FAQ’s

About The 1 Mission 1 Million Campaign

What is the aim of the 1 Mission 1 Million Campaign?
1 Mission 1 Million – Getting to the Heart of Stroke is a global campaign which aims to raise awareness and understanding of atrial fibrillation and the associated risk of stroke.

Up to three million people worldwide have a stroke related to atrial fibrillation every year – that is one person every 12 seconds.1,2,3 Many people do not understand what atrial fibrillation is, its link to stroke or that many of these strokes could be prevented.4 1 Mission 1 Million aims to address this.

How will the campaign achieve this goal?
1 Mission 1 Million
is a community-driven campaign, calling on people worldwide to vote for projects that they believe will take action against atrial fibrillation-related stroke.  Project ideas will be reviewed by an Expert Panel, whose members have experience in the area of atrial fibrillation and expertise in supporting people with the condition. The projects selected by the Expert Panel will be posted on to the 1 Mission 1 Million website.

Boehringer Ingelheim is providing €1 million to support projects chosen by the public that take action against atrial fibrillation-related stroke.

Who’s running the campaign?
1 Mission 1 Million
is supported by leading health experts in atrial fibrillation and is sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim.

Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH is providing €1 million to support projects chosen by the public that take action against atrial fibrillation-related stroke.  Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving health worldwide through research into cardiovascular disease and the development of new treatments in the area.

Who is Boehringer Ingelheim?
The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 142 affiliates in 50 countries and more than 41,500 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

Why is Boehringer Ingelheim sponsoring this campaign?
This campaign is part of Boehringer Ingelheim’s global commitment to improving the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and, in this particular case, to help to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation-related strokes. Other initiatives will also be carried out across the world, including a separate disease awareness campaign in the US.

What is the campaign process?
From 28 August 2010, 1 Mission 1 Million will invite the submission of project applications from the medical community, patient advocacy groups, health professional bodies, and individuals that take action against atrial fibrillation-related stroke.

Applications will then be reviewed by an Expert Panel, whose members have great experience in the area of atrial fibrillation and expertise in supporting people with the condition. The projects selected by the Expert Panel will be posted on the 1 Mission 1 Million website.

In 2011, the campaign will be launched to the general public and the voting phase will begin. Projects with the most votes will be awarded funding for implementation. In addition to this public vote, the Expert Panel will select a number of projects that deserve special recognition (Expert Picks).

Campaign Timeline

How long is the campaign running for?
This year’s campaign is being launched on 28 August 2010 and will run until June 2011.  Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to sponsoring the 1 Mission 1 Million campaign beyond the duration of the current competition for a period of two years overall.

What are the key campaign dates?
Projects can be submitted from when the call for entries is launched on 28 August 2010. The entry period closes on 31 December 2010.

Project voting opens in March 2011 and in June 2011 projects with the most public votes in each award band will be granted an award.

When can I submit my project idea?
Project submission begins on 28 August 2010 and closes on 31 December 2010.

When will people know whether the Expert Panel has selected their projects for voting?
All applicants will be sent an email to let them know whether or not their project has been selected by 31 January 2011.

When can I vote on projects?
Public voting opens in March 2011.

What is the closing date for voting?
Public voting closes on 22 June 2011 (12:00 Central European Summer Time).

When will I know which project ideas are being granted an award?
In June, and after voting has closed, the projects with the most public votes in each sponsorship award category will be granted an award. In addition to this public vote, the Expert Panel will select a number of projects that deserve special recognition (Expert Picks).

Awards

How many 1 Mission 1 Million awards will be available?
There is a total of up to 32 sponsorship awards available ranging from €10,000 to €100,000.  The full breakdown of the awards is as follows:

  • 4x €100,000 = €400,000 (including 1 x Expert Pick)
  • 8x €50,000  = €400,000 (including 2 x Expert Picks)
  • 20x €10,000 = €200,000 (including 4 x Expert Picks)

A number of projects, which have not been chosen through the public voting but are deemed to be deserving of special recognition by the Expert Panel, will receive an award (Expert Picks).

