Creating Biomedical Technologies to Improve Health


Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge

2017 Winners Announced!

Click here to read about the winning projects


The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell have come together to support and expand the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge, which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation.

NIBIB-sponsored prizes:                                        VentureWell-sponsored prizes:
• First prize: $20,000                                                 • Venture prize: $15,000 
• Second prize: $15,000                                            • Design Excellence prize: $5,000
• Third prize: $10,000

Entries will be judged on:
• Significance of the problem being addressed
• Impact on potential users and clinical care
• Innovative design
• Working prototype

VentureWell prizes will also consider:
• Market potential and economic feasibility
• Patentability

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

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2017, 11:59 PM EDT
Winners Announced: August 25, 2017
Award Ceremony: October 2017, Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Phoenix, AZ

Learn more at VentureWell
Read the complete rules for participating in NIBIB prizes at Rules for participation for NIBIB prizes.

Browse winning projects from previous years: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

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