Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams Challenge

Sponsor Deadline: 

May 31, 2023


NIH and VentureWell

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The Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge is a competition that recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation. DEBUT challenges teams of students in undergraduate biomedical education to solve real world problems in healthcare.

Prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded, with a total prize purse of $145,000. Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities; the ability to manage the product development process; the ability to work effectively in teams; and technical communication skills. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Significance of the problem being addressed
  • Impact of proposed solution on potential users and clinical care
  • Innovative design
  • Working prototype

Read all the DEBUT guidelines