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Here, members of the public compete to help the U.S. government solve problems big and small. Browse through challenges and submit your ideas for a chance to win.

Department of Labor

Veterans' Employment Challenge

Build a better application to match the skills of those who have served in the military with employer needs.

Open Until: 01/24/2020 05:00 PM ET

Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2020 REACH Lark Award

Recognizing advances in the science and practice of improving health equity.

Open Until: 01/28/2020 11:59 PM ET

Department of Energy

Ocean Observing Prize

Seeking innovators to integrate marine renewable energy with ocean observation platforms, ultimately revolutionizing our capability to collect oceanographic data.

Open Until: 02/12/2020 11:59 PM ET

Department of Health and Human Services

An Inclusive Talent Pipeline for American Businesses

An opportunity to modernize employment recruitment, training, and retention for Americans with disabilities.

Open Until: 02/14/2020 11:59 PM ET

Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Waves to Water Prize

The Waves to Water prize is a 4-Stage competition that offers up to $2.5 million in cash prizes, with a...

Open Until: 03/13/2020 11:59 PM ET

Department of Defense - National Guard Bureau

National Guard Innovation Competition - Round 1

What are the biggest issues facing the national guard? Open to Guardsmen and those who know them.

Open Until: 03/16/2020 11:59 PM ET

Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

$100,000 for a Start a SUD Startup Challenge, 2020 Spring Edition

Test the premise of research ideas that can be fostered into biotech startups

Open Until: 04/24/2020 05:00 PM ET

Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology


Build your own robot control software and win up to $10,000!

Open Until: 05/10/2020 12:00 AM ET

Department of Energy - Energy Programs

Individuals Taking Energy Action in Manufacturing

Energy efficiency is contagious. Share your best ideas and practices for generating measurable energy savings at U.S. manufacturing facilities.

Open Until: 05/15/2020 11:59 PM ET

Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

2020 Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is challenging undergraduate teams to develop technology solutions to unmet healthcare needs....

Open Until: 06/01/2020 11:59 PM ET

Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation

Rodeo II - Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting

Closing the Gap on Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting.

Open Until: 10/01/2020 12:00 AM ET

Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge 2020 Reduction to Practice (3-D ROC 2020)

Build your vision of the future.

Open Until: 10/02/2020 02:00 PM ET

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

CO2 Conversion Challenge Phase 2

Get Out of Your Element

Open Until: 11/30/2020 06:00 PM ET

Environmental Protection Agency

EcoTox TARGET Challenge

Develop high quality, low-cost tools that assess global gene expression in common aquatic toxicity test organisms

Open Until: 06/15/2021 11:59 PM ET

Department of Defense - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge

Create breakthrough technologies and capabilities for underground operations.

Open Until: 09/30/2021 12:00 AM ET