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CHALLENGING NUTRIENTS: Transformative Strategies for Reducing Excess Nutrients in Waterways

TAGS:Environment Public Good Clean Tech Life Sciences Engineering/Design Food/Agriculture Physical Sciences Chemistry
STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 295
POSTED: 11/01/13

Nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread, costly, and challenging environmental problems; finding a solution to this problem is critical to preserving aquatic ecosystems and ensuring drinking water quality. Accordingly, the Seekers are requesting inputs to identify bold and innovative, next-generation ideas leading to a fundamental change in the way we manage or recover nutrients – nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P).  These solutions need not be completely developed.  The Seeker welcomes novel proposals, descriptions of exploratory research, or small-scale pilot projects with great potential for broader impact. A key consideration for this Challenge is to address barriers to implementation of the proposed solutions.

In addition to the guaranteed Awards for this Challenge, top submissions to this Challenge will contribute to important discussions in this field. These discussions are being convened by a partnership of US Federal Agencies and other stakeholders.   

 

Source: InnoCentive
Challenge ID: 9933112
 
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Challenge Overview

Nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems.  Nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphorus, come from a variety of sources, including agricultural and urban runoff, sewage treatment plants and septic systems, and fossil fuel combustion.  Nitrogen and phosphorus are necessary for crop and plant growth, but excess runoff and leaching can lead to drinking water contamination, harmful algal blooms and fish kills. These effects of nutrient pollution have significant impacts to human health, recreation and the economy. The Seekers for this Challenge recognize that solving this problem is critical to preserving aquatic ecosystems, ensuring drinking water quality, and sustaining agriculture production.

Accordingly this Challenge seeks to identify the next generation of solutions to address this intractable problem. The Seekers are requesting inputs to identify bold and innovative ideas leading to a fundamental change in the way we manage or recover nutrients – nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P).   These solutions need not be completely developed, but we welcome descriptions of novel proposals, exploratory research or small-scale pilot projects with great potential for broader impact. A key consideration for this Challenge is to address barriers to implementation of the proposed solutions.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed Award – The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seekers. The total payout will be $15,000, with no award being smaller than $5,000.
  • Intellectual Property – Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seekers.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grant to the Seekers a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seekers will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

Top submissions to this Challenge will contribute to important discussions in this field.  These discussions are being convened by a partnership of US Federal Agencies and other stakeholders:

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

U.S. Geological Survey

Tulane University

Everglades Foundation

What is InnoCentive?
InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements. What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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