Submission Requirements. Each submission for this challenge requires a complete “Submission Package.” The submission package includes a 4-page written proposal describing an idea and 5-min video introducing the team (see requirements below). Both the idea and the Founders will be evaluated.
In the proposal:
Describe your research idea that would further an understanding of neurobiology as it relates to SUD and that is intended to be the basis for a successful start-up. (1 page)
Convince the challenge reviewers of your technical competence as a biomedical scientist. Be brief, selective and persuasive. Do not use the NIH Bibliographic Sketch format. (0.5 page)
Describe, in as many details as possible, what the prototype of your product would look like. Then, walk the Challenge reviewers through the typical use of the product, using simple terms and instructions. (1.5 pages)
Explain the methods you will use (how, when, where, whom) to determine whether the product is needed by the target audience and whether that audience would be willing to pay for the product. (1 page)
The proposal must consist of a PDF file with at least 1-inch margins and no more than four (4) pages long. Font size must be no smaller than 11 point Arial. All submissions must be in English. The contestants must not use HHS’s logo or official seal or the logo of NIH or NIDA in the submissions, and must not claim federal government endorsement.
A brief video (link to YouTube) must be no longer than five (5) minutes. If the Challenge submission is from the team of Founders, the entire team must participate in the submitted video. In the YouTube video:
Tell NIDA something, in one minute or less, that can illustrate the drive or the desire of each founder to develop a product that would further an understanding of neurobiology as it relates to SUD and that is intended to be the basis for a successful start-up.
Tell NIDA something about each founder that shows a high level of scientific and entrepreneurial ability.
Tell NIDA something about each founder that shows a high level of perseverance and grit.
Tell NIDA about a time when your great idea was rejected. What was your response?
Rules for Participating in the Challenge. The Challenge is open to any Founder 18 years of age or older. No prior startup experience is necessary. A Founder may be (i) an entity or (ii) an individual or group of individuals (i.e., a team assembled with the purpose of participating in this Challenge).
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 NIDA 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 or research activity 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 otherwise 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 a Federal employee of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (or any other component of HHS) acting in their personal capacity;
Who 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, step-parent, child, or step-child).
Must be a United States-based potential start-up (i.e. not yet formed) or a United States-based new start-up (i.e. in the early stage of formation and development).
Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop their Challenge submissions.
Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop their Challenge submissions or to fund efforts in support of their Challenge submission.
Submissions must not infringe upon any copyright or any other rights of any third party.
By participating in this Challenge, each Founder (whether competing singly or in a group) and each 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.
Based on the subject matter of the Challenge, the type of work that it will possibly require, as well as an analysis of the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, property damage, or loss potentially resulting from Challenge participation, no Founder (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.
By participating in this Challenge, each Founder (whether competing singly or in a group) and each entity agrees to indemnify the Federal government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to Challenge activities.
A Founder or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the Founder 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.
By participating in this Challenge, each Founder (whether participating singly or in a group) or entity retains title and full ownership in and to their submission and each participant expressly reserves all intellectual property rights (e.g., copyright) in their submission.
NIDA 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.
Each Founder (whether participating singly or in a group) or entity agrees to follow all applicable Local, State, and Federal laws and regulations.
Each Founder (whether participating singly or in a group) and each entity participating in this Challenge must comply with all terms and conditions of these rules, and participation in this Challenge constitutes each such contestant’s full and unconditional agreement to abide by these rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein.