Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on May 6, 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted.
This Challenge is being conducted under the authority of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (15 U.S. Code §3719) as amended by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017 (PL-114-329), 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 cash prize purses are awarded. See the Challenge-Specific Agreement for full details.
Solvers are not required to give up any of their intellectual property (“IP”) rights to the Seeker or Seeker’s Collaborators to be eligible to receive an award. Please note that any proposal submitted will not be treated as confidential information. Accordingly, Solvers should protect their proprietary rights in their solutions prior to submitting their written proposal for consideration in the Challenge (e.g. filing provisional or full patent applications on the solution described in the written proposal prior to submission). See the Challenge-Specific Agreement for full details.
Cash prize purse payments: Payments will be paid in full to the eligible registered individual, entity, or team selected as a winner.
Registering as a team: Teams must register to compete by having the Team Leader form a Team Project Room. The Team Leader must be a U.S. citizen, permanent U.S. resident, or representative of a U.S. entity eligible to receive a cash prize. In the case of a team registration, the cash prize purse can be split and paid directly to eligible team members as directed by the registered eligible team leader. Reclamation will not make payment to team members that are not eligible under 15 USC 3719 to receive a cash prize. Team Project Room requests must be made no later than 1 week prior to the Challenge deadline.
Participation by those not eligible for cash prizes: Submissions can be entertained from all Solvers regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or U.S. entities. Meritorious submissions from non-U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and entities are eligible to receive non-cash prize awards, if any, and will also be recognized in publications issued by the Reclamation announcing the results of the competition, such as press releases. Full eligibility details and other restrictions are detailed in the Challenge-Specific Agreement.
Participation by those not eligible for cash prizes: Submissions will be accepted from all Solvers regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or U.S. entities, and are eligible to receive non-cash prize awards, if any. Meritorious submissions from non-U.S. citizens, non-U.S. permanent residents, and non-U.S. entities may also be recognized in publications issued by Reclamation announcing the results of the competition, such as press releases.