Addiction Research: There's an App for that

Notice Number: NOT-DA-15-080

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Release Date:  November 10, 2015

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announces a new Challenge/Prize Competition, "Addiction Research: There's an App for that" (

The objective of this Challenge is to promote the development of innovative mobile applications (apps) for future addiction studies. The Challenge requires that the apps be explicitly created using Apple Inc.’s ResearchKit™, an open-source software kit designed specifically for biomedical and health research. NIDA encourages addiction researchers to use the newly available technical capabilities of ResearchKit™ and seek collaboration(s) with app developers and engineers to create the winning research app.

The deadline for submissions to the NIDA Challenge is April 29, 2016. Winners will be announced in August, 2016. Three monetary prizes may be awarded: $50,000 for 1st Place; $30,000 for 2nd Place; and $20,000 for 3rd Place for a total prize award pool of up to $100,000.
NIDA may announce subsequent funding programs in which the submission materials may be used in future clinical research studies which will help to improve the scientific understanding of drug use and addiction.

This NIDA Challenge is enabled by the DHHS IDEA Lab program. Other Challenge partners include: U.S. General Services Administration; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Sage Bionetworks; and Scripps Translational Science Institute.

Additional information:

For information about the NIDA Challenge, “Addiction Research: There’s an App for That,” go to

For information on the NIDA Challenges Program, go to:

For information about the ResearchKit framework, go to


Please direct all inquiries to:

Elena Koustova, PhD, MBA
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Telephone: 301-496-8768