Rules for Participating in the Challenge

Innovators must be 18 years of age or older and may participate singly or as part of one or more teams. Teams are not limited in the number of members. Each team must designate a captain who must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is responsible for all correspondence regarding this Challenge. Teams may also merge, collaborate, subdivide or otherwise organize themselves and their members as needed to prepare a solution for this Challenge.

  1. To be eligible to win a prize under this Challenge, an individual or entity:
    • Shall have registered to participate in the Challenge under the rules promulgated by NIH as published in this notice;
    • Shall have complied with all the requirements set forth in this notice;
    • In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. However, non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents can participate as a member of a team that otherwise satisfies the eligibility criteria. Non-U.S. citizens and non-permanent residents are not eligible to win a monetary prize (in whole or in part). Their participation as part of a winning team, if applicable, may be recognized when the results are announced.
    • May not be a federal entity or federal employee acting within the scope of their employment;
    • May not be an employee of HHS (or any component of HHS) acting in their personal capacity;
    • 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;
    • May not be a judge 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, stepparent, child, or stepchild). 
  2. Federal grantees may not use federal funds to develop their 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 on Challenge.gov.
  3. Federal contractors may not use federal funds from a contract to develop their submissions or to fund efforts in support of their submissions.
  4. Submissions must not infringe upon any copyright or any other rights of any third party.
  5. By participating in this Challenge, each individual (whether competing singly or in a group) and entity agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the federal government and its related entities (as defined in the COMPETES Act), 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.
  6. Based on the subject matter of the Challenge, the type of work that it will possibly require and an analysis of the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, property damage or loss potentially resulting from Challenge participation, no individual (whether competing singly or in a group) or entity participating in the Challenge is required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in order to participate in this Challenge.
  7. By participating in this Challenge, each individual (whether competing singly or in a group) and entity agrees to indemnify the federal government against third-party claims for damages arising from or related to Challenge activities.
  8. An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during the Challenge if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the Challenge on an equitable basis.
  9. By participating in this Challenge, each individual (whether participating singly or in a group) and each entity grants to NIH an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free nonexclusive worldwide license to reproduce, publish, post, link to, share and display publicly the submission on the web or elsewhere. Each innovator will retain all other intellectual property rights in their submissions, as applicable.
  10. NIH reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to (a) cancel, suspend or modify the Challenge and/or (b) not award any prizes if no entries are deemed worthy.
  11. Each individual (whether participating singly or in a group) or entity agrees to follow all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies.
  12. By participating in this Challenge, each individual (whether participating singly or in a group) warrants that he or she is the sole author or owner of or has the right to use any copyrightable works that the submission comprises, that the works are wholly original with the innovator (or is an improved version of an existing work that the innovator has sufficient rights to use and improve) and that the submission does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which the innovator is aware. To receive an award, innovators will not be required to transfer their intellectual property rights to NIH, but innovators must grant to the federal government a nonexclusive license to practice their solutions and use the materials that describe them. This license must grant to the United States government a nonexclusive, nontransferable, irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free license to practice or have practiced for or on behalf of the United States throughout the world any invention made by the innovators that covers the submission. In addition, the license must grant to the federal government and others acting on its behalf a fully paid, nonexclusive, irrevocable, worldwide license in any copyrightable works that the submission comprises, including the right to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies to the public and perform publicly and display publicly said copyrightable works. To participate in the Challenge, each innovator must warrant that there are no legal obstacles to providing the above-referenced nonexclusive licenses of the innovator’s rights to the federal government.
  13. Each individual (whether participating singly or in a group) and entity participating in this Challenge must comply with all terms and conditions of these rules, and participation in this Challenge constitutes each such innovator’s full and unconditional agreement to abide by these rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein.
  14. By participating in this Challenge, each individual (whether participating singly or in a group) agrees to allow NCATS to publicly display (e.g., on websites) solution abstracts, as submitted by innovators in the submission package.
  15. By participating in this Challenge, each individual (whether participating singly or in a group) assures NCATS that any data used for the purpose of submitting an entry for this Challenge competition, were obtained legally through authorized access to such data.