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ASPIRE Design Challenge

Under NIH's HEAL Initiative, NCATS developed A Specialized Platform for Innovative Research Exploration (ASPIRE) to aid in the discovery and development of novel and effective treatments, while at the same time making the process faster and more cost-effective. The goal of the inaugural ASPIRE Design Challenges is to design innovative and catalytic approaches towards solving the opioid crisis through development of next-generation addictive-free analgesics with new chemistries, data-mining and analysis tools and technologies, as well as biological assays that will revolutionize discovery, development and pre-clinical testing of new and safer treatments of pain, opioid use disorder (OUD), and overdose. 

ASPIRE is accepting applications until May 31. Program information can be found here. Interested parties can watch an informational video here.