Phase 1 was open to all eligible entrants, with winners exclusively invited to compete for prizes in future phases.


$10 million

Phase 1

10 winners received an equal share of the $1 million prize pool.

Phase 2

Up to five winners may receive a share of the up to $2 million prize pool, subject to availability of funds.

Future Phases

Future phases are expected to award up to $7 million in prizes, subject to availability of funds.

Advancing to future phases

Phases of the LymeX Diagnostics Prize following Phase 1 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 Cohen Foundation. Future prize pools are subject to the availability of funds.

Note: No future phases or prizes are guaranteed beyond Phase 1. Future phases may be launched at the discretion of HHS and Cohen Foundation, and any prize amounts beyond Phase 1 are anticipated and subject to future availability of funds.