Would you like to help us shape the future of Bio/Agro Security?
In 2022, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate will open the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas. This state-of-the-art maximum biocontainment facility will offer leading-edge capabilities to help protect our food supply and the nation’s public health.
Without a smart strategy, a new laboratory facility may struggle to capitalize on the benefits of collaboration, innovation, talent and training that are necessary to support the mission over time. Simply put: it’s time for a new paradigm.
The aim of the prize competition is to seed development or implementation of unique ideas, fresh approaches or proven methods to jumpstart development of an instrument that enhances the NBAF’s role in shaping bio/agro security for the 21st century. The idea will result in enhancement to innovation, collaboration, training, and talent, therefore enhancing the NBAF mission.
Awarded entities or individuals will enter into a mutually beneficial agreement with the DHS S&T Directorate to take every reasonable effort to implement your business plan and provide periodic progress reports.
Prize Competition Winner(s) may opt for their Proposed Solution to be considered for a grant from the State of Kansas, administered by Kansas State University.
This Ideation Prize Competition requires a written proposal consisting of a business plan. The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is seeking individuals and entities with unique ideas and concepts to jump start the development of an innovation ecosystem focused on Bio/Agro Security. Innovation ecosystems typically consist of the people, institutions, policies and resources that promote the translation of new ideas into products, processes and services. This innovation ecosystem will support one of DHS’s major infrastructure investments: the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).
The NBAF is a future laboratory facility now under construction in Manhattan, Kansas, on the northwest corner of the Kansas State University campus. The NBAF will be a state-of the-art facility with all levels of biocontainment laboratories for the study of diseases that threaten both America’s animal agricultural industry and public health. The DHS vision for NBAF is that it will be a world-class connected research facility for large animal agricultural research, training and diagnostics. NBAF will be the first U.S. laboratory facility to provide a maximum biocontainment laboratory capable of housing cattle and other large livestock. NBAF will also feature a vaccine development area to augment its laboratory research and accelerate the transfer of new science and technology into the marketplace.
National laboratories often function as islands unto themselves, and do not always integrate into a larger innovation ecosystem. The aim of the innovation ecosystem is to maximize NBAF’s potential. This will be done through enhanced public/private sector cooperation and collaboration, leveraging stakeholder knowledge and capabilities, accelerating the speed of technology transfer, and enabling skilled training and talent development.
This innovation ecosystem will be strengthened by NBAF’s location, which places it within the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, the largest concentration of animal health companies in the world and in proximity to a network of organizations with veterinary, agricultural, and animal pharmaceutical expertise.
The aim of the prize competition is to seek novel approaches to build one or more pieces of the innovation ecosystem. The novel approach will result in enhancement to innovation, collaboration, training, and talent, therefore enhancing the NBAF mission. Cash prize(s) awarded from this competition are intended to seed development or implementation for the idea(s) and associated business plan(s) that provides the best solution to build one or more pieces of an innovation ecosystem that aligns to the needs of the NBAF mission.
Solvers may opt for their Proposed Solution to be considered for grants from the State of Kansas, administered by Kansas State University.
This is an Ideation Prize competition, which has the following unique features:
Submissions to this Prize competition must be received electronically by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 30, 2015. Late submissions will not be considered.
After the Prize competition deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regard 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.
Please review the terms in the Challenge Specific Agreement carefully.
About the Seeker
Technology and threats evolve rapidly in today’s ever-changing environment. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) monitors those threats and capitalizes on technological advancements at a rapid pace, developing solutions and bridging capability gaps at a pace that mirrors the speed of life. S&T’s mission is to deliver effective and innovative insight, methods and solutions for the critical needs of the Homeland Security Enterprise. Created by Congress in 2003, S&T conducts basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation activities relevant to DHS.
The following link is a video from the Seeker describing their prize competition.
Pursuant to the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Reauthorization Act of 2010 (The America COMPETES Act), 15 U.S.C. § 3719, awards for this Prize competition may only be given to an individual that is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States, or an entity that is incorporated in and whose primary place of business is in the United States, subject to verification by the Seeker before Prizes are awarded. Further restrictions apply – see Prize competition Specific Agreement and the Federal Register Notice for full eligibility details.
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.