GSK and Save the Children are committed to working together to help save the lives of one million children. As part of the global partnership between GSK and Save the Children, we are pleased to announce the launch of the fourth annual Healthcare Innovation Award which will provide USD$ 1 million to reward organisations practicing innovative approaches for increasing and improving access to healthcare for children who are the hardest to reach. The organisations judged to extend the reach of health systems in the most innovative and effective ways will be eligible for an Award of up to USD$ 400,000.
Eligible innovative organisations can come from the non-profit, private or public sector, if both the organisation and the innovation are from the developing world. Nominations can be submitted by the organisation themselves, or an organisation may be nominated by a third-party organisation or individual, through a brief questionnaire found within the detailed guidelines.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933899
Indirect Estimates of Reservoir Water Storage
Water storage in reservoirs behind dams is a vital component for water management, and the amount available defines the delivery of benefits from reservoirs. Available water storage, over time, decreases as sediment deposition occurs, thus decreasing the capacity for storage. This sediment deposition, known as sedimentation, also adversely affects reservoir infrastructure operation and maintenance such as outlet works and water intakes. Assessing the loss of storage capacity currently is an expensive and time consuming process performed directly by in-field surveys.
The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is seeking a cost effective method to indirectly estimate the storage capacity and/or sediment volume (storage loss) in reservoirs.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, source code, and delivery of an executable application.
Challenge Orientation Video
Subject matter experts from the Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have provided this short video discussing the problem of sediment accumulation and the resulting loss of water reservoir storage capacity:
This web site is hosted by a private entity and is not a service of the Bureau of Reclamation or the Department of the Interior (DOI). The solicitation and collection of your personal or individually identifiable information is subject to the host’s privacy and security policies and will not be shared with Reclamation or DOI unless you win the Challenge. Challenge winners’ personally identifiable information must be made available to Reclamation in order to collect an award. Please consult the Challenge Specific Agreement.
This Challenge is being conducted by the Seeker under the authority of 15 USC 3719, as amended, which states that cash prize purse awards for this Prize Competition may only be given to an individual that is a citizen or 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.
However, submissions can be entertained from all Solvers regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens/entities. Meritorious submissions from non-eligible persons and entities, if any, will be recognized in publications issued by the Seeker announcing the results of the competition, such as press releases. Non-U.S citizens/permanent residents or non-U.S entities can also be included on U.S. teams and are eligible to receive non-cash prize awards, if any. However, cash prize purses will only be awarded to persons and entities eligible to receive cash prize purses under the authority of 15 USC 3719, as amended.
Full eligibility details and other restrictions are detailed in the Challenge Specific Agreement.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933766
Viridis Learning Challenge: New Approaches to Improve Employment Outcomes from Career and Technical Education
Career and technical education (CTE) is a term used to describe schools, institutions, and programs that specialize in the applied sciences, modern technologies, skilled trades, and career preparation. Also known as vocational education programs, students are offered opportunities to gain work experience and job-specific skills while also taking traditional academic courses. CTE is just one of many pathways to success, yet employers are still finding it difficult to identify qualified individuals to hire. Viridis Learning believes that stakeholders must be brought together to share data and automate recruitment of candidates each with verified (or verifiable) knowledge, skills, and ability. Thus, they seek new approaches and insights to better address the nation’s skills gap.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933845
LIFTed Prize 2017 – Innovation in Postsecondary Learning
Postsecondary learning is increasingly acknowledged as essential for realizing the American dream as more and more opportunities are geared toward highly skilled workers. To close the national talent gap, Lumina Foundation is working towards an equitable, accessible, responsive, and accountable higher education system to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025.
This Challenge requires organizations to submit a completed Application Form, outlining how their entity has a positive impact upon postsecondary attainment in the United States, or how they could transfer their current model to help reach Goal 2025. Entries will be narrowed down to three finalists, who will be invited to a live pitching event at the Inaugural LIFTed Convening from May 11-12, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. Beyond the award, this prize competition offers an opportunity for visibility and networking with industry leaders.
This Challenge requires the submission of a completed Application Form.
ALERT: New deadline is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on April 2, 2017.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933973
Arsenic Sensor Challenge – Stage 1
This Challenge seeks to identify new or improved sensors, devices, or test kits to test for arsenic in water within natural and engineered systems. Solutions must improve on the current arsenic measurement methods. Areas of needed improvement include: performance, ease of use, reduction in hazardous waste production, data interpretation, and cost. This is Stage 1 of a planned two-stage Challenge, with the second stage consisting of a prototype demonstration and a larger prize purse. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is the Seeker for this Challenge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Xylem, Inc., the Indian Health Service, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Agricultural Research Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey collaborated with Reclamation on various aspects of this Challenge.
