NAM Seeks Innovative Ideas Promoting Healthy Longevity for the 2023 Catalyst Awards

With just a 2-page narrative submission, applicants can be considered for a Catalyst Award and earn $50K in seed funding for their bold, innovative ideas to extend the human healthspan. The award also provides winners opportunities for international collaboration, networking, and recognition as well as opportunities for subsequent funding.

As part of the Healthy Longevity Global Competition, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is accepting applications for the 2023 cycle of its U.S.-based Catalyst Awards. Applications will be accepted from January 23, 2023, through February 27, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST. The NAM will issue up to 20 awards in 2023. Individuals and teams may learn more and apply here.

To help address the world’s rapidly aging population, the NAM launched the Healthy Longevity Global Competition: a three-phase awards program designed to identify and accelerate bold, innovative, and potentially breakthrough ideas to improve health as people age. In the first phase, the Catalyst Awards reward exciting new or early-stage projects that have the potential to advance the field of healthy longevity and extend the human healthspan—in turn allowing individuals to live more enriching lives and stay active in their communities, families, and the workforce well into their later years.

Eligible projects aim to improve the mental, physical, or social health and well-being of individuals and can focus on any stage of life, as long as they ultimately promote health for people as they age.

U.S.-based individuals and teams from any field, background, sector, or career stage are encouraged to submit a simple 2-page narrative to be considered for a $50,000 prize. In addition to the winners, all applicants advancing to the final stages of the Catalyst Award review process unlock consideration for subsequent funding from the Global Competition in the form of an Accelerator Award, worth $150,000 to more than $1 million USD. All Awardees will also be well-positioned to compete for a Grand Prize worth up to $5M USD for a breakthrough innovation in healthy longevity in 2025.

The NAM’s U.S.-based Catalyst Award competition is part of a global initiative to extend the human healthspan. There are a number of Catalyst Award competitions worldwide that are open to innovators in more than 50 countries and territories! Winners of the global Catalyst Award competitions receive an invitation to attend the annual Global Innovator Summit, where awardees and other leaders in research, academia, and industry convene to share their winning ideas, get inspired, network, and collaborate.

The NAM competition is open to individuals and organizations based in the United States. You can find more information about eligibility in the rules and guidelines here. More detailed frequently asked questions on how to apply can be found here. 

For questions about the Healthy Longevity Catalyst Awards, email catalystawards@nas.edu.

For media inquiries, contact Megan Lowry, Media Relations Manager at news@nas.edu

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