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Apply to Host an IBM Health Corps Team

Program Overview

The 2016 application cycle to host an IBM Health Corps team is now closed. We are excited to announce our winning organizations. Please sign up below to be notified of when the 2017 application cycle opens.

IBM Health Corps is a pro bono service engagement provided to public, social and civil sector organizations to help address health disparities. Health Corps is a select group of top performing, cross-disciplinary IBMers that offer their expertise in healthcare consulting, data analytics, cognitive computing and more to help organizations improve health access, services, and outcomes. Teams are deployed to the organization to spend three weeks on site. An IBM Health Corps engagement is provided at no cost to the organization, and is valued at $500,000.

During the engagement, the IBM Health Corps team works to address a mission-driven strategic priority identified by the host organization. The objective is to equip the organization with the tools, recommendations and roadmap it needs to advance its priority during and beyond the three-week Health Corps engagement.

The IBM Health Corps model is not a traditional consulting program. The program emphasizes collaboration between IBM and the organization. Each partner contributes its experience and assets to achieve the project goals. Following the completion of the three-week project, IBM Health Corps may continue to support its partner organization through additional consultation and evaluation, as determined by the specific needs of the project.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • 1. Eligibility and Selection Criteria

    Organizations applying for IBM Health Corps should be not-for-profit or public sector entities, e.g. clinic, hospital, NGO, or health department. Applications must be submitted in English and are accepted from all countries. Evidence of short and long-term support by organization leadership for the proposed project will strengthen the application.

    2. Proposed Challenge

    The proposed challenge should be a priority item in the organization’s plans for 2016. Strong applications will articulate why the challenge is important to achieving the organization’s mission, the impact it will have on the community, and the current organization support and commitment for addressing the challenge. Proposals should also demonstrate how technology and data insights can contribute significantly to addressing the challenge. Finally, the proposed project should be achievable in a three-week time period.

    3. Impact

    Strong applications will demonstrate how addressing this challenge will lead to one or more of the following: reducing health disparities, increasing access to health services, improving delivery of healthcare, and/or addressing the social and environmental determinants of health.

    4. Implementation and Sustainability

    Applications should demonstrate the organization’s commitment of resources – e.g. time and expertise of organization staff, project leader and Executive Sponsor – to work with IBM Health Corps during the three-week project. Applications should outline the organization’s ability to help IBM Health Corps access key stakeholders for interviews during the engagement. Organizations that demonstrate their readiness to act upon Health Corps recommendations and continue the work after the three-week IBM Health Corps engagement will be evaluated highly.

    Letter of Support

    Please submit a letter of support from your organization’s executive leader (e.g., Minister of Health, CEO, Executive Director). This letter should demonstrate the leader’s commitment to the proposed project(s), and explain how the project(s) will advance the organization’s ability to achieve its mission. The letter should be uploaded as part of your application.

Selection Process

Phase I: Complete Application

  • Submit the online written application at
  • Dates: March 15, 2016 - April 20, 2016

Phase II: Project Scoping Discussion with IBM Health Corps program team

  • Selected proposals will undergo a project scoping discussion with the IBM Health Corps program staff.

Phase III: Finalist Interviews

  • Shortlisted proposals will be invited for finalist interviews.

Phase IV: All Applicants Notified

  • Applicants will be informed of their selection status.

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