How much funding is available in total?
A total of €1 million will be awarded to community-driven projects.

How will the awards be distributed?
Before funding will be provided, all winners will be subject to checks on their eligibility, compliance with the Terms & Conditions and the accuracy of information provided in their application.  If these requirements are met and a project has been chosen through public vote or by the Expert Panel the sponsorship award will be assigned.

What’s the maximum funding award a single project can obtain?
The maximum amount that a single project can obtain is €100,000.  However, there is a total of up to 32 awards available ranging from €10,000 to €100,000.  The full breakdown of awards is as follows:

  • 4x €100,000 = €400,000 (including 1 x Expert Pick)
  • 8x €50,000  = €400,000 (including 2 x Expert Picks)
  • 20x €10,000 = €200,000 (including 4 x Expert Picks)

A number of projects, which have not been chosen through the public voting but are deemed to be deserving of special recognition by the Expert Panel, will be selected by the Expert Panel to receive an award (Expert Picks).

Project Submission

Who can apply?
Most people over the age of 18 who live outside the US and UK can propose an idea for a 1 Mission 1 Million award; however, there are some restrictions and criteria in place to ensure we distribute the awards fairly and responsibly (please see Terms and Conditions).

Boehringer Ingelheim is running another campaign in the US, specifically for US residents, that aims to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation and the link to stroke – FACING AFIB www.facingafib.com.  US citizens or organisations who want to apply for a grant can – as usual – address their request to the Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Medical Grants Department (http://www.bi-usa.com/about-us/philanthropy/bipi-grants.html for more information), Tel. (800) 295-0717.  (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday – Friday).

Is it only organisations that can apply or can individuals apply as well?
Individuals and organisations are able to apply.  If you have a great idea, we want to know about it.

How many organisations/people can apply?
There is no limit on the number of people who can apply.  If you have a great idea, we want to hear about it.

Why can’t I enter if I’m a US or UK resident?
The campaign is not being run in the US or UK. Boehringer Ingelheim is running other campaigns in the US and UK, that aim to raise awareness of atrial fibrillation and its link to stroke.

How can I apply?
It’s easy to apply. All you need to do is visit the 1 Mission 1 Million website at www.heartofstroke.com and follow the simple guidance within the “Apply” section. An entry guidance pack is also available to people who register their interest in applying.

How many projects can I submit?
Only one application/ project proposal can be submitted per email address.

In what language do I need to submit my application?
You are encouraged, if possible, to submit your project proposal in English. Applications are also accepted in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese and Chinese.

If I submit a project, do the campaign organisers own it?
No, applicants will retain all ownership rights to their project, but Boehringer Ingelheim will be entitled to present to the public those projects which were successful in the 1 Mission 1 Million campaign.

Will I be able to save my application and work on it later?
Yes, you can save your progress at each stage of the application.  You will also have a chance to review your proposal page before your final submission.  Be careful though because once you submit you won’t be able to change your page!

What will happen to my personal contact information if I submit a project?
Your personal contact information will only be used to contact you and update you regarding progress of your submission and for verification of your submission.  Visitors to the website also have the option to request information about atrial fibrillation when providing their contact information.  Their details will not be shared with any third parties or be used for any purpose other than those associated with this campaign and their application.

Can I submit a project if a family member works for the campaign sponsors, organisers or is a member of the 1 Mission 1 Million Expert Panel?
Employees of the campaign sponsor (Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH), or Boehringer Ingelheim associated companies or organisers, and their relatives, are not permitted to submit projects for a 1 Mission 1 Million award.

Organisations that are affiliated with members of the Expert Panel are permitted to enter – in this circumstance, their entry will not be reviewed by the respective Expert Panel member affiliated with their organisation (see Expert Panel).

What are the entry criteria for projects?
All proposals for a 1 Mission 1 Million sponsorship award must:

  • be implementable by the individual/ team proposing the project and the funding requested appropriate to deliver the project
  • be submitted by, and implemented under the leadership of, an entrant over the age of 18
  • be ready to start in 2011
  • fulfil the overall mission of helping to prevent atrial fibrillation-related strokes
  • include quantifiable measures of success
  • be designed to take place outside the USA and UK.

