This Challenge sponsored by the Scientists Without Borders
is looking for low-cost, easily-implementable and scalable methods that enable women of child-bearing age in developing countries to easily and conveniently fortify or supplement staple foods with folic acid at home or at the community level in order to improve women's health, and reduce the high rates of infant mortality and birth defects.
This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following specific features:
- There is a guaranteed award. The awards will be paid for the best submissions as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout may reach $10,000, of which at least $5,000 will be paid to the best submission. Additional awards may be made for the next best submissions with no award being smaller than $1,000.
- The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Scientists Without Borders. Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to Scientists Without Borders a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to practice the idea submitted for this Challenge.
- By allowing Scientists Without Borders to practice or develop the idea, the Solver is in no way limited or precluded from also providing the idea to others for use or development, and Scientists Without Borders does not take ownership of the solution from the Solver. Indeed, if appropriate or feasible, Scientists Without Borders remains open to working with the Solver to further develop the Winning Solution.
The Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision after the challenge deadline. All Solvers that provide a submission will be notified about the status of their submission; however, no
detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.