Please note that the details of this Challenge are no longer open. This challenge is awarded and is no longer accepting new submissions. You can:
Challenge Alternatives to Antibiotics: Prevention or Treatment of Food-producing Animals

Alternatives to Antibiotics: Prevention or Treatment of Food-producing Animals

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 175
Posted: Dec 20 2016
Challenge ID: 9933897
Team Project Rooms are available on this Challenge. Team Share Challenge Share

Antibiotics are the treatment of choice for bacterial infections in food-producing animals. However, they are not always found to be efficacious and their risks to public health call for alternatives that can replace them. 

The Seeker wishes to identify novel alternative approaches to replace the use of currently used antibiotics in the prevention and treatment of bacterial infections. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.



Mastitis is an inflammatory disease that affects livestock, resulting from bacterial infection of the mammary gland. It is a disease with high economic impact to farmers (ca. 20% of animals per year can be affected) and that poses a risk to human health. 

Currently, the mainstay of treatment for this infection is the use of a wide array of antibiotics. The use of currently available antibiotics has proven not to be completely efficient. Additionally, there is an increasing public health concern with the use of antibiotics and its consequences in increased antibiotic resistance. 

Therefore, the Seeker wants to identify alternative approaches for treatment or prevention of mastitis as well as other relevant bacterial infections of livestock. 

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 Seeker. The total payout will be $20,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $10,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 22, 2017. Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker 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.

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.

Share This Challenge