Challenge and Prize Structure

The Challenge is a three-phase, prize-based competition to find and develop technology-based solutions that address or improve opioid abuse prevention, treatment and overdose avoidance and response.
The Idea Phase:  Closed.  Prize recipients were announced on January 30, 2018.
  • Ideas were collected from technical and non-technical audiences to help inform topics for the Challenge Phase.
  • Five (5) of the top ideas were selected to receive $10,000.
  • Runners-up were entered to receive $500 prizes. Forty were awarded, 20 to citizen scientists and 20 to professionals/experts.
The Challenge Phase:  Closed.  Prize recipients were announced on September 12, 2018.
  • Four Challenge Topics that address specific unmet needs or concerns related to opioid use, abuse and exposure.
  • The Challenge Phase concluded by awarding twelve $200,000 prizes across the four Topics.
  • Prize Recipients of the Challenge Phase are eligible to compete in the Product Phase.
The Product Phase:
  • The Product Phase is the final stage that seeks to enable Challenge Phase Prize Recipients to develop and refine their solutions for market entry by awarding up to 4 prizes of $1 Million.


** At least $6.5 million is available in the prize pool for the Challenge and Product phases. We are seeking corporate support to expand this prize pool.




QUESTIONS? Contact the Solution Provider Help Desk
Program Manager:  Kevin Andrews, Ph.D. 
Phone: +1-216-283-3901