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Program FAQs

Below you will find a wide range of answers to common questions about ARPA-H programs and funding. If your question is not addressed below, please refer to the program’s page, specific Broad Agency Announcement (BAA), and additional information found on You can also learn more about ARPA-H from our Agency FAQs. Thank you for your interest in ARPA-H’s programs.

General Questions

Abstracts are limited to a few pages in order to pitch an idea to the program team. Abstracts are intended to provide a way for potential performers to receive a recommendation from ARPA-H about whether to submit a full proposal prior to investing the effort required to submit a full proposal. Please refer to the information in the specific program BAA to see the requirements for abstracts and full proposals.

Please see each program’s BAA for specific guidance related to these and other formatting questions.

No. Please see each program’s BAA for further details on abstract review criteria.

IP rights will be part of award negotiations between the proposer and ARPA-H. Note, there are more flexibilities regarding IP under “other transactions” than under “financial assistance regulations.”

No. The timeline is aggressive and set at the same benchmark for all proposers. The full proposals will be evaluated based on the criteria stated in each BAA.

The ARPA-H model is inherently fast-paced and fuels innovation at an accelerated rate. While ARPA-H may collaborate with clinical sites, we expect performers to move at the pace of the program in order to succeed. More information will be provided to performers once each program begins.

Program teams are unable to discuss concepts that a potential applicant is considering submitting to a BAA. We will evaluate and provide feedback on technical concepts once they have been officially submitted.

Please be sure to review a specific program’s solicitation in its entirety, including all the attachments at the bottom of the page. The submission process and other questions should all be answered by reviewing these materials.

Participation in Proposers’ Day is not a requirement for submission of an abstract, full proposal, or selection for funding.

ARPA-H supports, but does not conduct, research. Instead, the agency funds research organizations such as universities and medical centers to conduct such work. If you have an interest in volunteering for a health research study, consider exploring opportunities at This registry, maintained by the National Institutes of Health, includes a wide array of health research, funded by both public and private entities, and includes a page on volunteering for clinical studies. Thank you again for your interest, and we encourage you to stay up to date on the current state of ARPA-H programs at

Please email the specific program with detailed information about the issue and a team member will get back to you to resolve the issue.