Challenge awards are a way to generate competition, spur ingenuity, and fund or recognize outstanding projects or ideas.
In 2016, NIEHS is involved in two challenges.
- Transform Tox Testing Challenge: Innovating for Metabolism is calling on innovative thinkers to find ways to incorporate physiological levels of metabolism into high-throughput screening assays. This will help researchers more accurately assess effects of chemicals and better protect public health. This Challenge is being supported by NTP/NIEHS, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the U.S. EPA. The first stage of the challenge is open until April 8, 2016.
- The NIEHS Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge asks participants to produce visualizations, tools, or applications that help convey the potential risks of environmental exposures that may be worsened by climate change. Submissions accepted until February 1, 2016.
NIEHS has issued two previous challenges that are helping to move the fields of toxicology and exposure science forward.
- My Air, My Health Challenge helped spur the creative development of personal devices that can gather and integrate health and air quality data that can be used to improve overall health.
- NIEHS - NCATS - UNC DREAM Toxicogenetics Challenge used crowdsourcing to engage the community to gain a better understanding about how a person's individual genetics can influence cytotoxic response to exposure to widely used chemicals.