Patient Innovator Challenge

Patient Innovator Challenge

The new KidneyX: Patient Innovator Challenge, funded by National Kidney Foundation prize competition will challenge individuals, communities, businesses, institutions, and non-profit organizations, among others, for ideas on how to improve therapeutic options and quality of life for people living with kidney disease. The new competition will seek ideas and fixes that people living with kidney disease have developed through their own everyday experiences and ingenuity. Patients and care partners in particular play a critical role in advancing their own best care; and the new Patient Innovator Challenge will reward their ideas and innovations in this prize competition, which is part of the Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) umbrella. Anyone can apply for the competition and some key areas submissions may focus on are how to manage the side effects of dialysis or transplant treatment, ways to gain patient independence, successful diet and fluid regimens, techniques to increase physical activity, and methods which help sustain family and social life or improve overall quality of life. To learn more, read the National Kidney Foundation's blog post here

In this competiton there are two categories to submit under:

  • Category 1: "Solutions in Practice," which are solutions already tried or put into practice
  • Category 2: "New Ideas," which are solutions that have not yet been created or tried.

Up to 25 winners will be awarded - 10 winners in Category 1 will receive $4,000 each, and up to 15 winners in Category 2 will receive $2,000.

Submissions are due by 5:00 pm ET on September 16, 2019. Before submitting please review the prize announcement and competition FAQ's.

Who Can Participate?

Full eligibility rules can be found on page 3 of the prize announcement.

What is KidneyX Looking for in the Patient Innovator Challenge?

KidneyX is looking for any method or fix that will help people living with kidney diseases. This could mean ways to improve health and relieve symptoms, ways to make daily life easier, ways to reduce the cost of care, etc.

Some potential areas to consider include (but are not limited to):

  • How have you managed side effects of treatment (e.g., fatigue, insomnia, cramping)?
  • What tweaks or fixes have helped you be more independent?
  • Have you found a diet/fluid regimen that works particularly well?
  • In what ways have you successfully sustained your family and social life?
  • In what ways have you managed to increase your physical activity?
  • Have you found or thought about other ways to improve your quality of life?

For specific judging criteria, please review the prize announcement.