Phase 1 was open to all eligible entrants, with winners exclusively invited to compete for prizes in future phases. Thanks to a pledge to the LymeX Diagnostics Prize from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, $10 million in LymeX prizes are projected to be available across all potential competition phases.


$10 million

Phase 1

10 winners were awarded $100,000 each from the $1 million prize pool.

Phase 2

Up to five winners will receive a share of the $2 million Phase 2 prize pool.

Future Phases

Future phases are expected to award significant additional prizes, subject to availability and approval of funds.

Advancing to future phases

Phases of the LymeX Diagnostics Prize following Phase 2 will likely be open exclusively to winners of the preceding phase. In future phases, the competition will provide technical assistance and additional non-monetary resources — for example, mentorship, government feedback, networking opportunities — to help entrants accelerate and develop their solutions.

Note: Details of future phases, including eligibility to participate in future phases and receive non-monetary awards, are subject to change at the discretion of HHS and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. Future prize pools are subject to the availability of funds.

Note: No future phases or prizes are guaranteed beyond Phase 2. Future phases may be launched at the discretion of HHS and Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, and any future prize amounts are subject to future availability and approval of funds.