The Horizon Prize 2022


MIT Solve


The Horizon Prize, powered by MIT Solve, seeks technology-based solutions that use data to help rare disease patients get the right care faster and more accurately. To that end, this Challenge seeks solutions that:

  • Leverage big data and analytics to improve the detection and diagnosis of rare diseases
  • Address the unjust and disproportionate burden of rare diseases faced by disinvested communities and historically underrepresented identity groups
  • Promote community and connection among rare disease patients and their advocates
  • Unlock collaboration among patients, scientists, and health care providers to improve patient outcomes

Solutions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment: Solution uses technology to address one of Solve's Global Challenges.
  • Potential for Impact: Solution implementation has the potential to impact lives.
  • Feasibility: Solution implementation is feasible, and the team has a plan for financial sustainability.
  • Inclusive Human-Centered Design: Solution is designed with and for underserved communities; the solution team demonstrates proximity to the community, and embodies and addresses diversity, equity, and inclusion through their solution.
  • Innovative Approach: Solution includes a new technology, a new application of technology, a new business model, or a new process for solving the Challenge.
  • Scalability: Solution can be scaled to affect the lives of more people.

Program details and timeline are not yet confirmed. This information will be updated when the program launches.


Up to $150,000 in prize funding is available for up to two solution teams selected for The Horizon Prize. 

Finalists will be invited to pitch their solutions to a panel of distinguished judges in September 2022. 

Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Solutions must be submitted on the MIT Solve website by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the solution and a completed OR-5 to

Please notify if you have submitted a solution.

How to Apply

Solutions must be submitted on the MIT Solve website by the external deadline. Please also submit a copy of the solution and a completed OR-5 to by the external deadline.

Please notify if you have submitted a solution.

For More Information

For additional information please visit the MIT Solve website or contact

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