All teams are invited to submit their design paper to enter the challenge.
Submit your submission for judges to evaluate and select solutions to advance into Phase 2.
Up to 7 teams selected to develop their proposed laboratory or diagnostic tests.
Individual USDA Expert Virtual Session
Collaborate and receive technical assistance from USDA scientists. The week for the training session will determined at a later date.
Challenge participants to obtain a permit by September 15, 2021 or identify a laboratory that has a permit and can receive regulated CWD samples.
USDA-APHIS delivers Phase 1 test samples to challenge participants
Challenge participants submit results by November 23, 2021 or 40 business days after receiving the control samples, whichever is latest.
USDA-APHIS delivers coded samples (id. Infection status not identified) to challenge participants within eight weeks of the request. The time frame will be dependent upon the availability of the requested sample type.
Challenge participants submit test results by February 15, 2022 or 40 business days after receiving the coded samples.