SMAART IMPACT seed grant2021-05-12T02:14:06+05:30

SMAART IMPACT seed grant

Problems addressed

How does it work?

Outcomes Assessed



What is SMAART IMPACT seed grant?

SMAART IMPACT SEED GRANT is an initiative conceptualized by Dr. Ashish Joshi to promote data driven technology enabled innovations to solve population health challenges of the 21st century.

He has launched this grant for students and recent graduates interested in designing, developing, implementing and evaluating digital health innovations to solve population health challenges. He has conceptualized this program for supporting the minds that dare to think out of the box and are ready to bring a change in the community. He aims to encourage bright minds with right spirits.

Problems SMAART IMPACT seed grant addresses

  • Limited innovation-based models in Public Health
  • A very little motivation for young Public Health Researcher
  • Models that are innovative, but lack sustainability and feasibility
  • Cost-utility of the intervention
  • Weak implementation strategies in innovative ideas.

The program emphasizes on bringing innovation to the field of Public Health. It encourages out of box thinking which has to be sustainable and feasible to disseminate.

How does SMAART IMPACT seed grant work?

The overarching implementation strategy of the SMAART IMPACT Seed Grant program is to fund and shape exemplary innovation-based proposals which outstands itself beyond the conventional approaches and practices. The ultimate goal of the program is to enhance the role of informatics to conquer public health issues.


  • Innovation based Models
  • Sustainability
  • Dissemination
  • Potency of Grant program administration


Am I eligible for SMAART IMPACT Seed Grant?2021-04-20T15:46:14+05:30

Any undergraduate or graduate student and recent graduates (within 12 months of their undergraduate or graduate degree), diverse back grounds with an interest in digital Health solutions are eligible to apply for SMAART IMPACT Seed Grant with a vision to bring innovation in Public Health.

Do I need to be an FHTS intern to apply for this grant?2021-04-20T15:46:43+05:30

No, not necessarily. Being an FHTS intern will definitely help you get familiar with the functioning and work principles of the organization but even if you are not interning with us, if you fulfill the above mentioned criteria of eligibility, feel free to apply for this grant and pitch the idea of your own.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can apply?2021-04-20T15:47:03+05:30

FHTS conducts SMAART IMPACT Seed Grant four times a year as per the application cycle. If you have applied before and interested to apply again, you definitely can. The selection process is done by our panel-review board and it is purely based on the decisions of our jury after rigorous assessment of the pitched projects.

Are there any word or page limits for pitching the proposal?2021-04-20T15:47:34+05:30

FHTS provides you with the guideline to make presentations in sections and sub-sections. You have to follow that set protocol. For more information regarding presentation guidelines, visit our website

Can I change my topic after I submit my application?2021-04-20T15:48:01+05:30

No, each cycle of SMAART IMPACT Seed Grant is theme-based. You need to propose as per the theme and once you submit a topic, you are not allowed to change it. We at FHTS respects novelty of each idea and follows ethics in research. Hence, it is appropriate to do all the brainstorming beforehand and come up with an idea you are decisive about.

Will I be notified when FHTS receives my application?2021-04-20T15:48:20+05:30

Yes, an auto-generated mail can be received by FHTS acknowledging your application, though it doesn’t guarantee your selection for the fund provided under SMAART IMPACT Seed Grant.

I have more questions, who should I contact?2021-04-20T15:48:38+05:30

For the contact information, please visit our website .


Success Stories - FHTS Initiatives

“I am a Dentist and even though I had Public health in my curriculum this was doing an internship and project specially it taught me what exactly it takes to make a program and a project from a scratch to innovating and understanding specially, how a program will affect the population and the masses and it is what I have learned through seed grant.”

Dr. Kavya Kumar, BDS, BRS Dental College, Panchkula, Haryana (India)

Success Stories - FHTS Initiatives

“I am planning to start with my MPH program this year so doing a seed grant now, before even starting my MPH will give an impression that I am very interested and willing to pursue a career in Public Health. I am a person who is willing and has talent to create impact in the field. So yes it will definitely help me.”

Sinjini Das, B.Tech (Biotechnology), VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu (India)

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“I have come up with an innovative idea, and went through a lot of literature search even though I followed the health belief model and frame questions from the previous research I wanted to know what are the myths that are present in the Indian society regarding COVID vaccine so I read about COVID vaccination ideologies in India. I would definitely say it was innovative part from my side but only after implementing it and coming to know the success of it, I will be able to say if it was a well-done job. They were all my question and I went through all the questions present in our community and I formulated the question which should be basic and people will be able to understand and comprehend.”

Dr. Suganthi D’Sylva, BDS, EDHCM, Loyola Institute of Business Administration,Chennai, Tamil Nadu (India)

Success Stories - FHTS Initiatives

“First of all, it is an additional experience for me because for me in particular being a foreigner I am learning something new in this project. Actually, it was my first time knowing how technologies can be used in healthcare and this distance learning, because what we normally do is we find out data but doing this virtually, distance learning and presentation now I know that anywhere I find myself, I must not be onsite to create an impact in a community or society or to solve a problem within my community now I can do it from here.”

Ngwa Franklin, MPH, Parul University, Waghodia, Gujarat (India)

Anuprita Nair, FHTS

“It definitely helped me. For me this is like first time taking part in something which is core public health related. Although I was trained as a dentist by profession, I did not have exposure into what goes on in planning and how do you come with a solution for a particular problem and it helped me look and utilize the existing methods in a more innovative manner so as to bring about an actual change which is the need of the hour. And we are working on a project which will actually impact in the current times”

Dr. Anuprita Nair, BDS, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka (India)