Hewlett LoI for OERC

Hewlett LOI for OERC

Organization Information
Applicant organization name:   iBharti Health Foundation  
Organization's Employer Identification Number (EIN):   26-2411342  
Organization address:  
 
1350 Beverly Road
Suite 115, MS: 800
 
City:  
 
McLean
 
State/Province:  
  Virginia  
Zip/Postal code:  
 
22101
 
Country (if not U.S.):  
   
Main phone number:   +1 240 780 9155  
General fax number:   +1 240 780 9156  
Main phone number:   +1 240 780 9155  
General fax number:   +1 240 780 9156  
Web address:   www.ibhartihealth.org  

Primary Contact Information
Suffix:  
  Mr.  
First name:  
  Anil  
Last name:  
  Srivastava  
Title:  
  President  
Address:  
 
One Research Court, Suite 200
 
City:  
  Rockville  
State/Province:  
  MD  
 
 
 
One Research Court, Suite 200
 
City:  
  Rockville  
State/Province:  
  MD  
Zip/Postal code:  
  20850  
Country (if not U.S.):  
   
Phone number:  
  +1 240 499 2263  
Fax number:  
  +1 301 948 2242  
Contact e-mail:  
  gro.htlaehitrahbi|avatsavirsa#gro.htlaehitrahbi|avatsavirsa  
Funding Request
Program:  
  OER  
Short description of funding purpose (i.e., for the new Stream
Project or for general support):  
(Your response must be limited to 90 characters, including spaces)
 
 
Open Education Resources for Cancer (OERC) global consortium with special focus on
developing countries.
 
 
 
Short description of funding purpose (i.e., for the new Stream Project or for general support):  
(Your response must be limited to 90 characters, including spaces)
 
 
Open Education Resources for Cancer (OERC) global consortium with special focus on
developing countries.
 
Briefly summarize your organization's work:  
(Your response must be 200 words or less)

iBharthi Health Foundation (iBHF) works to improve health outcomes worldwide through innovative use of information and communication technologies; by creating public-private partnerships; and collaboration between countries of the north and south.

iBHF leverages its thought leadership, community of practice and knowledge of health systems to create new and more effective models to transform the health sector worldwide.

Committed to using and further promoting the use of open source, standards based, interoperable systems including open content, iBHF is closely working with caBIG (Cancer Biomedical Inforamtics Grid).

As a foundation created by Capital Technology Information Services, Inc. (www.ctisinc.com), iBHF has acquired knowledge and network of cancer centers across the world including partnership with International Network for Cancer Treatment and
Research (INCTR). See http://inctr.ctisinc.com:9000/sites/InCTR/default.aspx

iBHF has inherited from CTIS a portfolio of non-profit projects across the world focused on education and building capacity in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Further by partnerships with organizations like American Society for Cancer (ASC), American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), International Union Against Cancer (UICC), World Bank and World Health Organization, iBHF supports the fight against cancer and other chronic diseases. iBHF serves as a catalyst developing projects and co-funding arrangements with other sources.
 
   
Please summarize the problem you are addressing and the proposed work to be performed:  
(Your response must be 200 words or less)

World cancer rates are projected to double by 2020. Over half the cancer treatment needs will occur in developing countries that use about 5 percent of world’s allocated cancer treatment and control resources. With the increasing incidence and prevalence of cancer, there is an urgent need for adequate education of medical and healthcare workers. Shortage of doctors, clinicians and nurses in developing countries is well recognized and pressing problem.
 
