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Challenge Announcement to Create Mobile iOS App for Addiction Research

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NIDA Issues Challenge to Create Mobile iOS App for Addiction Research

From National Institute on Drug Abuse

November 6, 2015

App will use Apple’s ResearchKit™  Framework

Addiction Research Challenge

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) recently issued a Challenge for Addiction Research aimed at physicians and data scientists to develop a novel mobile iOS app  for future addiction research. The challenge requires that the app be explicitly created using Apple Inc.’s ResearchKit™, an open-source software kit designed specifically for biomedical and health research.

The goal of the NIDA Challenge is to create a Mobile iOS app to be used by addiction researchers in future studies to improve the scientific understanding of drug use and addiction. The app should:

  • Allow researchers to engage “citizen scientists” and to recruit a large and varied number of willing study participants;

  • Present informed-consent materials;

  • Collect data frequently on a broad range of variables.

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.

This NIDA Challenge is enabled by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship and Action Lab program. Other Challenge partners include: U.S. General Services AdministrationSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationCenters for Disease Control and PreventionSage BionetworksScripps Translational Science Institute; and IdeaScale.

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:

About the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is a component of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The Institute carries out a large variety of programs to inform policy and improve practice. Fact sheets on the health effects of drugs of abuse and information on NIDA research and other activities can be found at, which is now compatible with your smartphone, iPad or tablet. To order publications in English or Spanish, call NIDA’s DrugPubs research dissemination center at 1-877-NIDA-NIH or 240-645-0228 (TDD) or email requests to Online ordering is available at NIDA’s media guide can be found at, and its easy-to-read website can be found at

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit


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