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“ARPA-H Dash” competition seeks advanced concepts with the potential to revolutionize health outcomes

The ARPA-H Dash to Accelerate Health Outcomes, or “ARPA-H Dash,” launched on March 15, 2023 to help identify revolutionary evidence-based ideas to transform health. The ARPA-H Dash is a collaborative online competition open to bold thinkers across health, scientific, and technology communities, as well as the general public.

“Health affects us all, and we know so many people – as patients, as advocates, as professionals – have big, bold ideas that need an opportunity to break the surface and get traction. We’re providing that opportunity here and now,” said ARPA-H Director Renee Wegrzyn, Ph.D.

The ARPA-H Dash will use a bracket format and online discussion, debate, and voting to narrow submissions to quarterfinalists, semifinalists, finalists, and a champion idea during March and April 2023. Sixty-four submissions will be grouped within ARPA-H’s strategic focus areas, which include:

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    Health Science Futures

    Expand what’s technically possible

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    Scalable Solutions

    Meet health challenges anywhere, at any scale

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    Proactive Health

    Make prevention the best cure

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    Resilient Systems

    Build integrated healthcare systems

Nominations for the ARPA-H Dash will be accepted through an online portal for review between March 29 and April 7, 2023. Each submission should include a piece of evidence with citation, published after January 1, 2018, a short descriptive title for display in the brackets, identification of which ARPA-H focus area is targeted for transformation, and answers to three questions about the proposed transformation.

Up to two nominations are allowed per participant. After review of the nominations, the official ARPA-H Dash bracket will be published by 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, April 17, 2023. Once the bracket structure is published, the first round of head-to-head comparisons will be open for online discussion and voting. The competition will conclude on May 16 with a $15,000 grand prize awarded to the winning transformation, and additional prizes to a runner-up, two semi-finalists, and four quarter-finalists as determined by the judges. Participants who select the most winners in head-to-head comparisons are eligible for prizes as well.

For more information about the competition and how to submit cutting-edge ideas, download the ARPA-H Dash webinar PDF, watch the video below, or go directly to the competition website.

Register to Submit Your Idea!

The competition takes place on, where the full rules are posted.

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