Request for Solutions

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) Sprint for Women’s Health 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.

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 and selection status 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.

Program Description

Submissions are closed for the ARPA-H Sprint for Women’s Health request for solutions (RFS) funding opportunity. With the two funding opportunity tracks, ARPA-H aims to lower barriers of entry for a diverse range of participants, with a simplified submission process of a Solution Summary followed by a pitch session. A Solution Summary is a three-page document that addresses how the proposed idea is relevant to ARPA-H mission and the proposed women’s health topic areas. The Spark and Launchpad tracks are available for all six women’s health topics.

For the funding opportunity tracks, the expected period of performance will be 24 months. The selected performers will work directly with an ARPA-H Program Manager (PM). They will receive an ARPA-H award contracted through the ARPA-H Investor Catalyst Hub.

What Is Spark?

Spark awards will focus on transformative early-stage research efforts aligned with Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 1-4 in the specific topics of interest in women’s health. Selected performers will receive an ARPA-H award of approximately $3M.

What Is Launchpad?

Launchpad awards aim to accelerate later-stage transformative health solutions reaching the public. The Launchpad performers will be at higher TRLs (5+) in the specific topics of interest in women’s health where they still require technical development but are poised to impact health outcomes in the short term. The Launchpad program and funding opportunity will help lower the barriers to successful commercial transition. Launchpad performers will work to mature and grow their businesses through structured education, public and private resources, and domain-specific mentorship resources. The Launchpad performers will receive an ARPA-H award of approximately $10M and will also work with a contracted Expert-in-Residence (XIR) or Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) with commercialization and technology transition experience, in addition to the PM.

Note: The connection between ARPA-H and an XIR or EIR is established through a Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA), where XIRs and EIRs serve as consultants under the intermediary’s agreement with ARPA-H.

Women’s Health Topics

The RFS invited Solution Summary submissions on the following six topics of interest in women’s health for either the Spark or Launchpad track.

  • Women’s Health Topic 01: Women’s Health at Home
  • Women’s Health Topic 02: Prioritizing Ovarian Health Through Mid-Life To Prevent Disease
  • Women’s Health Topic 03: ARTEMIS—Advancing Research Through Enhanced Models for Investigating the Influence of Sex Differences on Health Outcomes
  • Women’s Health Topic 04: Advancing Women’s Brain Health Via Lymphatic Targeting
  • Women’s Health Topic 05: Objective and Quantitative Measurement of Chronic Pain in Women
  • Women’s Health Topic 06: Wild Card: Revolutionary Breakthroughs in Women’s Health


While submissions outside of topics listed in the RFS will not be considered at this time, please visit the ARPA-H Programs page and Mission Office Innovative Solutions Openings page for additional research opportunities. If an existing ARPA-H program aligns with your area of pursuit, please consider applying to that program’s opportunities.

While the Sprint for Women’s Health submissions are closed, please visit the ARPA-H  Programs page,  Mission Office-Specific Innovative Solutions Openings, and Small Business Innovation Research solicitation for additional research opportunities. ARPA-H is also accepting Program Manager applications.

Multiple awards under this RFS are anticipated. Resources available will depend on the quality of the submissions received and the availability of funds. Exact award amounts depend on meeting aggressive milestones, typical to the ARPA-H model. ARPA-H is under no obligation to respond to every submission, proceed with any Solution Summaries/Pitch, or select any specific number of Solution Summaries/Pitch in each topic. A response to this RFS or invitation to pitch will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed.