The possibility that this prize activity duplicates other ongoing activities in any relevant sector (e.g., academia, business):
Because technology to improve care for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is a fast-growing field, the Alzheimer's Association believes that duplication is likely. We encourage the National Institute on Aging to include a data-driven approach in its review process to ensure the most beneficial models of care are recognized and disseminated. For example, NIA could consider Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals, which have been subjected to scientific review.
Attractiveness of this question to a broad audience of possible solvers:
The Alzheimer's Association supports the proposed focus on quality of life issues for persons living with dementia, care partners, and caregivers and believes it will appeal to a broad audience.
The length of time solvers would need to develop a prize submission:
If the proposals are based on novel research and data, we anticipate solvers would need between 12 and 24 months.
Metrics that judges might use to identify a winner:
We encourage NIA to consider data-driven, statistically-significant quality of life metrics. Specific measures will depend on the proposed model. We also encourage NIA to ensure that award amounts are suitable to implement and scale the winning models.