Challenge awards are a way to generate competition, spur ingenuity, and fund or recognize outstanding projects or ideas.
In Fall 2015, NIEHS issued a new challenge focusing on climate change and health.
- 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. This challenge closes December 2015.
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.