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U.S. NAM Catalyst Award Competition

Awards to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, Teams,
and Individuals for Ideas that Encourage Healthy Aging

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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National Academy of Medicine (NAM)

Deadline Date:

04/25/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Awards of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, research institutions, teams, and individuals for innovative ideas that improve the experience and health of aging populations. Topic areas may include mental and physical health, housing, policy, and urban planning. Ideas may focus on any stage of life, as long as they ultimately promote health as people age.

Catalyst Awards will reward bold, new, potentially transformative ideas to improve the physical, mental, or social well-being and health of people as they age, in a measurable and equitable way. The NAM seeks innovative approaches that aim to extend the human healthspan, especially approaches that challenge existing paradigms or propose new methodologies or concepts. High-risk ideas that could potentially yield high rewards and, in turn, dramatically change the field of healthy longevity are encouraged.

Applications may also originate from any field or combination of fields (e.g., biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, technology, data science, and policy). Examples of topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • Behavioral health (e.g., social connectedness, engagement, and well-being)
  • Biology of aging and molecular pathways
  • Built environment and urban planning
  • Disease prevention, including biomarkers and indicators of disease
  • Health care delivery
  • Housing (e.g., smart-enabled homes, intergenerational housing models)
  • Physical health (e.g., mobility and functionality)
  • Policy (e.g., economic, health, and science policy)
  • Reproductive longevity and equality
  • Technology (e.g., artificial intelligence; robotics; medical, assistive, and information-technology)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187988

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each Catalyst Award includes a $50,000 cash prize as well as travel costs to attend an annual Innovator Summit.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NAM Catalyst Awards are open to any person or team of any discipline or background. Individuals do not need to be affiliated with an organization to submit an application.

The NAM accepts applications from any type of US-based organization (e.g., colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies). For-profit companies in particular cannot have annual sales revenues of more than $10 million for each of their last two fiscal years, and there is a strong preference for early stage endeavors (e.g., seed investments, startups, social enterprises, and spinouts).

The PI must reside in the U.S. as a U.S. citizen, legal resident alien, or non-resident alien with a valid visa.

There must be one principal investigator (PI) named on each application (applicants may also name up to three co-PIs). A particular individual may only be listed as PI on one Catalyst Award application per round of the NAM Catalyst Award competition. However, a PI can be named on another application as a co-PI within the same round.

There is no limit on the number of applications a particular organization may submit.

The NAM does not seek to fund the following: existing programs (or slight variations thereof), approaches that are primarily public awareness or educational campaigns, or products that are already commercially available.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period opens on January 25, 2021 at 12:00am EST and closes on April 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

Key dates for Round 2 of the NAM Catalyst Award Competition.
- January 25, 2021 at 12:00 am EST: Application period opens
- April 25, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST: Application period closes
- Early fall 2021: Winners announced
- Summer 2022: Innovator Summit for Round 2 winners

Dates are based on an estimated timeline and are subject to change. The NAM will post any changes to key dates on their website.

Potential applicants may submit questions about the NAM Catalyst Award competition and/or application requirements. Before submitting, individuals should consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to ensure their question has not already been addressed.

Recorded Webinar for Prospective Applicants: https://nam.edu/event/webinar-for-prospective-applicants-nam-healthy-longevity-catalyst-award-competition/

FAQs: https://nam.edu/initiatives/grand-challenge-healthy-longevity/34473-2/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://namcatalystawards.smapply.io/

To submit a question, please send an email to catalystawards@nas.edu with the Subject line “Question – NAM Catalyst Awards.”

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