Newest Challenges

Nutrient Sensor ChallengePosted By: Environmental Protection Agency The Nutrient Sensor Challenge will accelerate the development and deployment of affordable nutrient sensors to reduce the cost and complexity of collecting nutrient data and allow for better measurement and tracking of nutrients throughout ecosystems. The Challenging Nutrients Coalition includes NOAA, USGS, and NIST.
Open Until
Mar 16, 2015
Carbon Monoxide Poster ContestPosted By: Consumer Product Safety Commission Middle school students wanted! Create a poster. Warn people about dangers of poisonous carbon monoxide (CO). Stop the invisible killer! Save lives! Win prize money!
$6,000
In Prizes
Open Until
Feb 27, 2015
Climate Resilience Data ChallengePosted By: National Aeronautics and Space Administration With over $35,000 in prizes, NASA, in partnership with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), will host the Climate Resilience Data Challenge — an effort to spur data innovation in support of resilience in communities and ecosystems. Through the NASA Tournament Lab hosted on Topcoder, the Challenge will kick-off on December 15 and last for three months, starting with an ideation stage for data-driven application pitches, followed by storyboarding and prototyping of concepts with the greatest potential. The winning ideas can one day be implemented on the web and will inform the development of Earth science web services. For more information, the new NASA Earth Science Challenges Mini-Site (topcoder.com/earthscience) provides key details about the launch of contests, timelines, and additional resources.
$35,000
In Prizes
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Mar 15, 2015
Centennial Challenges Program Cube Quest ChallengePosted By: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Registration is now open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge. Competitors have a shot at a share of $5 million in prize money and an opportunity to fly their very own CubeSat to the moon and beyond as secondary payload on the first integrated flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket. A series of four ground tournaments will take place prior to launch.
$5,000,000
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Dec 31, 2018
Beyond the Box Digitization CompetitionPosted By: National Science Foundation The Beyond the Box Digitization Competition will award $1 million to the person or team who creates a technology that increases the speed and accuracy of digitization of a drawer of insect specimens and their associated data. The competition is a joint project of the U.S. National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
$1,000,000
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Sep 04, 2015
Innovation in Affordable Housing Student CompetitionPosted By: Department of Housing and Urban Development Calling all graduate students! Create multi-disciplinary teams to form a plan and make a real world impact. Submit innovative ideas to address a real life issue faced by a public housing authority.
$30,000
In Prizes
Open Until
Dec 18, 2014
Find a Better Way to Protect Astronauts from Galactic Cosmic RaysPosted By: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Help NASA find a better way to protect humans from the effects of “Galactic Cosmic Rays” (GCR) when traveling outside the Earth’s protective magnetic field. Although GCRs are of relatively low intensity, these rays can be of very high energy. Long-duration exposure to GCR will exceed allowable career radiation exposure limits for crew members during any meaningful deep space mission. Protection is needed to allow for safe and successful human missions such as going to Mars.
$12,000
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Open Until
Dec 15, 2014
H2 Refuel H-Prize CompetitionPosted By: Energy Programs The H2 Refuel H-Prize competition challenges America’s engineers and entrepreneurs to develop affordable systems for small-scale hydrogen fueling. The $1 million prize targets systems used at homes or multi-use sites to supplement the current development of hydrogen fueling station infrastructure.
$1,000,000
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Open Until
Oct 28, 2016
U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize CompetitionPosted By: Department of Agriculture This competitive prize, open to teams of architects, engineers, and developers, will showcase the architectural and commercial viability of advanced wood products like Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in tall buildings.
Open Until
Dec 09, 2014
Market R&D Pilot ChallengePosted By: Health and Human Services The Market R&D Pilot Challenge will help bridge technological gaps by bringing together health care organizations and innovative companies through pilot funding awards and facilitated matchmaking.
$300,000
In Prizes
Open Until
Mar 02, 2015