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Challenge to Identify Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness, How to Enter

The submission deadline has passed.

For more information, please visit the NEI Audacious Goals Development Meeting.

Eligibility Rules

Rules for Participating in the Competition:

  1. Eligibility: To be eligible to win a prize under this Challenge, a Contestant:
    • Shall have registered to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by the NEI and explained in this Notice;
    • Shall have complied with all the requirements under this section;
    • Shall be an individual at least 18 years of age and shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
    • May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment. Federal employees seeking to participate in this contest outside the scope of their employment should consult their ethics official prior to developing their submission;
    • May not be employees of the NIH or any other company or individual involved with the design, production, execution, judging, or distribution of the Challenge and their immediate family (spouse, parents and step-parents, siblings and step-siblings, and children and step-children) and household members (people who share the same residence at least three (3) months out of the year)
  2. Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop America COMPETES Act Challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award (Grantees should consult with their cognizant Grants Management Official to make this determination); and
  3. Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop a challenge entry or to fund efforts in support of a challenge submission.
  4. A Contestant shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals participating in the competition on an equitable basis.
  5. Liability: By participating in this Challenge, Contestants agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, 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 prize contest, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.
  6. Indemnification: By participating in this Challenge, Contestants agree to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to competition activities.
  7. Insurance: Based on the subject matter of the contest, the type of work that it will possibly require, as well as an analysis of the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss potentially resulting from contest participation, Contestants are not required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in order to participate in this contest.
  8. By participating in this Challenge, each individual agrees to abide by all rules set forth in this Notice and the Challenge.gov Terms of Participation.
  9. Each Entry Must:
    • Be limited to a maximum of 4,000 characters, including spaces (roughly a single page). In addition to information requested by http://www.nei.nih.gov/challenge to identify the entry, Contestants must complete three statements about the proposed audacious goal. The following statements, which will be the subject of the judging, are:
      • “It would be fantastic if…” (Explain why the goal is audacious and how the goal fits within NEI’s mission, which is listed in the Challenge summary.)
      • “To achieve the audacious goal, …” (Discuss the feasibility of achieving the goal within about a 10 year period, including the technological, scientific, or other advances that are needed to reach the goal.)
      • “If the audacious goal is achieved, the impact would be…”

    NOTE: Examples of what would have been considered audacious goals in the past can be found in the “Additional Information” section of this notice.

  10. Contestants may submit more than one audacious goal entry, as long as they are unique.
  11. The NEI will not select as a winner an individual who is currently on the Excluded Parties List.
  12. Entries must be original works developed solely by the Contestant and not infringe any intellectual property or any other rights of any third party.

Submitting an Entry

For this challenge, registration and submitting an entry are completed in a single step. Participants can register and submit an entry for this challenge by following the instructions at the Challenge to Identify Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness Rehabilitation website: www.nei.nih.gov/challenge.

Amount of Prize

Up to 20 winners will each be awarded a $3,000 prize and up to $2,000 in travel reimbursement to participate in the NEI Audacious Goals Development Meeting in the Washington, DC area in early 2013. Prizes awarded under this competition will be paid by electronic funds transfer and may be subject to Federal income taxes. The NEI, one of the National Institutes of Health, which is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services, will comply with the Internal Revenue Service withholding and reporting requirements, where applicable. Winners will be invited to lead small group discussions on their submitted goal and understand that the submitted ideas may be combined with others during the meeting as part of the process to identify audacious goals. If winners are not present at the meeting, their entries will still be discussed. Travel expenses to and from the meeting location, lodging and meals will be separately reimbursed up to $2,000 and in accordance with Federal Government travel policy. Winners will need to provide receipts to document travel expenses for reimbursement purposes in accordance with National Institutes of Health policy and applicable laws and regulations.

  • *If you are not eligible to participate in the competition, we still want your ideas! Visit www.nei.nih.gov/AGMeeting to learn more.
Last Reviewed: 
November 2012