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iCare-AD/ADRD Challenge Frequently Asked Questions

See below for answers to frequently asked questions about the iCare-AD/ADRD Challenge.

Q. What is the deadline to submit entries?

A. June 30, 2019. See “Important Dates” in the Challenge Announcement.

Q. Is the iCare-AD/ADRD Challenge open to nonprofit organizations?

A. Yes, the challenge is open to all private entities that are incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, including but not limited to small and large businesses.

Q. What are some advantages to using the prize competition mechanism?

A. Prize competitions reward and spur paradigm shifting, groundbreaking, innovative ideas without requiring preliminary data. Additionally, these types of competitions stimulate excitement about a need/opportunity, allow the agency to seek an accomplishment without pre-selecting an approach or team, allow participants at any career stage and from non-academic research institutes to compete, encourage cross-discipline collaboration and creative solutions to problems, and promote commercialization of products to enable broad use.

Q. What are some examples of solutions that would fulfill the purpose of the challenge?

A. A few examples include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Aiding effective communication between clinicians and patients and families: Solvers could develop a mobile application to assist persons with dementia (PWD) and caregivers at primary care and specialty physician visits. The application could be tailored to individual care needs, prepopulated with diagnoses and medications used, and include prompts for questions to ask clinicians or links to local resources and/or relevant insurance coverage information.
  2. Aiding care access and access to relevant community resources and/or enhancing user-friendliness of existing service access interfaces: Solvers could use technology to assist PWD with aging in place, improve access to appropriate transportation options using smart devices, and coordinate health care visits.
  3. Improving care coordination: A collaboration between a technology company, EHR vendor, and nursing home chain could yield EHR-based methods to improve care coordination. Care coordination solutions may also involve behavioral “nudges” for care providers and/or care recipients using smart technology and may be designed for direct use by PWD and caregivers.

Q. I am not a US citizen or permanent resident. Can I still participate in the challenge?

A. Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent U.S. residents are not eligible to win a prize (in whole or in part) under the America COMPETES Act. NIH generally permits non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent U.S. residents to register for and participate in NIH Challenges. Such individuals may participate as part of a team that satisfies the applicable eligibility criteria and may be recognized when the results are announced, but they are not permitted to receive any monetary prizes. Please see the “Rules for Participating in the Challenge” section of this page for further details.

Q. How will intellectual property be handled in this challenge?

A. By participating in this Challenge, each individual (whether participating singly or in a group) warrants that he or she is the sole author or owner of, or has the right to use, any copyrightable works that the submission comprises, that the works are wholly original with the Solver (or is an improved version of an existing work that the Solver has sufficient rights to use and improve), and that the submission does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which Solver is aware. In addition, each individual (whether participating singly or in a group) and each entity grants to the NIH an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free nonexclusive worldwide license to reproduce, publish, post, link to, share, and display publicly (e.g., on websites) the submission and abstracts on the web or elsewhere, and a nonexclusive, nontransferable, irrevocable, paid-up license to practice, or have practiced for or on its behalf, the solution throughout the world. Each participant will retain all other intellectual property rights in their submissions, as applicable. To participate in the Challenge, each Solver must warrant that there are no legal obstacles to providing the above-referenced nonexclusive licenses of Solver's rights to the federal government. To receive an award, Solvers will not be required to transfer their intellectual property rights to NIH, but Solvers must grant to the federal government the nonexclusive licenses recited herein.

Q. Can I submit multiple solutions to be judged?

A. Yes. You may submit multiple entries via email to Please be sure to send a separate email for each solution. Each solution must be sufficiently novel and unique and not be a minor modification of a prior submission.

Q. Do I need to send a prototype along with my challenge submission?

A. Yes. A demonstration of the developed app must be included either via weblink, as a downloadable app from a website or as a prototype app on a demonstration mobile device. If a login is required, demo accounts with password should be provided which will enable evaluators to access all parts of the product. If there are different interfaces [i.e., a separate interface for caregiver and a different interface for a provider (e.g., physician)] separate logins should be provided. If the team opts for submitting the app on a demonstration mobile device then four such devices must be submitted. Upon receipt of the written entries, an address will be provided for the shipment of the prototypes, with all accessories needed for functionality, to NIA. Prototypes will be returned to the entrants after the judging process.

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