Mission Daybreak

A $20 million grand challenge to reduce Veteran suicides

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs calls on innovators to develop suicide prevention solutions that meet the diverse needs of Veterans.

About the challenge

Suicide is preventable, and we all have a part to play. Mission Daybreak is part of VA’s 10-year strategy to end Veteran suicide through a comprehensive, public health approach.

Suicide has no single cause, and no single strategy can end this complex problem. That’s why Mission Daybreak is fostering solutions across a broad spectrum of focus areas. A diversity of solutions will only be possible if a diversity of solvers — including Veterans, researchers, technologists, advocates, clinicians, health innovators, and service members — answer the call to collaborate and share their expertise.

Timeline

Mission Daybreak is a two-phase grand challenge. Phase 1 is open to all eligible solvers — including Veterans, researchers, technologists, advocates, clinicians, health innovators, and service members — to submit detailed concepts.

Challenge launch

May 25, 2022
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Submission deadline

July 8, 2022

Finalist announcement

August 2022

Phase 2 accelerator kickoff

September 6, 2022

Demo Day

November 2022

Winner announcement

November 2022

Awards

Phase 1 will award $8.5 million: 30 finalists will each receive $250,000 and advance to the Phase 2 accelerator, where they will gain exclusive access to tailored resources. An additional 10 teams will each receive a Promise Award of $100,000.

Phase 2 will award $11.5 million: Two first-place winners will each receive $3 million, three second-place winners will each receive $1 million, and five third-place winners will each receive $500,000.

TOTAL PRIZE POOL

$20 million

Awarded to 40 teams

Resources

Mission Daybreak has curated resources for solvers preparing Phase 1 submissions. Learn more about suicide prevention, Veteran experiences, VA’s work to date, and access an extensive collection of open data, surveys, and reports. Solvers are also encouraged to attend the virtual information session and technical webinars, and join the solver community.

 

This challenge supports and aligns with the priority goals and implementation principles of the White House strategy on Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide.

For more information on broader national efforts concerning mental health, visit FACT SHEET: President Biden to Announce Strategy to Address Our National Mental Health Crisis, As Part of Unity Agenda in his First State of the Union | The White House.

Are you a Veteran having thoughts of suicide or concerned about one?
Contact the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential 24/7 support: Dial 988 then press 1, text to 838255, or chat online.