NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge (NTAC)

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Prize Competition for Maternal Health

NIBIB launched the NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge (NTAC) series of prize competitions to stimulate the design of new diagnostic technologies to transform public and global health and to accelerate the full development of those products for use in low-resource settings. This iteration of NTAC intends to award cash prizes for innovative diagnostic technologies to help improve maternal health by diagnosing conditions related to maternal morbidity and mortality. Pregnancy and childbirth complications are a major global health problem resulting in the deaths of more than 800 women and 7,000 newborns each day. Contributing to the high rates of maternal morbidity and mortality in low-resource settings is the lack of low-cost diagnostics that operate at the point-of-care and are capable of detecting and differentiating common conditions during antenatal and intrapartum periods of pregnancy. Therefore, the intended purpose of NTAC: Maternal Health is to spur and reward the development of low-cost, point-of-care molecular, cellular, and/or metabolic sensing and diagnostic technologies integrated with a digital platform to guide rapid clinical decision-making, improve patient outcomes, and ultimately prevent maternal morbidity and mortality.

Important Dates

● Challenge Launch: December 7, 2021

● Submission Start: January 5, 2022

● Registration Deadline: April 1, 2022

● Submission Deadline: April 22, 2022

● Judging Start: May 2022

● Winners Announced: July 2022

NTAC for Maternal Health Registration

NTAC for Maternal Health Webinar

2020 NTAC Challenge Winners

See the list of 2020 winners of the NTAC Challenge.

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Contact the Challenge manager.

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