Application/ project proposals for an award MUST NOT:

  • involve drug/ pharmacological treatment
  • violate any laws or codes e.g. the applicant must not submit a project idea owned by another party or without the party’s consent.

Post-Project Submission

How do I know if my submission has been received?
Following submission of your project we’ll send you an email to confirm we’ve received it.

How do I know whether or not my project has been selected for the public voting?
You will be sent a notification email following confirmation that your project will go to the public vote.

How will projects be selected for public vote?
Projects will be reviewed by an independent Expert Panel. Each application will be reviewed by two members of the Expert Panel who will rate it against the application criteria and consider the following measures:

•           Potential effectiveness
•           Planning/ thoroughness
•           Need
•           Importance
•           Likelihood of success

The Expert Panel’s decision is final.

If my project makes it to the public vote, what can I do to publicise it and increase the number of votes received?
You may promote your entry however you feel most appropriate; however, make sure you don’t cause any annoyance or interference – and do not spam.

We’ll give you hints and tips about how to promote your idea.

Expert Panel

What is the Expert Panel?
The 1 Mission 1 Million Expert Panel is a group of individuals from across the globe that will play the important role of selecting projects for the voting phase.

All members have experience in the area of stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and expertise in supporting people with the condition.

What is the role of the Expert Panel?
The Expert Panel’s role is to independently review all entries to ensure that they meet the entry criteria and select the project applications that will be posted on the website.  They will also select a number of projects to receive a 1 Mission 1 Million award, called ‘Expert Picks’.

How were the members of the Expert Panel chosen?
The Expert Panel members were chosen as they are all renowned leaders within the field of atrial fibrillation/ stroke prevention.  Members of the Expert Panel believe they can make a real difference in the fight against atrial fibrillation-related stroke.

Voting for Projects

Who can vote?
Anyone can vote, as long as they have a valid email address and are not a US or UK resident.  Public are permitted to vote for one project per funding category.

How many projects will be presented to the public for voting?
This is dependent on the number of entries we receive.  All entries selected by the Expert Panel will be open to the public vote.

How are the votes counted?
The votes will be counted via our automated counting system and you’ll be able to track them along the way.

What will happen to my personal information if I vote?
The only information required to vote is an email address.  This is taken to keep track of the number of votes from individuals and to avoid any spam or vote rigging.  You may also choose to be alerted to developments in the campaign and progress of the projects voted for, and for information about atrial fibrillation – however, this is completely optional.  Your personal information will not be used for any other purpose or shared with third parties.

When does public voting close?
Public voting closes on 22 June 2011 (12:00 Central European Summer Time).

Sponsorship Award Winners

If my project receives an award, when will I get my funding?
You will receive funding as soon as possible after the winners have been announced.

If my project receives an award, what is required of me?
Winning applicants are required to make reasonable efforts to undertake the
proposed project. If for any reason you feel you are no longer able to implement the project, you are obliged to notify the campaign organisers so that the funds can be reallocated to another project.

You are expected to meet the milestones outlined in your proposal and use the money reputably and responsibly.

Please see Terms and Conditions for full details regarding project requirements.

Will we get to find out more about winning projects once they are up and running?
Yes, the 1 Mission 1 Million website will be updated to showcase award recipients and highlight their progress.

If my project receives an award, do the campaign organisers own it?
No, you will retain all ownership rights on your project.

Language and Other Informations

Will the campaign website be available in my language?
The campaign is available in other languages.  Please use the language selector at the top right of the 1 Mission 1 Million website to select your preferred language.

Are campaign materials available in languages other than English?
Yes, the campaign materials will be available in other languages.  The languages that will be available are: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Turkish, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Greek and Chinese.

Who can I contact for additional information?
If you would like more information about the campaign, please contact us at: info@heartofstroke.com.