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Announcing Open Call for Concept Memos, due July 22, 2016

Full Title:  Development of innovative imaging or other technologies to measure 
individuals’ dietary intakes
Abbreviated Title:  Development of innovative technology to measure individual 
dietary intake
Purpose: To develop two new forms of dietary assessment technology, based on 
image capture and, possibly, image recognition: 1) active image capture in the 
form of manual photos or video images, and 2) fully automated, passive image 
capture (in the form of video, either real-time or in time intervals) of food 
preparation and consumption; and field testing to validate new technology 
against reference dietary intake assessment methods.  Image recognition 
software should be applied, if possible, to identify foods consumed.  Food 
intake and food composition data should be linked to enable conversion of food 
intake to nutrient intake.

Instructions: The Request for Proposal 
 provides further detail on the background and scope for this open call for 
concept memos. A Concept Memo, along with biographical information, should be 
submitted no later than 22 July 2016, 11:59 pm PST. The Gates Foundation will 
evaluate the concept memos, and applicants who propose projects of further 
interest to the Gates Foundation will be invited in August 2016 to prepare full 
proposals. These time periods are subject to change. Instructions on the 
preparation of full proposals will be provided to selected applicants. Due to 
expected high volumes, the Gates Foundation will not be able to provide 
individual feedback for concept memos not selected for submission of full 

To apply, click on this link to access the Grant Seekers RFP submission 
 If you are new to this site, you may need to create a login in order to start 
the application process. When uploading your submission in the Upload Files tab 
of your application, please upload the Concept Memo to section 3) Upload the 
Completed Files, and upload the biographical information to section 4) 
Optional: upload other files relevant to your application.

Please note: If you start working on your application and would like to finish 
and submit it at another time prior to the due date, log back in at 
https://unison.gatesfoundation.org<https://unison.gatesfoundation.org/> in 
order to access your application.
Abstract:  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to ensuring that 
all women and children have the nutrition they need to live healthy and 
productive lives. Globally, 45% of deaths of children under age 5 are 
attributable to undernutrition. For those who survive, undernutrition causes 
permanent physical and cognitive impairments–reducing a child’s future 
productivity and earnings as an adult. By increasing our investment in 
nutrition over the next six years, we are working to spur continued commitment 
and accelerated action on nutrition in order to avert morbidity and mortality 
attributable to malnutrition.  For more information on the foundation’s 
Nutrition Strategy, see 

Currently, one of the critical barriers to establishing recommendations for 
optimal nutrition in vulnerable populations and for informing nutrition 
policies and programs, such as food fortification or dietary supplementation, 
is the lack of up-to-date, comprehensive and reliable data on individual 
dietary intake, particularly in low income country (LIC) settings. Furthermore, 
there is a high demand, for dietary measurement approaches that reduce the 
personnel requirements and time commitment required, improve the quality of 
information collected and simplify the processing, analysis, and interpretation 
of data.

The grant(s) selected through this RFP process will support development and 
evaluation of novel technologies to collect and interpret individual food 
preparation and consumption data using imaging methods to measure food intake 
and appropriate software to recognize individual and mixed foods, quantities 
consumed, and convert food intake to nutrient intake.

Start Date: 6/13/2016
Close Date: 7/22/2016

Melody Clark
Communications Specialist
Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA)
University of Washington Information School
melcl...@uw.edu<mailto:melcl...@uw.edu> | 206.303.7910
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