/PS.
The MSF LEAP: Leadership Education Academic Partnership
LEAP will aim to develop senior staff knowledge, skills, retention and career paths by investing in MSF future leadership through higher education; targeting mid-level senior field staff (national and international).
MEDICAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (MRD)
Innovative Vector Control Tools for Malaria Control
Through an examination of potentially new Genetically Modified Mosquito (GMM) tools that may address malaria-related mortality, this project will focus on building MSF’s GMM knowledge, ensure vulnerable populations are engaged, and examine and/or influence the ethical/IP/community implications.
The 3P Project
To address TB’s deadly impact, drug-resistant forms and lengthy, toxic, expensive treatments, the 3P project will transform R&D around TB using a collaborative approach to finance and coordinate R&D through pull funding (milestone prizes), collaborative pooling of IP, and push funding for R&D activities upfront.
Hospital Ship Feasibility Study
The Hospital Ship Feasibility Study will critically assess viability (needs, security, safety, access, financial, managerial, legal, ethical, etc.) to convert a cruise ship into a MSF hospital ship to address medical needs of populations in crisis zones.
Access to Medical (Literature) Knowledge
This project will investigate the feasibility of a system for simple, direct, and instantaneous access to online scientific journals and full-text articles for all health staff in MSF.
Feasibility Study for a Patent Collective
This project will look at new potential strategies for accessing, acquiring, and licensing intellectual property to improve access to medicines, looking at the feasibility of strategies used successfully in the tech and other sectors, working closely with Access Campaign and other MSF stakeholders.
Safe Water Optimization Tool for Humanitarian Response
This project will build on existing research to produce a field-facing tool that deploys machine learning and statistical algorithms to analyze routinely collected water quality data in order to generate real-time water chlorination guidance that optimizes water safety at any field site.
Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in MSF
This project aims to conduct a baseline study to determine how inclusive are MSF HQ and field policies, MSF trainings for field staff, and MSF project activities. This baseline will be used to create a short guideline on awareness and inclusion, and develop training modules on inclusion for HQ and missions.
Evaluating the use of hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19 in health care workers in low-resource settings
Investigate the use of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 prophylaxis for frontline health care workers in low-resource settings by participating in a multi-site, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled prophylaxis study (COPCOV) sponsored by Oxford University, by leveraging Epicentre’s proven 20-year track record and capacity to run a clinical trial of 400 participants in Niger, which would be the first site in Africa among other Oxford study sites in Europe and Asia.
Cancer Care in Low Resource Settings
To address inequities in access to prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancers in MSF this project will develop a multi-disciplinary networking approach to identify the barriers to access, propose an action plan and utilize networks to improve quality of care for patients. The initial work will focus on breast and cervical cancer in Mali and Malawi.
Improving Patient Monitoring
This project will test a new, affordable wearable device to monitor vital signs for neonatal patients for pulse rate, respiratory rate, peripheral blood oxygen saturation, and temperature.
OPERATIONS IMPROVEMENTS AND TECHNOLOGY(OIT)
3D Printing in the Field
Test and learn 3D printing for field supplies and replacement parts to better serve populations in need, piloting with MSF logisticians and 3D printing experts in the field.
The goal of the Digital Humanitarianism is to create a systematic framework that allows for more efficient data collection and treatment in emergencies, creates functional links with operational digital humanitarian organizations, and for the research to act as a catalyst for MSF decision makers on questions about digital technologies.
Unique Biometric IDs for MSF beneficiaries by Fingerprint Scanning
This project will test the feasibility and reliability of using fingerprint scanning to generate a unique encrypted biological identifier in an MSF clinical setting, assessing whether biometric IDs are a practical method of providing patient identification in the field.
This project is working to create a common ICT infrastructure across all MSF field locations. Field Network Kits will be developed and delivered to MSF field staff to support their missions effectively.
The GeoMSF project will launch and leverage crosscutting geographic information to help operations and sectors gain an understanding of a situation and its spatial context, through scale up of existing tools, interconnected services, and ensuring GIS accessibility across MSF.
Laboratory Information Management System
This project aims to improve the quality of patient care, efficiency and productivity of Epicentre labs by implementing a software-based laboratory information management system to manage participant data, track sample, generate reports, and enable real-time access to results.
Meteorological and Climatic Anticipation
Currently barriers exist in MSF’s operational response mechanism to respond rapidly to extreme weather events. This project will assess the current mechanism to determine these barriers, initiate the conversation within MSF and communicate the key findings to propose a solution to improve future interventions.
