The Trinity Challenge, a coalition of the world’s leading businesses, academics and public institutions, is now accepting applications from global participants with ideas on how to safeguard our health and economic systems from future health emergencies. Legal & General is a founding member of the coalition, which is offering a £10m prize to fund breakthrough solutions that will better protect a billion more people.
To be accepted into The Challenge, applicants will have to provide ideas and concepts addressing at least one of three areas in which we need to improve our approach to pandemic prevention and control: better identification, better response and better recovery. Applicants can request access to finance, data and resources from the founding organisations – the deadline for these applications is 8 November, while for applicants not requiring additional support the deadline is 15 January 2021.
Legal & General was among the organisations to support former UK Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies as she set up The Trinity Challenge because Covid-19 has laid bare the difficulties we face in the three key areas. The initiative has challenged the world’s best and brightest minds to harness the potential of data and analytics to build resilience against future health emergencies. We hope to have 180 strong submissions by 30 April ahead of an awards event in mid-May.
Convened by Dame Sally in her role as the Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, the Challenge has 22 founding members. In addition to Legal & General, they include: Aviva, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Brunswick, University of Cambridge, Discovery, Facebook, Global Virome Project, Google, GSK, HKUMed, Imperial College London, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Internews, LSE, McKinsey and Company, Microsoft, Northeastern University, Optum, Reckitt Benckiser, Tencent, and Zenysis Technologies.
Dame Sally says: “There will be another COVID-19, and there is an opportunity for the international community to learn lessons now and prepare for the future. The Trinity Challenge is a recognition by business, academia and philanthropy of the need for new, breakthrough ideas and approaches to beat the next pandemic."