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Awards to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, Teams, and Individuals for Ideas that Encourage Healthy Aging

U.S. NAM Catalyst Award Competition

GrantWatch ID# 187988
Agency: National Academy of Medicine (NAM)

Funding Source
National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 03/06/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Awards of $50,000 to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, research institutions, teams, and individuals for innovative ideas that improve the experience and health of aging populations. Topic areas may include mental and physical health, housing, policy, and urban planning. Ideas may focus on any stage of life, as long as they ultimately promote health as people age.

The NAM is currently seeking bold, new, and innovative ideas that aim to extend the human healthspan (i.e., the number of years lived in good health), especially approaches that challenge existing paradigms or propose new methodologies or concepts. High-risk ideas that could potentially yield high rewards and, in turn, dramatically change the field of healthy longevity are encouraged.

Ideas may focus on any stage of life, as long as they ultimately promote health, functioning, meaning, purpose and/or dignity as people age.

Applications may also originate from any field or combination of fields (e.g., biology, chemistry, medicine, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, technology, data science, and policy). Examples of topic areas include but are not limited to:

  • Behavioral health (e.g., social connectedness, engagement, and well-being)
  • Biology of aging and molecular pathways
  • Built environment and urban planning
  • Disease prevention, including biomarkers and indicators of disease
  • Health care delivery (e.g., technologies simplifying access to care, elder care services)
  • Housing (e.g., smart-enabled homes, intergenerational housing models)
  • Physical health (e.g., mobility and functionality)
  • Policy (e.g., economic, health, and science)
  • Reproductive longevity and equality
  • Technology (e.g., artificial intelligence; robotics; medical, assistive, and information technology)


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The NAM Catalyst Awards are open to any person or team of any discipline or background. Individuals do not need to be affiliated with an organization to submit an application.

The NAM accepts applications from any type of US-based organization (e.g., colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies). For-profit companies in particular cannot have annual sales revenues of more than $10 million for each of their last two fiscal years, and there is a strong preference for early stage endeavors (e.g., seed investments, startups, social enterprises, and spinouts).

The PI must reside in the U.S. as a U.S. citizen, legal resident alien, or non-resident alien with a valid visa.

There must be one principal investigator (PI) named on each application (applicants may also name up to three co-PIs). A particular individual may only be listed as PI on one Catalyst Award application per round of the NAM Catalyst Award competition. However, a PI can be named on another application as a co-PI within the same round.

There is no limit on the number of applications a particular organization may submit.

The NAM does not seek to fund existing programs (or slight variations thereof), approaches that are primarily public awareness, educational, or advocacy campaigns, nor products that are already commercially available.

Pre-Application Information
The application period will be open from January 23, 2023, at 12:00 am EST to March 6, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST.

The table below lists key dates for the 2023 cycle of the NAM Catalyst Award Competition.
- January 23, 2023, at 12:00 am EST | Application period opens
- March 6, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST | Application period closes
- Fall 2023 | Winners announced
- Fall 2024 | Global Innovator Summit (honoring 2023 Catalyst Awardees)

Recorded Webinar for Prospective Applicants:


Number of Grants
Up to 20

Estimated Size of Grant
Each Catalyst Award includes a $50,000 cash prize as well as travel costs to attend an annual Global Innovator Summit.

Contact Information
Apply online:

To submit a question, please send an email to with the Subject line “Question – NAM Catalyst Awards.”

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