HHS Competes was established after the signing of the America COMPETES Act, to invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States. HHS Competes is a way for HHS employees to draw on external talent and ideas to solve critical problems.
HHS has sponsored over 100 challenges and awarded 4 million dollars in prizes, leading to the development of many novel solutions to address complex problems.
Pay Only for Success
- CMS Provider Payment Data Viz Challenge
- Defined a problem and created a code-a-palooza
- 56 solvers competed for $20,000
- Commercial ready-app in less than 1 month
Reach beyond the Usual Suspects
- NEI Audacious Goals Challenge
- Received 476 submissions
- Half of submissions and winners never-before NIH grantees
- Prize pool of 30k
- Funded two new R01 grants through the ideation challenge
Save Staff Time and Taxpayer Money
- CMS Provider Enrollment Challenge
- 1,500 solvers
- Required 30% of traditional government support
- Required less than 80% of traditional government procurement costs
Stimulate Public Health Innovation
- ONC, NIEHS, and EPA My Health My Air Challenge
- 500 solvers including software developers, start-up firms, universities, and athletic suppliers
- $100,000 prize developed wearable sensors prototype that links air pollutants to heart rate and breathing created by Conscious Clothing system team.