NCATS “Rare Diseases Are Not Rare!” Challenge Now Open





NCATS is seeking innovative ways to communicate with others to educate people about rare diseases through social media or art. The goals of this challenge, which is being led by NCATS’ Office of Rare Diseases Research, are to raise awareness for all rare diseases in a collective manner, to bring attention to the many people with rare diseases and to highlight the need for research and the development of new treatments.

Use any communication you choose; be as creative and original as possible! Examples of entries include a music video, poem, painting, poster, animation, song, comic, etc.

The total prize purse is up to $5,000 and will be awarded as follows:

  • First place: $3,000 and travel expenses for up to four people to participate in Rare Disease Day at NIH, Feb. 28, 2019, to present winning entry
  • Second place: $1,500
  • Third place: $500
  • Honorable mentions (10) will have their entries posted on the NCATS website

Each team or individual may submit only one entry. Entries must be submitted to by 12:00 p.m. ET on Oct. 28, 2018.

Learn more about the challenge.

View detailed submission requirements and instructions.

View the challenge announcement.