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MIT COVID-19 Challenge Beat the Pandemic II external challenge site (opens in new window)
Department of Veterans Affairs

MIT COVID-19 Challenge Beat the Pandemic II

Build solutions to beat the pandemic: Address the most pressing and current issues in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Open Until: 05/26/2020 11:59 PM ET

$100,000 for a Start a SUD Startup Challenge, 2020 Spring Edition details
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

$100,000 for a Start a SUD Startup Challenge, 2020 Spring Edition

Test the premise of research ideas that can be fostered into biotech startups

Open Until: 05/26/2020 05:00 PM ET

Exploring Hell - Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover external challenge site (opens in new window)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Exploring Hell - Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover

To explore the daunting surface of Venus, NASA needs an innovative obstacle avoidance sensor for its mechanical clockwork rover.

Open Until: 05/29/2020 05:00 PM ET

2020 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge external challenge site (opens in new window)
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

2020 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is challenging undergraduate teams to develop technology solutions to unmet healthcare needs....

Open Until: 06/01/2020 11:59 PM ET

NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge Non-invasive Diagnostics for Global Health external challenge site (opens in new window)
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge Non-invasive Diagnostics for Global Health

Develop diagnostic technologies for sickle cell disease, malaria, and anemia, and other high-impact diseases

Open Until: 06/02/2020 05:00 PM ET

COVID-19 3D Maker Challenge details
Department of Veterans Affairs

COVID-19 3D Maker Challenge

Teams of subject-matter experts will develop innovative solutions to challenges frontline essential workers encounter in their fight against COVID-19.

Open Until: 06/07/2020 05:00 PM ET

Truth Challenge V2 - Calling Variants from Short and Long Reads in Difficult-to-Map Regions external challenge site (opens in new window)
Department of Health and Human Services - Food and Drug Administration

Truth Challenge V2 - Calling Variants from Short and Long Reads in Difficult-to-Map Regions

Assess variant calling pipeline performance on a common frame of reference consisting of difficult-to-map regions, segmental duplications, and the Major...

Open Until: 06/07/2020 11:59 PM ET

Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload external challenge site (opens in new window)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload

Give a tiny bot a new set of tools to explore the moon. Share your ideas for a mini payload...

Open Until: 06/08/2020 05:00 PM ET

NCATS Rare Diseases Are Not Rare! 2020 Challenge details
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

NCATS Rare Diseases Are Not Rare! 2020 Challenge

Find innovative ways to communicate about rare diseases through social media or art.

Open Until: 06/15/2020 05:00 PM ET

ED.gov Redesign Challenge details
Department of Education

ED.gov Redesign Challenge

Seeking creative web design prototypes for ED.gov that utilize innovations in layout, typography, animation, illustration, video, and photography.

Open Until: 06/15/2020 05:00 PM ET

Air Force Synthetic Biology Challenge details
Department of Defense - U.S. Air Force

Air Force Synthetic Biology Challenge

AFRL is looking for synthetic biology solutions to reduce the cost and improve the quality of Aerospace Thermosets.

Open Until: 06/15/2020 11:59 PM ET

STEM DIVE Video Challenge – Diversity and Inclusion Video Exhibition details
National Science Foundation

STEM DIVE Video Challenge – Diversity and Inclusion Video Exhibition

Submit videos that showcase innovative ways to forge partnerships that increase diversity and inclusion in the STEM workforce

Open Until: 06/25/2020 11:00 PM ET

Network Detection of Adversarial Campaigns using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning details
Department of Defense - Naval Information Warfare Systems Command

Network Detection of Adversarial Campaigns using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Adversarial campaign detection utilizing state-of-the-art AI/ML at the network layer

Open Until: 06/30/2020 05:00 PM ET

VHA Innovation Ecosystem and precisionFDA COVID-19 Risk Factor Modeling Challenge external challenge site (opens in new window)
Department of Veterans Affairs

VHA Innovation Ecosystem and precisionFDA COVID-19 Risk Factor Modeling Challenge

Develop artificial intelligence and machine learning models to predict COVID-19 patient health outcomes using synthetic veteran health records.

Open Until: 06/30/2020 11:59 PM ET

Civic Innovation Challenge external challenge site (opens in new window)
National Science Foundation

Civic Innovation Challenge

A research and action competition in the smart and connected communities domain supporting ready-to-implement, research-based pilot projects addressing community-identified priorities...

Open Until: 07/01/2020 05:00 PM ET

Automated Streams Analysis for Public Safety (ASAPS) Prize Challenge: Contest 1 details
Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Automated Streams Analysis for Public Safety (ASAPS) Prize Challenge: Contest 1

Develop tools and capabilities to detect and analyze emergency events from live streaming multimodal public safety data

Open Until: 08/07/2020 05:00 PM ET

Big Data Analysis Challenge - Creating New Paradigms for Heart Failure Research details
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

Big Data Analysis Challenge - Creating New Paradigms for Heart Failure Research

Use your big data analysis capabilities to help 6.5 million American adults living with heart failure

Open Until: 08/28/2020 12:00 PM ET

Project Streetlamp details
Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Project Streetlamp

Deploy AI/other technologies to help CFTC identify unregistered foreign entities so U.S. customers can make informed trade decisions.

Open Until: 09/04/2020 05:00 PM ET

Rodeo II - Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting details
NOAA - National Integrated Drought Information System

Rodeo II - Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting

Closing the Gap on Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting.

Open Until: 10/01/2020 12:00 AM ET

NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge 2020 Reduction to Practice (3-D ROC 2020) details
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge 2020 Reduction to Practice (3-D ROC 2020)

Build your vision of the future.

Open Until: 10/02/2020 02:00 PM ET

Inclusive Design Challenge details
Department of Transportation

Inclusive Design Challenge

Designing solutions to enable people with disabilities to use automated vehicles

Open Until: 10/30/2020 05:00 PM ET

CHARIoT Challenge - Advancing First Responder Communications details
Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology

CHARIoT Challenge - Advancing First Responder Communications

The CHARIoT Challenge is a 4-Phase, dual track competition that offers up to $1.1 million in cash prizes, with a...

Open Until: 11/18/2020 05:00 PM ET

Digital Solutions to Support Care Transitions Challenge details
Department of Health and Human Services - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Digital Solutions to Support Care Transitions Challenge

Can you help develop interoperable health information technology (IT) solutions that engage patients and family caregivers during care transitions from...

Open Until: 11/20/2020 05:00 PM ET

CO2 Conversion Challenge Phase 2 details
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

CO2 Conversion Challenge Phase 2

Get Out of Your Element

Open Until: 11/30/2020 06:00 PM ET

Innovative Technology Solutions for Social Care Referrals details
Department of Health and Human Services

Innovative Technology Solutions for Social Care Referrals

Opportunity to create and modernize health IT platforms to foster connections between health care systems and community based organizations in...

Open Until: 12/07/2020 05:00 PM ET

NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science details
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science

NIH seeks to recognize academic institutions for institutional approaches that have clearly succeeded in addressing faculty gender diversity and equity...

Open Until: 04/16/2021 11:59 PM ET

EcoTox TARGET Challenge details
Environmental Protection Agency

EcoTox TARGET Challenge

Develop high quality, low-cost tools that assess global gene expression in common aquatic toxicity test organisms

Open Until: 06/15/2021 11:59 PM ET

DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge external challenge site (opens in new window)
Department of Defense - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge

Create breakthrough technologies and capabilities for underground operations.

Open Until: 09/30/2021 12:00 AM ET