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Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid Point of Care Diagnostic Letter of Intent

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Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge

Posted By: National Institutes of Health
Category: Scientific/Engineering
Partners: HHS/Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), HHS/NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Submission Dates: 9 a.m. ET, Sep 08, 2016 - 11:59 p.m. ET, Jan 09, 2017 Winners Announced: Mar 27, 2017

Note: Phase 1 is now closed. However, applicants are eligible to submit a prototype for Phase 2, even if they did not submit a concept for Phase 1. In addition, no letter of intent is required for Phase 2.  The deadline for Phase 2 is September 4, 2018.  If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact Susan Kerin with Capital Consulting Corporation (the logistics contractor) at

Here are some general details on the challenge. The full challenge can be found at

Can you help create a diagnostic tool for health care providers to better identify resistant bacterial infections?

$20 million in prize awards

The main purpose of the Antimicrobial Resistance Diagnostic Challenge is to incentivize the development of one or more rapid, point-of-care in vitro diagnostic tests that would be of significant clinical and public health utility to combat the development and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria or diagnostic tests that distinguish between bacterial and viral infections. The 18 specific drug-resistant bacteria are identified in Table 3 of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria [1].

[1], Table 3, p. 60.

Winners in Phases $20,000,000.00 Awards will be determined in three steps: - Step 1: Up to $50,000 per semi-finalist (maximum of 20 semi-finalists) - Step 2: Up to $100,000 per semi-finalist (maximum of 10 semi-finalists) - Step 3: Equal to or greater than $18,000,000 to be divided among a maximum of three awardees based on the number of prizes awarded to Step 1 and 2 semi-finalists from a total pool of $20,000,000. As determined by the judges, the number of prizes will be determined for the Step 1 and 2 semi-finalists and Step 3 winner(s) from a total pool of $20,000,000.

8 Discussions for "Antimicrobial Resistance Rapid Point of Care Diagnostic Letter of Intent"

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      The 10-page proposal (and executive summary) are submitted differently from the letter of intent. You should use the CCCInnovation Center link ( This site does require you to register an account first.

  • Chris
    Hi All, I am a graphic designer and expert illustrator interested in teaming with others on this project. My work has been viewed at the White House. I work at a company where strategy meets visualization. Please reach out if you would like to partner.

  • New to this. What is the overall goal of the discussion area? To more clearly define the problems? To identify specific situations of special and urgent needs? To define what types of solutions would be more appropriate than others? It seems the problem(s) are fairly clear and widely discussed. Or is this the beginning of attempting to find soulutions?

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      Mark Mcgary
      Hello Eric, From Washington State, Desk of McGary I enjoy solve challenges in protein. Is there any particular pathogen problem? Are you interested in other interesting solve?

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