The Gupta Family Endowed Prize for Innovation in ALS Care is an annual global prize to honor groundbreaking new approaches that lead to exceptional care for individuals living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The goal of this prize is to encourage idea sharing, innovation, and forward-thinking on scalable ongoing and groundbreaking projects that have directly improved ALS patient care. This annual prize is awarded to a nominated team who has developed promising new approaches to improving care for people living with ALS.

The Gupta Family Endowed Prize was established in 2021 at the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Mass General under the direction of Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, Chief of Neurology at Mass General. Learn more about the 2021 prize winners here.

Prize Criteria

There are no limits on the types of solutions to improve care. Examples of ALS care innovation include but are not limited to assistive technology, multidisciplinary care, communication and education, trials, nutrition.

  • The project nominated should be realized and ongoing as well as scalable to reach a larger group of people living with ALS within one year
  • Nominees should have a touchpoint with patients and/or caregivers
  • Nominations are accepted from all but preference will be given to projects led by junior investigators/teams/clinicians
  • Nominations do not have to be from an academic institution
  • We strongly discourage multiple nominations for the same team as one will suffice
  • While self-nominations are allowed, nominations by others are preferred

Selection

The awardees will be selected by members of the Gupta family, Healey Center Scientific Advisory Council, NEALS PEACe Committee and advisors who are living with ALS.

Timeline for Submission

Release Date: April 11, 2022

Nomination Due Date: May 27, 2022

Notification to successful candidate: June 2022

Presentation of award: 21st Annual NEALS Meeting, November 1 - 3, 2022

Download nomination form

Submit completed nomination form and supporting documents as a single PDF to healeycenterforals@mgh.harvard.edu.

Award: $20,000 USD and travel reimbursement up to $2,500 USD to attend Annual NEALS Meeting

Learn more about the Sean M. Healey and AMG Center for ALS.