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Do you have a vision for how to improve addiction treatment services to even better address addiction? We are seeking bold new ideas...

Current Challenge

Addiction Research: There's an App for that

Do you have great ideas to create the app for use by addiction researchers to engage mobile device users in future society-changing research?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) aims to develop novel mobile applications (apps) for future addiction research explicitly created on Apple Inc.’s ResearchKit framework. ResearchKit is open-source software which makes it easy for researchers and developers to create apps for specific biomedical research questions by circumventing development of custom code. Although Apple’s ResearchKit lowers the barriers for medical researchers in terms of custom coding, it is likely that the creation of new apps will be done best by Contestants with a combination of IT skills and clinical research expertise.

Submission Closed

Past Challenges

Challenge: Harnessing Insights from other Disciplines to Advance Drug Abuse and Addiction Research

After completing a thorough review of the applications received, the judging panel found that none was sufficiently meritorious and responsive to the concept of the challenge. NIDA has therefore decided not to award any prizes. We appreciate all of the time and effort that went into each application.

Submission Closed

Challenge: Innovations in Measuring and Managing Addiction Treatment Quality

After completing a thorough review of the applications received, the judging panel found that none was sufficiently responsive to the concept of the challenge to meet the standard for a First Prize Award. NIDA is awarding a meritorious/ honorable award of $10,000 to Jeremy Martinez, MD, Matrix Institute on Addictions, Los Angeles, CA for the submission title: “The Patient-Oriented Treatment Information Framework (POTIF)”. We appreciate all of the time and effort that went into each application, and encourage applicants to consider additional NIDA Challenges.

Submission Closed

About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

NIDA is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy and improve practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drug abuse and information on NIDA research and other actives can be found on the NIDA home page at www.drugabuse.gov.

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