The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) are awarding monetary prizes to people that come up with innovative solutions to prevent, diagnose, and treat kidney failure.
Anyone is welcome to enter the competition, which is called Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX), and it is broken up into two phases.
The hope is that the contest will generate and expedite new technologies, concepts, or expertise that have not been introduced in the realm of chronic kidney disease.
Contest Deadlines and Prize Details
Submissions will be accepted from October 2018 until February 2019 for phase one and should focus on innovations that imitate kidney functions, enhance patient wellbeing, improve treatment access, or promote safety. Up to 15 prizes will be awarded at $75,000 each for phase one winners.
Phase two submissions will be accepted from April 2019 until January 2020 and will be further developed prototypes of phase one submissions. Up to three prizes will be awarded at $500,000 each for phase two winners.