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NIBIB Launches DEBUT Competition

Students hold a discussion over a microscope. "DEBUT" is written in dark blue letters in the upper right corner, with an orange line running parallel to and above the letters.

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell, with support from several other NIH institutes and centers, have launched the 2024 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge, a competition that recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation. 

The annual challenge encourages student teams to develop medical technology to address unmet needs in any area of health care. Strong DEBUT submissions will demonstrate a mastery of analytical and design skills and capabilities; the ability to manage the product development process; the ability to work effectively in teams; and technical communication skills. 

Submissions will be judged on these criteria:

  •  Significance of the problem being addressed
  •  Impact of proposed solution on potential users and clinical care
  •  Innovative design
  •  Working prototype

Additional prizes will be awarded to entries that also demonstrate:

  •  Market potential and economic feasibility
  •  Patentability

Deadline for submission is Friday, May 31. All applications must be submitted online. Winners will be announced on Aug. 26. To see submission guidelines, visit:

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