NCATS Rare Diseases 2018 Detailed Submission Requirements

Solution Due Dates: Noon ET September 30, 2018 - Noon ET October 28, 2018

Please follow the instructions below to submit your entry.

Registration Process for Participants

To participate in the NCATS Rare Diseases are Not Rare! Challenge, every participant, whether an individual or member of a team, must first register. Participants may access the registration and submission platform at by searching for “NCATS Rare Diseases are Not Rare!".

To submit a solution on, please paste a brief summary into the “Description” box.

When submitting an entry, please note:

The contents of submissions will be hidden from all others on Only the agency Challenge managers will see this content.

All participants submitting entries must agree to the Terms and Conditions. Please review the detailed rules and information and then check the “agree to terms & conditions” box while submitting a solution on

Use any format you choose, provided it supports the type of submission – be as creative and original as possible. Appropriate types of submissions (communication vehicles) include, but are not limited to, songs, poems, paintings, dramatic readings, mimes, puppets, posters, comics, animations, photos/collages or names.

Each entry for this Challenge requires a complete “Submission Package.” The Submission Package includes a cover letter and the communication vehicle.

Cover Letter

The cover letter must be written in English and observe the page limit (1 page), page dimension (8.5 x 11 inches), font size (11 point or greater), and margin (1 inch) requirements.

In the Cover Letter:

  1. Describe how your submission provides a solution to the Challenge (i.e.,how your entry addresses the problem).
  2. Explain why you selected the type of communication vehicle.
  3. Describe the target audience and suggest means of disseminating the entry.

Communication Vehicle

Follow all instructions at to submit the material. Care should be given to select and upload the appropriate file types and formats. Note the following:

File types are accepted on the platform:

  • Images: .jpg/.jpeg, .gif, .bmp, .png
  • Microsoft Office: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pps, .ppsx, .xls, .xlsx
  • PDF: .pdf, .ps
  • Open Office: .odt, .odp, .sxw, .sxi, etc. 
  • Text: .txt, .rtf
  • Audiovisual: .swf, .flv, .mp4, .avi, .mpeg

Videos are limited to 2 minutes duration. Videos can be embedded in submissions via HapYak and YouTube; alternatively, videos can also be submitted by inserting a link to an external video.

The maximum file size, indicated on the submission form, is currently set at 100MB.

Note: You must not use the logo or official seal of HHS or the logo of NIH or NCATS in the entries and must not claim federal government endorsement.