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2015 Winners Announced!

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DEBUT is NIBIB’s challenge to teams of undergraduate students to design solutions to unmet clinical needs.

  • 1st Prize: $20,000
  • 2nd Prize: $15,000
  • 3rd  Prize: $10,000
  • 6 Honorable Mentions

Winning teams will be honored at an award ceremony during the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Submission Period: March 16, 2015 to June 1, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT
Judging Period: June 10, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Winners announced: August 21, 2015
Award ceremony: October 9, 2015, Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, Tampa, Florida

The NIBIB’s  DEBUT Challenge is open to teams of undergraduate students working on projects that develop innovative solutions to unmet health and clinical problems. NIBIB’s mission is to improve health by leading the development and accelerating the application of biomedical technologies. The goals of the challenge are 1) to provide undergraduate students valuable experiences such as working in teams, identifying unmet clinical needs, and designing, building and debugging solutions for such open-ended problems; 2) to generate novel, innovative tools to improve healthcare, consistent with NIBIB’s purpose to support research, training, the dissemination of health information, and other programs with respect to biomedical imaging and engineering and associated technologies and modalities with biomedical applications; and 3) to highlight and acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of undergraduate students.

To participate in the challenge, a team of undergraduate students must identify an unmet health/clinical need, and design and build a biomedical  technology/method  that addresses it.  Areas of interest for these design projects include, but are not limited to, diagnostics, therapeutics, technologies for underserved populations and low resource settings, point-of-care systems, precision medicine, preventive medicine and technologies to aid individuals with disabilities.

Read the complete rules of the challenge at Official Rules of the Challenge.


Browse winning projects from previous years: 2014, 2013, 2012

For further information, contact Dr. Zeynep Erim at (301) 451-4797 or