The ALS Association


Communication is an area in need of immediate improvement to ensure quality of life for individuals living with ALS. The aim of the ALS Assistive Technology Challenge Program by The ALS Association and Prize4Life is to accelerate the development of assistive technology to enable ALS patients at varying levels of disability - including complete paralysis - to communicate freely and with ease. Solutions may include hardware or software development that enables communication without relying on either limb movement or speech. Examples include eye movement tracking and Brain Machine Interface based on diverse neural signals.

Relevant solutions should be:

  • Effective and innovative beyond currently available technologies
  • Easy to use and adaptive to the diverse and changing needs of individuals with ALS, including patients with no limb movement or speech capabilities;
  • Cost effective and affordable
  • Accessible to patients as much as possible (i.e., can be used in a wide range of places and situations, are portable and easy to manipulate)
  • Scalable within a reasonable timeline

PHASE I Communication’s Challenge

BUDGET: A maximum of $50,000 / Up to 10% indirect costs.

Please complete the Letter of Intent form and send to Please indicate in the email subject line and body of the message ALS Assistive Technology Challenge.

Application Receipt Dates:

Brief study outline: November 9, 2015

Request to submit full application: December 14, 2015

Submission of full application: January 15, 2016

Notification of award: March 2016

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