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NHLBI Hope for Sickle Cell Disease Challenge

Sickle cell disease (SCD), a group of inherited red blood cell disorders, affects 100,000 Americans, according to the CDC. It can cause severe, chronic pain and other serious problems such as infection, acute chest syndrome, and stroke. But many people do not know about the disease and its complications, and this can contribute to social stigma, a lack of understanding about how SCD affects patients and their families, and less than optimal are for those living with it. Through the NHLBI Hope for Sickle Cell Disease Challenge the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, seeks to improve awareness about SCD and address the associated myths and stigmas. 

This Challenge encourages college and graduate students to develop innovative information dissemination tools, instruments, or devices that help spread evidence-based information about SCD, so that people living with the disease can live better, healthier lives. See the full text of the Challenge Announcement

Winning Tools

The NHLBI is pleased to announce the selection of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize winners and an honorable mention for the Hope for Sickle Cell Disease Challenge. Congratulations to these teams, and many thanks to the teams and individuals that submitted Tools.


The NHLBI offered awards totaling up to $50,000. Three winners and one honorable mention were selected.


The Registration period ended at 11:59 p.m. EST, February 26, 2021. The Submission period ended at 11:59 p.m. EST, March 26, 2021. 


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for answers to common questions about this Challenge. 

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