The Rare Genomics Institute and Assay Depot are combining forces to sponsor the Rare Disease Challenge: Be HEARD (Helping Empower and Accelerate Research Discoveries), which aims to accelerate research discoveries for rare diseases. The challenge offers a monetary prize of $10,000 and up to $400,000 in donated research services. The competition officially opened October 15 and the deadline for submissions is December 15, 2012. To apply, researchers are asked to submit a proposal for their rare disease of interest (ALS is on the list of rare diseases), and specify any of the donated services that they would like to apply for (i.e. antibodies from Antibodies Incorporated). The finalists for the $10,000 prize (and their selected donated research services) will be announced on World Rare Disease Day, February 28, 2013. However, the winner will be selected by Facebook voters. The finalist with the most Facebook votes will win the $10,000 and their selected research services of choice. Looks like Prize4Life has started a trend – using prizes to incentivize biomedical research!
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