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The risks we face are different today. BPA, PFAS, and microplastics are only the tip of the iceberg.

We're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, building a community that brings scientists, subject-matter experts, and everyday people together to address the most pressing risks to human health and the environment. Combining peer-review with the power of crowdsourcing, we empower the scientific community to conduct vital research at greater speed and scale.

Together, we have the potential to protect countless lives from preventable suffering.

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70%

of scientific research is funded and performed by industry.* But research that benefits big business is often at odds with the interests of the public.

Lifeguard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded to address this gap. Our platform enables independent scientists and experts to research underserved risks and answer the questions no one wants to ask uncovering breakthroughs that can truly benefit people, communities, and environments on a global scale.

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The risks are real and lives are on the line. If we don't work together to address these threats, who will? Lifeguard is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that connects independent scientists and subject matter experts with diverse skill sets, passions, and expertise to collaborate on high-impact research around real-world risks affecting us all. Together, we're building a vibrant community to forge a brighter future free from preventable dangers society faces today.

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Choose an issue that aligns with your knowledge, interests and expertise to perform breakthrough research that uncovers unforeseen risks to human health and the environment. Join a team or form your own to work alongside a collaborative group of experts.

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With every challenge, you'll have the chance to earn international recognition and monetary prizes for your team's important research. Plus, your work has the potential to protect lives.

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Ready to make the world a safer place? Explore a range of challenges based on emerging risks to our health, safety, and environment -- each with the potential for lifesaving breakthroughs. Explore our three challenge streams:

Scientific Investigation

What if we could stop "the next BPA" before it becomes a widespread danger?

Conduct scientific research to identify products, chemicals, or ingredients that may pose a risk to human health and safety.

Data Science

What if independent research has already identified a carcinogenic chemical, but we haven't connected the dots yet?

Analyze peer reviewed scientific literature on emerging risks using data science to uncover new insights.

Emerging Solutions

What if a viable solution to cleaning up microplastics is one breakthrough away?

Develop breakthrough solutions for detecting and cleaning up harmful chemicals and byproducts found in our food, water, and environment.