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Challenge Novel Methods for Controlling Non-native Marine Species

Novel Methods for Controlling Non-native Marine Species

STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 185
Posted: Mar 26 2018
Challenge ID: 9934049
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The Seeker is looking for new and novel methods for locating, controlling and/or eradicating invasive marine species. Ideas can be new or utilize existing methods in a new or unique combination/adaptation.

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


Eradicating or controlling a population of invasive marine species are extremely difficult tasks. The large biological diversity and the limited time and visibility of working underwater are just some of the challenges. Many species have several life-history stages (some microscopic) that can be dispersed over broad areas making it hard to locate individuals and detect the effects of ongoing efforts. Adding to this, the social, environmental and economic impact of any methods used need to be carefully controlled and monitored.

A lot of work has been done, but new ideas are needed to make an impact given the difficulty of the tasks. The Seeker is looking for methods/technologies to help locate, control and/or eradicate invasive marine species. This can be new ideas alone or combined with existing methods.

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 $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000.
  • 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 May 10, 2018.

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.

About The Seeker:  The National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd. (NIWA) is the coordinating agency for this prize, with funding provided by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR) and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia (DPIRD).

NIWA is a research company owned by the New Zealand government whose mission is to conduct leading environmental science to enable the sustainable management of natural resources for New Zealand and the planet.

DAWR develops and implements policies and programmes to ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable, and supports the sustainable and productive management and use of rivers and water resources.

DPIRD is the Western Australian Government’s lead agency for primary industries and regional development.   DPIRD uses best knowledge and understanding of how to grow and protect our agricultural, fisheries and food industries and our regional communities. It has a key focus on Sustainability and Biosecurity, Industry and Economic Development and Strategy and Capability.

About the Collaborators:  This Challenge is part of an international scientific collaboration between NIWA, DAWR, DPIRD, Cawthron Institute, University of Waikato, Department of Fisheries & Oceans, Canada, and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Centre that is supported by the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment’s International Relationships Fund. All parties will contribute to various aspects of the Challenge such as design, technical review, judging, and promotion.

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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