An ARPA-H Funding Opportunity to Address Critical Unmet Challenges in Women’s Health

Request for Solutions

Submissions are closed for the ARPA-H request for solutions (RFS) funding opportunity (Solicitation# ARPA-H-ICHUB-24-101). Two funding tracks will foster transformative research and development efforts that impact and improve women’s health outcomes: one for early-stage research, or “Spark” solutions, and the other for later-stage development, or “Launchpad” solutions. The Spark and Launchpad tracks are available for all six women’s health topics. View your submission through the BIDS submission platform.

ARPA-H had an unprecedented response of submissions, representing 45 states, the District of Columbia, and 34 countries, received from a mix of scientific visionaries from across the globe and sectors. More than half of those submissions came from organizations with less than 50 people. Read more about submission highlights.

ARPA-H Program Managers reviewed all submissions. Email notifications were sent to all proposers for topics two through five on June 14, and for topics one and six on July 8; if you have not received a notification, please check your spam filters. Proposers selected to move to the pitch phase will receive a second email with instructions and details for the next steps. Pitch notifications are selection sensitive information and will not be made public. Submit your questions about the Sprint for Women’s Health here.

Prospective proposers invited to pitch are required to apply for membership as an Investor Catalyst Hub spoke. If selected for a funding award, proposers will need to obtain spoke membership approval in order to receive the award. Learn more about being a spoke and how to apply by visiting the Investor Catalyst Hub website.

While the Sprint for Women’s Health submissions are closed, additional opportunities to engage with ARPA-H include:

Key Dates*

  • Draft Request for Solutions (RFS) posted: Monday, March 4, 2024.
  • Virtual Proposers’ Day: Wednesday, March 6, 2024. Watch the event recording and access the event slides.
  • Submissions opened: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 5:00 p.m. ET.
  • Submission deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024, 12:00 p.m. ET (closed)
  • Notifications sent (Topics 2-5): June 14
  • Notifications sent (Topics 1 & 6): July 8
  • Pitch phase: Summer 2024
  • Invitation for Collaboration & Negotiation (IC&N): Summer/Fall 2024
  • Award: Fall 2024

*Dates are notional and dependent on the number of submissions received.

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About the ARPA-H Sprint for Women’s Health

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) supports biomedical and health breakthroughs that can deliver transformative, financially sustainable, and broadly applicable health solutions for everyone. ARPA-H aims to address critical unmet challenges in women’s health across all demographics, geographies, and socioeconomic statuses, championing transformative innovations and tackling health conditions that uniquely or disproportionately affect women from every walk of life.

Through the “Sprint for Women’s Health,” ARPA-H aims to galvanize the innovator, investor, researcher, and patient advocate communities to proactively address women’s health challenges, raise awareness, and spur innovation with two significant funding opportunity tracks, up to a total of $100 million. These funding opportunity tracks aim to foster transformative research & development (R&D) efforts—from “Spark,” early-stage research, to “Launchpad,” later-stage development—that impact and enhance women’s health outcomes.

With both funding opportunities, ARPA-H aims to lower entry barriers for a diverse range of participants, with a simplified submission process of an abstract followed by a pitch session.