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2020 Campus RainWorks Challenge external challenge site (opens in new window)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

2020 Campus RainWorks Challenge

Step up to the Challenge

Open Until: 09/30/2020 11:59 PM ET

Rodeo II - Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting details
NOAA - National Integrated Drought Information System

Rodeo II - Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting

Closing the Gap on Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting.

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

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

COVID-19 Maker Challenge V: Disaster Relief details
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Health Administration

COVID-19 Maker Challenge V: Disaster Relief

Teams of innovative engineers, designers, manufacturers and other subject-matter experts will be charged with developing innovative solutions to the challenges...

Open Until: 10/07/2020 07:00 PM ET

Rural Tech Project details
Department of Education

Rural Tech Project

Prepare your students for the careers of today and tomorrow: Bring distance learning enabled, competency-based technology instruction to your community....

Open Until: 10/08/2020 05:59 PM ET

Army xTechSBIR details
Department of Defense - U.S. Army

Army xTechSBIR

Winners of the Army xTech | SBIR Technology event will be invited to submit a Direct to Phase II Small...

Open Until: 10/10/2020 02:59 AM ET

Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition details
U.S. Small Business Administration

Lab-to-Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition

Showcase your inclusive R&D innovation ecosystem and design for the future

Open Until: 10/14/2020 06:00 PM ET

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted User Interface (UI) for Digital Wallets Challenge details
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted User Interface (UI) for Digital Wallets Challenge

Build a better design for Digital Wallets UIs

Open Until: 10/15/2020 07:59 PM ET

CTE Mission: CubeSat details
U.S. Department of Education

CTE Mission: CubeSat

Bring space missions to students: The U.S. Department of Education invites high schools to design and build CubeSat prototypes.

Open Until: 10/16/2020 05:59 PM ET

xTechBOLT details
Department of Defense - U.S. Army

xTechBOLT

The US Army Medical Research and Development Command (MRDC) is announcing the xTech Brain Operant Learning Technology – xTechBOLT –...

Open Until: 10/17/2020 02:59 AM ET

Guardians of the Reservoir Challenge details
Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation

Guardians of the Reservoir Challenge

Help sustain America’s reservoirs. We’re looking for ways to remove sedimentation that regularly accumulates in reservoirs.

Open Until: 10/20/2020 05:00 PM ET

Enhancing Computer Vision for Public Safety Challenge details
Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Enhancing Computer Vision for Public Safety Challenge

Create a new line of research in computer vision to develop life-saving tools for public safety.

Open Until: 10/20/2020 07:00 PM ET

Inclusive Design Challenge details
Department of Transportation

Inclusive Design Challenge

Designing solutions to enable people with disabilities to use automated vehicles

Open Until: 10/30/2020 05:00 PM ET

EEFs: Environmental and Agronomic Challenge details
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EEFs: Environmental and Agronomic Challenge

This Challenge aims to identify existing Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs) currently on or near-market that meet or exceed certain environmental...

Open Until: 10/30/2020 11:59 PM ET

BRAIN Initiative Challenge: Considering Ethics During Brain Technology Development details
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

BRAIN Initiative Challenge: Considering Ethics During Brain Technology Development

This challenge is seeking creative essays or videos from currently enrolled U.S. high school students that describe a teen’s perspective...

Open Until: 10/31/2020 11:59 PM ET

Lunar Deep Freeze Challenge external challenge site (opens in new window)
NASA

Lunar Deep Freeze Challenge

NASA is asking the public to conceptualize and describe a novel approach to cryogenic containment that will allow lunar sample...

Open Until: 11/12/2020 07:59 PM ET

CHARIoT Challenge - Advancing First Responder Communications details
Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology

CHARIoT Challenge - Advancing First Responder Communications

The CHARIot Challenge is a 4-Phase, dual track competition that offers up to $1.1 million in cash prizes, with a...

Open Until: 11/18/2020 05:00 PM ET

Digital Solutions to Support Care Transitions Challenge details
Department of Health and Human Services - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Digital Solutions to Support Care Transitions Challenge

Can you help develop interoperable health information technology (IT) solutions that engage patients and family caregivers during care transitions from...

Open Until: 11/20/2020 05:00 PM ET

Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS details
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS

EPA & partners seek non-thermal technologies & approaches that destroy PFAS in aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) without generating hazardous...

Open Until: 11/23/2020 11:59 PM ET

Rethink Adult Ed Challenge details
U.S. Department of Education

Rethink Adult Ed Challenge

Design pre-apprenticeship programs that better prepare adult learners for apprenticeships and beyond.

Open Until: 11/25/2020 11:59 PM ET

CO2 Conversion Challenge Phase 2 details
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

CO2 Conversion Challenge Phase 2

Get Out of Your Element

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

Next Gen Fertilizer Innovation Challenge details
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Next Gen Fertilizer Innovation Challenge

This Challenge aims to identify concepts for novel technologies for fertilizers and other product technology innovations that can reduce the...

Open Until: 11/30/2020 11:59 PM ET

AI Tracks at Sea details
Department of Defense - Department of the Navy, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific

AI Tracks at Sea

This challenge solicits software solutions to automatically generate georeferenced tracks of maritime vessel traffic based on data recorded from a...

Open Until: 12/02/2020 03:00 AM ET

Innovative Technology Solutions for Social Care Referrals details
Department of Health and Human Services

Innovative Technology Solutions for Social Care Referrals

Opportunity to create and modernize health IT platforms to foster connections between health care systems and community based organizations in...

Open Until: 12/14/2020 05:00 PM ET

Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4 Challenge) details
Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4 Challenge)

Innovations in Pediatric Primary Care to Improve Child Health

Open Until: 03/15/2021 05:00 PM ET

Watts on the Moon - Phase 1 details
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Watts on the Moon - Phase 1

Open Until: 03/25/2021 05:00 PM ET

NHLBI Hope for Sickle Cell Disease Challenge details
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institute of Health

NHLBI Hope for Sickle Cell Disease Challenge

Foster awareness of Sickle Cell Disease

Open Until: 03/26/2021 11:59 PM ET

2021 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge details
Department of Energy - Energy Programs

2021 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge

Want to design buildings that help address the most pressing needs of our time? Love the thrill of competing with...

Open Until: 04/15/2021 05:00 PM ET

NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity details
Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity

NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science

Open Until: 04/16/2021 05:00 PM ET

Differential Privacy Temporal Map Challenge details
Department of Commerce - National Institute of Standards and Technology, Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division

Differential Privacy Temporal Map Challenge

Help public safety agencies share data while protecting privacy.

Open Until: 05/17/2021 07:59 PM ET

EcoTox TARGET Challenge details
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

Streamflow Forecast Rodeo external challenge site (opens in new window)
Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation

Streamflow Forecast Rodeo

Improving short-term streamflow forecast skill.

Open Until: 09/30/2021 09:00 PM ET

DARPA Subterranean (SubT) Challenge external challenge site (opens in new window)
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