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Challenge What Should We Know to Better Treat Coronavirus?

What Should We Know to Better Treat Coronavirus?

Award: $2,500 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 463
Posted: Mar 24 2020
Challenge ID: 9934287
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This Challenge is asking InnoCentive Solvers to formulate well-defined problems aimed at advancing our knowledge about Coronavirus. One could think of this as what might we have known that would have allowed us to respond more effectively against COVID-19.

This is an Ideation Challenge run by InnoCentive as Seeker with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution. 


This Challenge is asking InnoCentive Solvers to formulate well-defined problems or hypotheses aimed at advancing our knowledge about Coronavirus. This is a somewhat unusual Ideation Challenge in the sense that the Solvers are not expected to provide a solution to any problem. Rather, they have to define problems or areas requiring further exploration and research. Ideal problems are those whose eventual solution will greatly expand our knowledge of Coronavirus. Once formulated, the proposed problems will form the basis of new research projects offered to CDC/WHO/NIH for their consideration. 

Still being an Ideation Challenge, it has the following distinct features: 

  1. The Seeker guarantees paying at least $500 in total awards. This means that your submission does not necessarily need to be perfect – it just needs to be better than others for you to win an award. And we anticipate paying up to five awards.
  2. You are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker. Rather, by submitting your proposal, you grant the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive license to redistribute your idea submitted for this challenge to certain health/government entities and by extension allow them also the non-exclusive right to practice your idea or to fund labs which are also allowed to practice the idea.  The non-exclusive grant still allows you to further the idea in any way for your own considerations.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on May 24, 2020. 
Late submissions will not be considered.

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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