Eligibility Rules for the Challenge
1. To be eligible to win a prize under this Challenge, the essay author –
a. At the time of submission, shall be aged 16 to 18, enrolled in a high school within the U.S. or its territories;
b. Shall have registered to participate in the Challenge under the rules and process set forth in this Announcement;
c. Shall have complied with all the requirements set forth in this Announcement;
d. Shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, for purposes of winning an NIMH cash prize. Non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents may also participate; however, they may not receive a NIMH cash prize but may be eligible for a cash prize from the CJL Foundation or non-cash recognition.
e. May not be a Federal employee acting within the scope of the employee’s employment;
f. May not be a Federal employee of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (or any other component of HHS) acting in their personal capacity;
g. Who is employed by a federal agency or entity other than HHS (or any component of HHS), should consult with an agency Ethics Official to determine whether the federal ethics rules will limit or prohibit the acceptance of a prize under this Challenge;
h. May not be currently listed on the Excluded Parties List;
2. May not be a member or employee of one of the partners (i.e. NIMH, NIMHD, and CLJ Foundation), a judge or evaluation panel member of the Challenge, or any other party involved with the design, production, execution, or distribution of the Challenge or the immediate family of such a party (i.e., spouse, parent, step-parent, child, or step-child). All participants under age 18 are required to submit a signed copy of the parent/legal guardian consent form. The form can be found at Challenge.gov. We also encourage all students to work with a sponsoring adult. The sponsoring adult should be in a position to advise the essay author as necessary to facilitate the submission of their essay. Examples of a sponsoring adult is a parent or other family member, community leader, teacher, school counselor, principal, other school official, minister, priest, or other religious leader, or person with a similar standing in the community.
3. Participates are allowed to only submit one (1) essay. If multiple submissions are received from one student, only the first essay will be considered.
4. Federal grantees may not use federal funds to develop Challenge submissions unless use of such funds is consistent with the purpose of their grant award and specifically requested to do so due to the Challenge design, and as announced in the Federal Register.
5. Federal contractors may not use federal funds from a contract to develop Challenge submissions or to fund efforts in support of a Challenge submission.
6. Each participant warrants that he or she is the sole author of the submitted essay, and that the works are wholly original with the participant. Essays must not infringe upon any copyright or any other rights of any third party. Essays will be screened, using a plagiarism software package, to validate originality of the work.
7. By participating in this Challenge, each individual agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal government and its related entities (as defined in the America COMPETES Act, as amended), except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in this Challenge, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.
8. Based on the subject matter of the Challenge, the type of work that it will possibly require, as well as an analysis of the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, property damage, or loss potentially resulting from Challenge participation, no individual participating in the Challenge is required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in order to participate in this Challenge.
9. By participating in this Challenge, each individual agrees to indemnify the Federal government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to Challenge activities.
10. An individual shall not be deemed ineligible to win because the individual used federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during the Challenge provided that such facilities and/or employees, as applicable, are made available on an equitable basis to all individuals participating in the Challenge.
11. NIMH and partners reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to (a) cancel, suspend, or modify the Challenge through amendment to this notice on Challenge.gov, and/or (b) not award any prizes if no entries are deemed worthy.
12. Each individual participating in the Challenge agrees to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies.
13. Each individual participating in this Challenge must comply with all terms and conditions of the rules set forth in this Announcement, and participation in this Challenge constitutes each such participant’s full and unconditional agreement to abide by these rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein.
14. All prize winners and finalists will agree to allow their essays, along with their first name and state of residence, to be posted on the Healthy Mind Initiative website. Additionally, NIH may publish, post, link to, share, and display publicly the submission on the web or elsewhere.