Long-Term Corrosion Protection of Existing Hydraulic Steel Structures – Stage 1
How can we protect steel structures from corrosion in water for fifty or more years without significant maintenance or replacement of the protection method?
The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking long term corrosion protection for large, hydraulic steel structures beyond the protection provided by available coatings and cathodic protection. The structures of interest for this prize competition are hydroelectric penstock pipes and gates that control or divert water. The goal is fifty years of corrosion protection with minimal maintenance and low cost of installation.
This Challenge launches Stage 1 of a planned two-stage Challenge. Stage 2 is envisioned as a Reduction to Practice Challenge in which participants demonstrate their technology in lab- and field-scale evaluations.
Challenge Orientation Video: Subject matter experts from Reclamation and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers discuss the need for improved corrosion protection methods https://youtu.be/BO8rmFOFhsw.
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The Seeker is looking to prevent the migration of an amine through a film under harsher than normal conditions (e.g. high temperature). Solutions could take the form of a film change/treatment, a substitute for the amine or anything else that could prevent migration without losing qualities of the product.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
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.
Preventing Rodent Burrows in Earthen Embankments
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.
Challenge Orientation Video
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 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 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).
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects millions of individuals in the United States and many more worldwide. Fortunately, an effective non-surgical treatment exists in the form of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device used while sleeping. Unfortunately, adherence to the use of a CPAP for people diagnosed with OSA lies in the 40-50% range despite past efforts to improve devices and educate patients. The Seeker is looking for innovative solutions for increasing adherence to CPAP treatment for OSA. Solutions may take a wide range of approaches to address the psychological, physical, or comfort issues faced by people who should be using a CPAP but are not.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
The SUDEP Institute Challenge: Developing Predictive Biomarkers of SUDEP
Nearly 3 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy, a neurological condition which affects the nervous system and causes seizures. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime, with 150,000 new cases annually in the United States. Nearly 80% of the people with epilepsy live in low- and middle-income countries and three-quarters of these individuals do not get the treatment they need.
Among those living with epilepsy, nearly one-third have ongoing seizures despite existing therapies. Each year, more than 1 out of 1,000 people with epilepsy die from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). If seizures are uncontrolled, the risk of SUDEP increases to more than 1 out of 150. SUDEP is the leading cause of death in young adults with uncontrolled seizures.
In order to accelerate the identification of effective treatments for SUDEP, the Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute is sponsoring a Reduction to Practice Challenge to develop a predictive biomarker or panel of biomarkers to identify people at risk for SUDEP or seizures that compromise cardiac or respiratory function. The biomarker(s) must serve as an endpoint or surrogate endpoint that will drive human SUDEP interventions. For example, the biomarker(s) may identify a high risk patient group that could be used to test existing candidate interventions such as seizure detection devices.
Milestone 1 requires a detailed Project Plan of the proposed solution. Milestone 2 involves the production of proof-of-concept data. Milestone 3 requires results that demonstrate the predictive efficacy of the biomarker(s). The SUDEP Institute intends to make up to 10 awards from a total award pool of $100,000 for Milestone 1, up to 4 awards of $25,000 each for Milestone 2, and a final award at least $800,000 for successful completion of Milestone 3.
Solvers are encouraged to enter this Challenge even if they were not involved in The SUDEP Institute Challenge: Predictive Biomarkers of Epilepsy – Challenge 9933719. Participants from the previous Challenge may elect to expound upon their (winning) solution or pursue another idea. Solvers should note that the Center for SUDEP Research (CSR) is an NIH-funded research collaborative studying animal models of SUDEP and epilepsy patients who may be at high risk for SUDEP. Solvers may contact the CSR at email@example.com to request data and/or biospecimens to be used in the execution of a Solution. Another resource that Solvers may access is through the North American SUDEP Registry.
This is a Reduction to Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and biomarker validation data.
Aluminum sulfate Al2(SO4)3 is used as a coagulant in a water treatment process to obtain clarified water. The clarified water is further directed to demineralization (for feed boilers). While aluminum sulfate is effective in achieving the desired result, its use is associated with unacceptably high aluminum content in wastewater (> 0.04 mg/dm3 soluble aluminum). The Seeker for this Challenge is looking for an effective coagulant/process to cost-effectively treat the water without the negative side effect of high aluminum content in the effluent water.
Currently, it is possible to process high starch to protein ratio food like corn, rice and wheat to expand and “puff-up” the material to make a crunchy texture in a shape similar to the original. These processes do not work on low starch to protein ratio, more dense, high fiber and oily food materials like seeds and nuts. The Seeker would like to find processes that could accomplish this expansion on such more nutritious foods that are relatively higher in protein, fiber and fat than commonly expandable starchy grains and seeds.
Current methods to recover sulfates from wastewater streams are limited in their capability to work in challenging industrial conditions and/or to generate a new revenue stream from the recovered sulfates. Hence, SUEZ is looking for a solution to solve these two limitations.
The Seeker is looking for an alternative humectant than those traditionally used in the food industry. They need materials and processes to be food safe. Ingredients would be preferably natural and considered “clean label”.