New National Academy of Medicine Competition Seeks Solutions from the Social Sciences
The National Academy of Medicine in collaboration with eight global organizations representing more than 40 countries
and territories has launched the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, a
multiyear, multimillion-dollar international competition seeking breakthrough innovations to extend human health and function later in life.
The competition calls on teams and individuals from the social sciences as well as biomedical sciences, technology and engineering, financing, and beyond – to submit bold, innovative ideas, with the goal of extending the human healthspan. The competition seeks
to amass a diverse portfolio of ideas, focusing on areas such as disease prevention and interception, molecular pathways, mobility, functionality, social connectedness, and more.
The competition consists of three phases internationally:
• Catalyst Phase: Approximately 450 awards worth $50,000 USD each will be issued globally as seed funding to advance new, innovative ideas. The first cycle of the Catalyst Phase opens
in January 2020, and applications will be accepted for approximately 6 weeks.
• Accelerator Phase: Awards worth $500,000 to $1 million USD or more will be issued to meritorious Catalyst awardees who have demonstrated significant progress, in order to support
the further advancement of their bold ideas (starting in 2021).
• Grand Prize: One or more grand prize(s) of up to $5 million USD will be awarded for achievement of a breakthrough innovation that extends the human healthspan (starting in 2023).
Participating Organizations: Catalyst Awards
Academia Sinica of Taiwan
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development
Ministry of Health and National Research Foundation of Singapore
UK Research and Innovation
U.S. National Academy of Medicine, supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
U.S. National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health
Watch our 2-minute video to learn more about the Healthy Longevity Global Competition from NAM president Victor J.
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The Healthy Longevity Global Competition will unfold in parallel with the Global Roadmap for
Healthy Longevity, an international commission appointed by the NAM to assess available evidence and recommend strategies for global societies to maintain the health and productivity of aging populations.