Rep. Hahn Announces VA Innovation Competition

Mar 29, 2012 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Veterans

$50 million to fund innovations in veteran health care and benefits

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Janice Hahn announced the opening of a $50 million Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) competition to fund innovations in veteran health care service and benefits. The VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2) seeks to tap the ideas, talent and skills of those outside of government to find better, more efficient ways to treat veterans and improve the availability of benefits.

“This is an amazing opportunity for people in my region to contribute their ideas and solutions that can result in better care and benefits for our veterans,” said Rep. Hahn. “I’ve visited nearly 100 businesses, large and small, and thousands of my constituents, and what I have seen is an amazing amount of talent, creativity and innovative work that is untapped by the federal government. I encourage students, small businesses, academics, organizations and any individual that has an idea to participate in this competition.”

This is the third Industry Innovation Competition. As a result of the first two, which generated nearly 600 proposals from the private sector, 35 projects are currently underway as part of a broader VA operations.

The 2012 VAi2 Industry Innovation Competition seeks creative solutions in four areas of significant importance to VA.  Public and private companies, entrepreneurs, universities and non-profits are encouraged to propose new ways to:

  • Enhance Maternity Continuity of Care
  • Redesign the PTSD Treatment Experience
  • Create Mobile Applications for Benefits Information and Services
  • Prevent and Treat Pressure Ulcers

This is the third Industry Innovation Competition.  Information about investments made as a result of the 2011 and 2010 competitions is available on the VAi2 website.

Please visit for detailed information on the 2012 VAi2 Industry Innovation Competition.