   
Please summarize the problem you are addressing and the proposed work to be performed:  
(Your response must be 200 words or less)

World cancer rates are projected to double by 2020. Over half the cancer treatment needs will occur in developing countries that use about 5 percent of world’s allocated cancer treatment and control resources. With the increasing incidence and prevalence of cancer, there is an urgent need for adequate education of medical and healthcare workers.
Shortage of doctors, clinicians and nurses in developing countries is well recognized and
pressing problem.
Sharing knowledge and other resources is second nature to cancer practitioners
worldwide because of continuum from research to care. This is one disease where
experimental therapies and drugs are allowed to be administered to chronically ill patient,
therefore, education needs to be informed by current knowledge making a global sharing
of multimedia material is critical to saving lives.
Over the past year, iBHF has worked with its partners across the world in developing a
consortium. At the Chicago planning meeting on 29th May 2008, a group of cancer
experts, with extensive knowledge and experience of working in developing countries
came together strongly supporting OERC and suggesting workplan for one year pilot
phase while indicating several approaches to be evaluated in the pilot phase.
OERC was seen as part of health OER.
 
   
How does this problem fit with the program's goals and
priorities:  
(Your response must be 200 words or less)
OERC could potentially serve as a model for health OER. It will benifit from the
knowledge of SOFIA and other OCW projects learning from their experience to create a
heterogeneous federated consortium where cancer institutes not only use, produce and
share learning objects but, in the process, improve their pedagogy and build capacity of
their educators. OCW and other existing OER projects do not have the critical mass for
OER based health and medical education. This is the rationale behind IOM-OCW-
Hewlett meeting in September.
OERC will also dovetail with other efforts like Cancer Experts Corps (CEC), INCTR,
Supercourse, JHU OCW, AAMC’s MedEdPortal, and other Health OER initiatives to
advance Hewlett’s OER initiative combining the idea of knowledge as public good for
everyone to share and use. OERC will not only be a collection of learning objects in a
federated repository but also a CRCD (curriculum development and course research)
approach combined by use of standard curriculum and ontologies.
OERC from the beginning will work towards a sustainable model by positioning OER as
an integral part of cancer education with a demonstrable RoI in terms of health outcomes.
This happens to be an area of acknowledged expertise of our parent (CTIS).
 
   
How does this problem fit with the program's goals and
priorities:  
(Your response must be 200 words or less)
OERC could potentially serve as a model for health OER. It will benifit from the
knowledge of SOFIA and other OCW projects learning from their experience to create a
heterogeneous federated consortium where cancer institutes not only use, produce and
share learning objects but, in the process, improve their pedagogy and build capacity of
their educators. OCW and other existing OER projects do not have the critical mass for
OER based health and medical education. This is the rationale behind IOM-OCW-
Hewlett meeting in September.
OERC will also dovetail with other efforts like Cancer Experts Corps (CEC), INCTR,
Supercourse, JHU OCW, AAMC’s MedEdPortal, and other Health OER initiatives to
advance Hewlett’s OER initiative combining the idea of knowledge as public good for
everyone to share and use. OERC will not only be a collection of learning objects in a
federated repository but also a CRCD (curriculum development and course research)
approach combined by use of standard curriculum and ontologies.
OERC from the beginning will work towards a sustainable model by positioning OER as
an integral part of cancer education with a demonstrable RoI in terms of health outcomes.
This happens to be an area of acknowledged expertise of our parent (CTIS).
 
   
How does the proposed work address the problem:  
(Your response must be 200 words or less)
 
 
Chicago meeting established an OERC working group with additional membership from
others who have been working with iBHF and INCTR on OERC. Subsequent and
continuing consultation and identified the following activities:
1. Continued collaboration and capacity building through face-to-face meetings and
regular teleconference and cancer-open-education.net portal. Expanded steering
group will meet at World Cancer Congress in August in Geneva prior to Hewlett
funding. Bring together cancer institutes representatives and CEC members from
developing countries in at least three face-to-face meetings including the formal
launch at INCTR meeting in Turkey in March 2009.
2. Web portal: Inventory and resource map of existing learning objects and cancer
institutes to participate in OERC.
3. Identify open source tools and develop a technology roadmap for OERC and put
together a working prototype in the first year.
4. Create a funding pipeline to source at least 20% funding to supplement Hewlett
grant for the pilot phase but putting in place a process for grant writing with a
roster of funding sources for cancer centers.
5. Integrate OER, and resources of OER community, in a symbiotic relationship into
international cancer control programs, thereby, building OERC financing for
OERC members into national and regional budgets creating sustainability.
 