This web site is hosted by a private entity and is not a service of Reclamation, Xylem, EPA, or the Department of the Interior (DOI). The solicitation and collection of your personal or individually identifiable information is subject to the host’s privacy and security policies and will only be shared with Reclamation if you win the Challenge. Challenge winners’ personally identifiable information must be made available to Reclamation in order to collect an award. Please consult the Challenge-Specific Agreement.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933765
More Water Less Concentrate – Stage 1
The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking innovative solutions to expand usable water supplies by maximizing fresh water production from inland desalination systems in a cost effective and environmentally sound manner. Currently, significant and desirable water supplies are trapped in concentrate streams that are a byproduct of desalination technologies. The cost to manage or dispose of concentrate is rather large and very limiting to utilization of desalination in inland applications. Solutions can be novel technologies or approaches that build upon existing technologies. Solutions should address one of the following objectives, 1) ways to improve overall system recovery of existing desalination technologies, 2) ways to treat concentrate streams to extract additional useable water and thus to increase overall system recovery, or 3) new high recovery desalination technologies or processes that increase overall system recovery beyond current desalination technologies.
This Challenge launches Stage 1 of a planned three-stage Grand Challenge that culminates in a technology demonstration within a field-test setting.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933762
Overcoming Key Burden Factors of Patient Participation in Clinical Trials
Deciding to participate in a clinical trial is a complex decision that requires a patient to weigh the pros and cons of potential medical benefit vs. the unknown risks of side effects plus the time, effort and commitment needed to comply with the study protocol. Once in a clinical trial, the burdens of participation may lead to excessive physical and mental stress, which can adversely affect the patient’s well-being and could cause him or her to drop out of a trial prematurely or prevent him or her from enrolling in additional studies. Allergan is committed to improving the patient experience and therefore desires new approaches to overcome key burdens associated with clinical trial participation.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933940
In a recent monthly report, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tallied 5.4 million job openings as of August 2016. While an increase in job opportunities is good news for the unemployed, employers face continued difficulty identifying and hiring potential candidates with skills sufficient to fill these vacancies. The resulting skills gap represents a key challenge to a thriving American economy. Credly, Lumina Foundation, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the American Council on Education (ACE) seek new approaches to utilize digital credentials to connect qualified individuals with available opportunities and bridge the skills gap.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933844
The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Colorado Department of Natural Resources Dam Safety Branch, and various water irrigation districts that operate federal canals, is seeking new ideas for cost-effective ways to prevent rodents from burrowing into the earthen embankments of dams, canals, and levees. These burrows cause seepage paths in the embankment system which can lead to structural failures that endanger water supplies, cause property damage and endanger the lives of nearby populations. Many of the more traditional and “intuitive” methods have been tried with little success to date. We are hoping the Solver community can “dig deeper” than the rodents to find creative and effective solutions to this Challenge.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Subject matter experts from the Bureau of Reclamation and Boise Project Board of Control have provided this short video discussing the rodent burrows in earthen embankments problem: https://youtu.be/CY8TeSlT16o
This Challenge is being conducted under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (15 U.S.C. § 3719). The America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 states that awards for this Prize Competition may only be given to an individual that is a citizen or 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 the Challenge Specific Agreement and the Federal Register Notice for full eligibility details.
Note: Submissions can be entertained from all Solvers regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens/entities. Meritorious submissions from non-eligible persons and entities, if any, will be recognized in publications issued by the Seeker announcing the results of the competition, such as press releases. However, prizes — whether monetary or otherwise — may not be awarded to non-eligible persons and under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (15 USC 3719).
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933763
In a world where postsecondary education is essential for being competitive in the job market, less than 40% of adults reach this level of attainment. The statistics are particularly troubling for first in family learners, under-resourced, and lower-income students, military veterans, and adult learners returning to college. For some, life simply gets in the way. For many, a small amount of money will keep students from achieving their dream of college completion. Can we bridge the gap for these individuals while giving universities a better understanding of the persistence probability of the students who are requesting supports? BridgeEdU believes that data-driven emergency financing is an important key and they seek a method to define a new metric to determine which students could benefit the most.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933843
Earlier this year, the American Heart Association (AHA), in partnership with Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), conducted a Challenge to hear patients' insights on how health decisions related to heart disease and stroke were made. After patients identified many areas of uncertainty, we are now turning to researchers and clinicians to address several of them through refinement into comparative effectiveness research questions that could benefit from precision medicine approaches. This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for four submitters.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933836