The Market R&D Pilot Challenge awards up to six winners in four Host domains: clinical environments, community environments, consumer health and research and data.

Learn About the Challenge

The challenge website is the primary source for finding all information about the challenge, and will be updated regularly with the newest information. ONC held an informational webinar to provide details about the program and answer questions. Click here to listen to the webinar and see the slides.


Find a Match

Matchmaking events to help Innovators and Hosts connect to discuss potential pilots through in-person and virtual events were hosted nationwide. Potential applicants were not required to participate in this process in order to submit a proposal.

Interested Innovators and Hosts submitted an application form to be considered to participate in the facilitated matchmaking sessions. Hosts were matched with Innovators and they met in person. Innovators will be officially notified of these meetings prior to the sessions. We encouraged Innovators to reach out independently to health care service organizations and stakeholders for potential partnerships as well.

Submit Joint Proposal

A Host and an Innovator apply as a pair by submitting a joint pilot proposal. Applications without a Host or Innovator co-applicant are not accepted. A panel of expert judges will review proposals and select up to 6 winning proposals to each receive a $50,000 award. Winners were  announced on a webinar, you can view the recording here.

In addition to a description and budget of the pilot, the joint proposal requires general information about the Host and Innovator; description and demo video of the Innovator’s technology; and letters of intent from the Host and Innovator.

Winners: Prepare and Implement Pilot Project

Pilot planning and implementation support services will be provided over a series of webinars. The winners will then implement and run their pilot projects over a period of 6-9 months.

Issue Deliverable and Promote Results

Upon completion of the pilot, the winners will be required to issue a deliverable that contributes to the public knowledge base, such as a white paper or open data set, or to open technology, such as an API or open source tool. Winners will also have the opportunity to present their pilot projects at a major health event or conference.