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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


The NHLBI will award up to a total of $50,000. Up to three winners will be selected.


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


Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for answers to common questions about this Challenge. The FAQs page will be updated periodically throughout the competition. If you are unable to find information here or on pages linked through the above buttons, please contact 

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