The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is partnering with the nation’s top pork and dairy producers, U.S. Department of Agriculture, World Wildlife Fund, and environmental and scientific experts to host the Nutrient Recycling Challenge—a competition to find affordable technologies to recycle nutrients from livestock waste and create valuable products.
The goals are to:
In addition to the guaranteed monetary award for this Challenge, Solvers may be provided with multiple types of opportunities to publicize their submissions, if they choose.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
EPA has partnered with pork and dairy producers, USDA, and environmental and scientific experts to launch the Nutrient Recycling Challenge—a competition to develop affordable technologies that recycle nutrients from livestock manure.
Every year, livestock producers manage over a billion tons of manure, which contains valuable nutrients—nitrogen and phosphorus—that plants need to grow. Scientists and engineers are already building technologies that can recover nutrients, but further development is needed to make them more effective and affordable. The Nutrient Recycling Challenge will harness the power of competition to find solutions that are a win-win for farmers, the environment, and the economy.
Challenge entrants will develop technologies that extract nutrients from manure to generate products with environmental and economic benefits that farmers can use or sell. During the four-phase competition, innovators will turn their concepts into designs and, eventually, into working technologies that livestock farms can use in pilot projects. Phase I, which runs from November 16, 2015 through January 15, 2016, calls for papers outlining ideas for these technologies. Phase I prizes will be announced in March and include up to $20,000 cash to be split between up to four semi-finalists; invitation to a two-day partnering and investor summit in Washington, DC; and entry into subsequent phases of the challenge with larger awards.
This is a special Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 15, 2016.
Late submissions will not be considered.
After the Challenge deadline, the judging panel appointed by the Seekers will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
ABOUT THE SEEKERS
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:
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.