   
How does the proposed work address the problem:  
(Your response must be 200 words or less)
 
 
Chicago meeting established an OERC working group with additional membership from
others who have been working with iBHF and INCTR on OERC. Subsequent and
continuing consultation and identified the following activities:
1. Continued collaboration and capacity building through face-to-face meetings and
regular teleconference and cancer-open-education.net portal. Expanded steering
group will meet at World Cancer Congress in August in Geneva prior to Hewlett
funding. Bring together cancer institutes representatives and CEC members from
developing countries in at least three face-to-face meetings including the formal
launch at INCTR meeting in Turkey in March 2009.
2. Web portal: Inventory and resource map of existing learning objects and cancer
institutes to participate in OERC.
3. Identify open source tools and develop a technology roadmap for OERC and put
together a working prototype in the first year.
4. Create a funding pipeline to source at least 20% funding to supplement Hewlett
grant for the pilot phase but putting in place a process for grant writing with a
roster of funding sources for cancer centers.
5. Integrate OER, and resources of OER community, in a symbiotic relationship into
international cancer control programs, thereby, building OERC financing for
OERC members into national and regional budgets creating sustainability.
 
What is the work's expected budget:  
(Your response must be 200 words or less)
 
 
1. PEOPLE:
a. Project Leader (honorarium for 12 months) $60,000
b. Project Coordinator (20% Hewlett contribution) $50,000
c. Contribution to INCTR, Brussels towards secretariat costs $30,000
d. Other consultants/supplemental staff at cancer centers $40,000
Sub-total (1) $180.000
2. TECHNOLOGY:
a. Servers and infrastructure (25% Hewlett contribution) $10,000
b. Development and Maintenance (20% Hewlett contribution) $15,000
c. Outsourced contractors and COTS $30,000
Sub-total (2) $55,000
3. MEETINGS & CONSULTATIONS:
a. Video and teleconference (50% Hewlett contribution) $25,000
b. Logistics, facilities and food and beverages $ 7,500
c. Travel (for OERC staff) $15,000
d. Travel (for developing country participants) $30,000
Sub-total (3) $77,500
Total 1+2+3 $312,500
4. OVERHEADS @ 10% of total above $31,250
 
What is the work's expected budget:  
(Your response must be 200 words or less)
 
 
1. PEOPLE:
a. Project Leader (honorarium for 12 months) $60,000
b. Project Coordinator (20% Hewlett contribution) $50,000
c. Contribution to INCTR, Brussels towards secretariat costs $30,000
d. Other consultants/supplemental staff at cancer centers $40,000
Sub-total (1) $180.000
2. TECHNOLOGY:
a. Servers and infrastructure (25% Hewlett contribution) $10,000
b. Development and Maintenance (20% Hewlett contribution) $15,000
c. Outsourced contractors and COTS $30,000
Sub-total (2) $55,000
3. MEETINGS & CONSULTATIONS:
a. Video and teleconference (50% Hewlett contribution) $25,000
b. Logistics, facilities and food and beverages $ 7,500
c. Travel (for OERC staff) $15,000
d. Travel (for developing country participants) $30,000
Sub-total (3) $77,500
Total 1+2+3 $312,500
4. OVERHEADS @ 10% of total above $31,250
GRANT REQUEST (rounded amount) $343,750
SUPPLEMENTARY CONTRIBUTION FROM CTIS and other sources $150,000
TOTAL BUDGET (rounded amount) $500,000
 
Amount requested:  
Enter in U.S. Dollars. FORMAT: 1,000,000
DO NOT enter any decimals, spaces, words, or currency symbols.  
 
$343,750
 
Length of grant period:  
(In whole months)
 
  12  
Date grant application submitted:  
 
 
  12  
Date grant application submitted:  
 

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