The NCAA and the U.S. Department of Defense are sponsoring this landmark initiative to enhance the safety of student-athletes and service members. The broader $30 million NCAA-DOD Grand Alliance also includes the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted. 

The Mind Matters Challenge is broken down to focus on two important areas related to concussion: Changing Attitudes about Concussions in Young and Emerging Adults (a research challenge); and Educational Programs Targeting Young and Emerging Adults (an educational programs challenge).  Click below to learn more about these two Grand Challenges.


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Research Challenge

Changing attitudes about concussion. Participants vie for up to ten research grants up to $400,000 to conduct novel research into the mechanisms influencing cultural change around concussion reporting in the target population.

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Educational Programs Challenge

Educational Programs Targeting Young and Emerging Adults. Participants in this Challenge vie for up to ten (10) $25,000 cash prizes and the opportunity to provide a demonstration package to the judging panel.



Listen to what Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA Chief Medical Officer, has to say about the background and objectives of the Mind Matters Challenge.




The Mind Matters Challenge is supported by a DoD Grant and Cooperative Research & Development Agreement