The Grand Challenges family of initiatives fosters innovation to solve key health and development problems. See below for Grand Challenges and related grant opportunities.
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The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is accepting applications for the 2023 cycle of its US-based Catalyst Awards. The NAM Healthy Longevity Catalyst Award offers $50,000 USD to individuals or teams with bold, new, and potentially transformative ideas that aim to improve the physical, mental, or social well-being and health of people as they age, in a measurable and equitable way. Prizewinners can use the funding to actualize their ideas, which can focus on any stage of life, as long as they ultimately promote health as people age. The NAM accepts applications from U.S.-based organizations. High-risk ideas that could potentially yield high rewards and, in turn, dramatically change the field of healthy longevity are encouraged. Applications may also originate from any field or combination of fields (e.g., biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, technology, data science, and policy). In addition to the winners, all Catalyst Award applicants advancing to the final stages of the review process will automatically be considered for additional funding as part of the subsequent phase of the Global Competition, the Accelerator Phase, with awards from $150,000 to more than $1 million USD. Awardees from both phases will be well-positioned to compete in 2025 for the NAM's Grand Prize, worth up to $5M, for a breakthrough innovation in healthy longevity.
Global collaborator organizations are also administering Catalyst Award competitions in their respective countries and regions concurrently and these can be found on the Healthy Longevity Global Competition website.