Patient Multimedia Engagement Toolkit
This project will develop a toolkit for MSF teams to harness social and digital technologies to better reach vulnerable displaced populations that face barriers in accessing health care.
MSF REACH: REaction Assessment Collaboration Hub
REACH is a platform designed to support improved information management in emergencies and foster more efficient decision-support during disasters, with an objective to effectively and efficiently combine institutional data with crowd-sourced information (including social media, instant messaging, and relevant RSS feeds) in real-time, equipping MSF with virtual eyes on the ground.
Migration History Tool
Design a mobile tool that will help correlate migratory trajectories with medical conditions and points of vulnerability for migrant populations to support operational decision-making and advocacy for MSF programs.
Solar Air Conditioning Unit
In an effort to transform the way energy is generated in MSF field missions this project will investigate and scope options for running units on solar or hybrid power.
Telemedecine Field-Focused Acceleration
This project provides a secure way to give field teams access to medical expertise on complex cases from medical referents as well as a network of verified external specialists. In response to COVID-19, the project will target an initial 3 field projects to identify barriers to field adoption and prioritize and systematically break them down through an agile, field user-focused test-and-learn approach. An additional 3 field projects will be targeted in wave 2, incorporating lessons learned in wave 1 and testing the solutions’ ability to scale across field projects.
Tackling Misinformation / Disinformation in Times of COVID-19
This projects aims to establish a team to help the MSF movement tackle dangerous mis/disinformation in COVID-19 times, to monitor/ manage misinformation using a WikiRumours platform to crowdsource MSF’s response with accurate health promotion campaigns and to support project staff to combat disinformation through policy and advocacy.
EFFICIENCY GAINS (EFG)
Travel Cost Reduction and Rationalization
Investigate the opportunity for MSF to reduce costs and administrative burden by analyzing, developing options and recommending a travel management solution to manage MSF’s global travel needs.
Travel Optimization and Harmonization
This project aims to optimize and harmonize travel approaches across MSF by leveraging a new travel management platform and improving travel policies, procedures, and behaviour. Online adoption, travel avoidance and better use of the booking window will be encouraged to achieve cost savings, improve efficiency and reduce MSF’s travel-related carbon footprint.
Global Shared IT Services
This project will develop a Shared Service Center for transversal services which are used across organization.
Distribution Support to Develop Dubai Platform
Develop Dubai’s role as a distribution centre to address process issues and disparate technical systems to optimize outbound transport costs and storage volumes and allow for faster deliveries to missions of life saving medical supplies.
Strategic Procurement for Partner Sections
To realize efficiency gains and cost savings this project will develop a professionalized, robust and context-relevant procurement strategy for MSF Partner Sections based on the proven methodologies used in MSF Operational Centres.
Improving Sourcing Outside of Europe
Improve supply chain sourcing by exploring the Asian market, conducting market assessments on key countries – China, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand – to better understand the availability of sources for procurement in countries closer to our missions. Find new supplier sources to ensure sustainable supply and reduce costs.
Vehicle Fleet Management Analysis
This project will seek out opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of MSF’s fleet management through a thorough analysis of the current model and develop clear recommendations of alternative models and best practices for managing MSF’s vehicle fleet.
Efficiency in Support to Operations
MSF’s current model has led to significant duplication of support services in mission countries and OC HQs. Some non-operational entities have also developed specialised support portfolios. This project will develop a fact-based assessment (data analysis, interviews) of the opportunities for MSF to reduce duplication in Support to Operations.
Innovation Partnerships Project
The goal of this project is to complete a holistic scoping exercise to analyze where MSF is now in terms of innovation partnerships and what the issues are. Using this data clearer movement-wide guidelines will be created to assist MSF staff and association members entering into innovation partnerships.
West and Central Africa Operational Directorate
The goal of this project is to develop a plan for a new Operational Directorate in West and Central Africa to strengthen MSF’s operational capability and support a stronger associative life.
Urban MSF Spaces
In an effort to strengthen and expand MSF Associations, this project will focus on cities as a platform of hubs and explore how groups and communities, within and out of MSF, are mobilized around a shared major issue and find practical solutions to problems raised.
Movement Practices on Field Financial Accountability
Explore options to systematically increase visibility and accountability on field expenditure, propose a set of best practices and minimum viable set of measures to be replicated within the movement.
This project aims to create an enabling environment where field problems and ideas can be harnessed into solutions based on shared principles of innovation. This project facilitates the exchange of ideas, needs, insights, tools, etc.