Notice of Prize Competition for the DataWorks! - NIH FASEB Challenge
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July 12, 2023

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Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS)


The purpose of the 2023 DataWorks! Prize is to incentivize creativity in developing best practices and strategies to share data and to further the NIH’s Policy for Data Management and Sharing. The prize will recognize and reward exceptional data practices in biological and biomedical research labs during the active phase of research that enable robust data sharing and reuse and create a library of best practice methods that can be used by the broader research community.

The challenge seeks best practice “recipes” that advance biological and biomedical research activities, with a focus on practices enabling robust data management during the research process. Participants will submit their data sharing/reuse best practice recipes in a form that can be used by an audience of their peers, such as a teaching resource or tool for active data management. In this way, the 2023 prize will collate a rich set of best practices recipes and interactive resources that can be used by the research community to more easily and successfully manage, share, and reuse data.

The 2023 DataWorks! Prize will include up to 16 team awards. Submissions will undergo an expert review, with final awards selected by a panel of NIH judges.  Winning teams will be recognized with a cash prize and will be invited to participate in future DataWorks! Program opportunities. Non-Monetary honorable mentions will also be awarded.

This Notice is being provided to inform potential participants in the DataWorks! NIH FASEB Challenge. Important dates are:

  • Launched at Challenge.Gov: May 23rd, 2023
  • Submissions first accepted: June 1st, 2023
  • Submission deadline: August 15th, 2023 11:59 PM Eastern Time
  • Winners announced: anticipated January 2024

Full submission guidelines and instructions, as well as detailed judging criteria can be found here.


The future of biological and biomedical research hinges on the ability of researchers to share and reuse data. Creative tools, best practices, and strategies that enable data sharing and reuse are required for the biological and biomedical research community to maximize the utility of the data it collects. This prize challenge will recognize and reward participants who develop these practices and integrate them into their research processes. Tools, practices, and strategies for data sharing and reuse must themselves be shareable and reusable to maximize their impact. This Challenge is developed based on the experience and success of the 2022 DataWorks! Challenge.


Registration for the challenge is open to teams of individuals or single entities (e.g., organizations, institutions, corporations). Individual team captains must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, but other team members need not meet this criterion. Entities must have their primary place of business in the United States. Full eligibility criteria and other application details can be found here.


Please direct all inquiries to:

NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS)