Study challenge seeks ResearchKit app proposals

Researchers and scientists seeking to study mood and behavior using apps are welcome to submit proposals under a new program called Mood Challenge for ResearchKit. The effort, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will provide study finalists with funding, as well as mentoring and pilot support. Semifinalists and finalists will be required to share developments to the open source community for use in future ResearchKit studies.

"We think platforms like ResearchKit have the potential to revolutionize how research is conducted, and we're launching this competition to help explore that," said RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, in an announcement.

Researchers can submit study proposals through May 22. Five semifinalists will each receive $20,000 and the opportunity to develop proposals into app designs via the Virtual Accelerator program. Of those five, two finalists will be chosen and receive $100,000. A final winner will be chosen to receive $200,000. Further details on the program can be viewed at the program website. Announcement