Featured Challenges:

Featured Challenges:

Solid-waste Management in Humanitarian Response

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When large numbers of people are displaced due to natural or man-made disasters, they flee their homes and settle in formal or informal camps. One major problem is the management of solid wastes (trash, rubbish, garbage, litter) produced by large numbers of people in a relatively small area. Improper management of solid wastes leads to many issues, mostly centered on degrading the health of the people involved. We are searching for the most economical process of managing solid wastes without worsening the already poor living conditions in these areas or causing harm to individuals or the environment.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Challenge 9933337
Deadline: April 06, 2014
Reward: $15,000read-more2.gif


Metal Removal from Mine Drainage Water

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We are seeking new or improved treatment methods to significantly reduce overall costs of removing metals from water draining from active and abandoned mines. Current lime treatment methods are expensive, produce large amounts of sludge and can take up lots of space. Any improvements to current lime systems or other treatment methods that will produce similar results are welcome.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Challenge 9933520
Deadline: March 08, 2014
Reward: $12,000read-more2.gif


3D Printing with Cotton Fiber

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The Seeker desires proposals for 3D printing technology that use cotton fibers, or material derived from cotton fibers, as the printing material or substrate.  The Seeker is interested in ways that cotton can be used with currently existing 3D printing technology, or a novel 3D printing technology that uses cotton.  A futuristic application would be for the printing of apparel or other products, i.e., where an article of cotton clothing can be printed, constructed, or formed directly on a 3D printer.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Challenge 9933198
Deadline: February 23, 2014
Reward: $7,000read-more2.gif



Design of Novel Scaffolds for Inhibitors of Glutamate-Gated Chloride Channels

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This Challenge seeks to identify novel scaffolds that lock in the open state glutamate-gated chloride channels.  The Seeker is particularly interested in receiving submission of molecular structures that are smaller and less synthetically complex than the known natural-product compounds that have this same biological activity.


This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Challenge 9933208
Deadline: February 13, 2014
Reward: $10,000 read-more2.gif



UCB Innovation Challenge

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The UCB Innovation Challenge seeks to identify individuals, families, groups or communities who possess rare phenotypes (traits or natural abilities). UCB is interested in finding people who possess great self-healing abilities, or who are protected from disease.

We hope that exploring the interesting physiology behind rare phenotypes will provide valuable insights into the genetic and molecular cause of these rare phenotypes. This may lead to the development of new medicines for the treatment of severe diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, diabetes, systemic lupus erythematosus or epilepsy

For further information about this challenge, click here to be directed to its dedicated website.


Challenge 9933409
Deadline: February 20, 2014
Reward: $10,000read-more2.gif


Novel Approaches to Improve Trace Mineral Bioavailability

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Minerals are inorganic substances that naturally occur in rocks, soil, and water. Dietary minerals are essential for a variety of bodily functions, including growth and development and maintaining normal health. Various minerals are required in different amounts, but they are all necessary. A balanced diet can provide these nutrients, but other sources include multivitamins, fortified foods, or specific mineral supplementation. The Seeker desires approaches to improve the bioavailability of minerals in the diet.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Challenge 9932990
Deadline: February 15, 2014; 11:59 PM EST
Reward: $7,000read-more2.gif



Taking the Heat Away: Thermal Management Solutions for Electronics

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The Seeker, a Fortune 100 company, is looking for a collaboration partner to help identify and develop materials or methods that quickly and cost effectively cool electronics in a variety of environments.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.

Challenge 9933385
Deadline: January 28, 2014
Reward: variesread-more2.gif


Molecular Weight and Size Characterization of Soy Protein

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Soy protein is a high-quality complete protein whose physical properties are highly dependent on molecular weight and size.  The Seeker desires a method to characterize the molecular weight and size of all protein in a sample of extracted and isolated soy proteins.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data (and/or sample delivery).  In the absence of a proven solution, however, the Seeker may make a partial award of up to $10,000 USD for a purely theoretical contribution.  The Seeker may, at their sole discretion, attempt to reduce to practice a purely theoretical contribution.  If this reduction-to-practice is successful, the Seeker will make a partial award of $20,000 to the winning Solver.Challenge 9932994
Deadline: February 25, 2014
Reward: $30,000read-more2.gif



Future Clothes Washing Technology

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ALERT: Award increased to $40,000. New deadline is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on February 14, 2014.

Conventional washing machines cause excessive damage and wrinkling to clothes primarily during the water removal step. With the introduction of high efficiency washers, not only has cleansing performance been improved, but water and energy consumption has also decreased. What if you were able to clean your clothes at home without using any water? The Seeker desires to revolutionize the laundry process with a novel technology that uses no liquid, creates no wrinkles, and does not damage clothes.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal. The Seeker may consider further collaboration with Solver(s) who receive an award for this Challenge.
Challenge 9933496
Deadline: February 14, 2014; 11:59 PM EST
Reward: $40,000


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