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.
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.
Preservatives are substances that are added to products to prevent them from spoiling. These chemicals work by retarding microbial growth and preventing product degradation. In addition to being used in foods, preservatives are added to household and personal care products. Due to concerns about the safety of some preservatives that have been in wide use, and the impact of repeated contact with these chemicals on human health, the Seekers desire new and effective preservatives or preservative boosters with improved environmental health and safety profiles for use in personal care and household products.
The Seekers are looking for submissions on:
Broad spectrum or single action chemical agents on gram-positive bacteria, gram-negative bacteria, yeast, and mold
Preservative boosters (optimizers or potentiators)/multi-functional ingredients that have a primary non-preserving function, yet enhance antimicrobial efficacy
The Seekers expect to award 3 – 5 cash prizes from a prize pool of $175,000, with a minimum single prize award of $25,000. No awards are guaranteed unless the submissions meet or exceed the criteria.
The Seekers have a preference for broad spectrum solutions and intend to award higher amounts to submissions that demonstrate activity addressing two or more of the following: gram positive bacteria, gram negative bacteria, mold, yeast.
Up to 5 finalists will be invited to present their technologies at a meeting in February or March 2018 in the United States (with funding provided to offset some travel costs) and to network with representatives from consumer product companies and preservative suppliers.
All Solvers who submit to this Challenge will gain visibility and receive feedback on their technologies. A Solver does not have to be a finalist in order to be afforded these opportunities. Furthermore, companies (listed below) may be interested in partnering on joint development of, investment in, and/or licensing promising technologies.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and experimental proof-of-concept data.
The solution is a field-ready prototype system that includes one central data receiving unit and at least two sensor nodes measuring fine particulate matter (PM2.5), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), and carbon dioxide (CO2) that communicates data wirelessly and measures a wide dynamic range of concentration levels expected during wildland fires. The prototype system should be accurate, lightweight, and easy to operate, enabling first responders, states and nearby communities to easily measure wildland fire smoke exposure. In addition to the potential award, all Solvers providing prototypes will directly receive information on their system’s laboratory test results as well as qualitative feedback by air monitoring experts. If the system proves to be reliable and useful, deployment of a larger-scale sensor network is anticipated as part of follow-up projects measuring smoke impacts during wild and prescribed fires. This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires delivery of a written preview of the solution, followed by a prototype system with supporting documentation.
The ability to manually ingest information and produce and report useful intelligence gained from that information is used within a number of disciplines to include the business world as well as within governments worldwide. This is typically performed by analysts who must sift through vast amounts of information and generate reports containing actionable intelligence, but imagine if these reports could be generated by machines. Imagine how much time could be saved and devoted to thinking, understanding and acting on the intelligence rather than just generating it.
The Seekers, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI), are interested in determining just how far along we are toward achieving the goal of machine-generated finished intelligence. This Challenge will pose a representative question to be answered by respondents using a completely automated system to sift through text reports and generate a finished intelligence product. ODNI and OUSD(I) do NOT seek any rights in the systems used to generate the product and only wish to assess the state of the art in the area of machine-generated intelligence. Systems capable of winning this Challenge will be of use not just within the intelligence community, but across government agencies and the business world.
A total of $500,000 is available for awards in multiple categories, including a top award of $100,000 for the best overall submission and $30,000 in Early STEM Education awards for high school student team submissions. Subject to the availability of funds, the top overall Solvers may be invited to an ODNI-hosted Program Finale Meeting, where they will participate in an interactive gathering to share best practices, collaborate, and facilitate continuing Solver community cohesion.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and delivery of output from the Solver’s automated system. Solvers with the highest ranking submissions will be required to provide source code for the system to be run by the Seekers on a validation question for final validation of winners. Solvers will not be required to provide source code unless their submission is chosen for the validation stage of the Challenge.
Delamination occurs when there is a detachment of the top layer or coating layer of carton board and can be seen after the printing step in the form of bubbles on the carton board surface or a large scale detachment of the carton board cover layer – when this happens, the product is downgraded to waste.
The Seeker is looking for strongly effective methods to eliminate the risk of delamination of the cartonboard during printing processes.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires submission of written documentation. The Seeker will perform experimental validation of proposed solutions in order to determine the award.
Vaccinations are recommended for people of all ages as a means to prevent infectious diseases by helping the body’s defenses mount an immune response to known pathogens. Many vaccines are produced in chicken eggs with a manufacturing process that has been used for decades. Although high yields are reliably produced, this method is time consuming and expensive, requiring a large number of eggs. Therefore, the Seeker desires a novel approach for culturing viruses in immortalized cell substrates.
The Challenge has a special award structure. A solution proven to be viable for more than one virus will be eligible for multiple awards of $100,000 each.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and sample delivery.
Skillful sub-seasonal weather and climate forecasting has proven to be particularly difficult but is of great interest to water managers. Sub-seasonal forecasting, spanning approximately 15 to 45 days in the future, is difficult because it bridges short-term forecasting, where initial conditions primarily determine upcoming weather, and long-term forecasting in which slowly varying factors such as sea surface temperatures and soil moisture become more important.
This Challenge seeks to improve on existing sub-seasonal forecasts and asks Solvers to develop systems that perform demonstratively better than an existing baseline forecast for temperature and precipitation over a 15-42 day time frame. Solvers will have three months to develop their system, at which point they are asked to provide forecasts every two weeks over a 13 month period, with the first month being a “pre-season” to become familiar with the submission and evaluation processes.
Prizes may total up to $800,000. Four categories are defined by two forecast outlook periods and two forecast variables (temperature and precipitation). In each category, prizes for eligible solvers are as follows:
1st place - $100,000
2nd place - $50,000
3rd place - $25,000
In addition, one $25,000 prize per category may be awarded to an eligible solver based solely on hind- performance, submission of which is a requirement to be eligible for the above listed prizes.
PLEASE NOTE: This Challenge will remain open on InnoCentive.com for approximately 17 months, and while registration will be possible for the duration of posting the practical deadline for registering will be May 13, 2017. This is approximately two days prior to the deadline for the third forecast submission after which no new forecast submission accounts will be created and late-registering Solvers will be unable to upload the required forecasts. ADDITIONALLY: Solver InnoCentive usernames will be shared with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the forecast evaluation process and leaderboard tracking, and will appear on a publically available leaderboard to track Solver performance.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, proof-of-concept data, source code, and delivery of an executable application.
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-U.S. citizens and entities as well as U.S. citizens that may not be prize eligible (see Challenge Specific Agreement and the Federal Register Notice) 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. However, under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (15 USC 3719), the Seeker cannot award prizes — whether monetary or otherwise — to individuals that are not U.S. citizens, not permanent residents of the U.S. or entities not incorporated in and maintaining a primary place of business in the U.S.
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.
The Seeker desires a device to continuously and/or repeatedly measure the amount of blood in a volume of saline. The device should be capable of measuring at least twice per minute for at least 60 minutes.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal, experimental proof-of-concept data, and prototype delivery if requested