Challenges & Prizes

Challenges and prizes represent tools for EPA to find solutions by tapping into the ingenuity and creativity of crowds. EPA outlines the specifications and criteria for a problem, and the public can submit ideas and proposals for successful solutions. Look below for ways you can get involved.

Prizes provide one new tool for federal agencies to spark innovation.

Nutrient Sensor Challenge Begins Final Verification Testing: On December 18, 2015 the entry period closed for applications to the Nutrient Sensor Challenge Phase 2 - the next phase of the effort to develop affordable, accurate, and reliable nutrient sensors. Final verification testing of nitrogen and phosphorus sensors will be conducted in Spring 2016 with support from NOAA's Alliance for Coastal Technologies. 

Visualize Your Water Challenge Launched January 13, 2016! A mapping challenge for high school students in the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watersheds in collaboration with Department of Education, U.S. Geological Survey, the Great Lakes Observing System and Esri. Find out more & enter here!