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

Total prize pool

$9.8 million


Phase 1

Eight winners received an equal share of the $800,000 prize pool.


Phase 2

Four Phase 2 winners received an equal share of the $4 million prize pool and were exclusively invited to participate in Phase 3.


Phase 3

Interim prizes are up to $200,000 each, with a total interim prize pool of up to $1 million. After distribution of interim prizes, the remainder of the $5 million Phase 3 prize pool will be awarded to a first-place winner, second-place winner, and a third-place winner at 62.5%, 25%, and 12.5%, respectively, of the remaining pool.

Advancing to future phases

Phases 2 and 3 of the Neuromod Prize will be open exclusively to the winners named in Phase 1. In Phases 2 and 3, the competition provides technical assistance and additional non-monetary resources — for example, mentorship, government feedback, networking opportunities — to help teams accelerate and develop their solutions.


Note: eligibility to participate in future phases and receive non-monetary awards is subject to change at the discretion of NIH. Future prize pools are subject to the availability of funds.