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.
The Cleaner Indoor Air During Wildfires Challenge is now open!
EPA is partnering with 10 federal, state, tribal and local organizations to stimulate the development of new technologies to clean indoor air. The first step in this effort is the development and launch of a competition called a Challenge, which offers a cash prize for the best technology design for cleaning indoor air during wildfire smoke events and high pollution days.
Through this challenge, EPA and its partners encourage the development of new approaches, technologies, or technology combinations (termed "solutions") for keeping indoor air as clean as possible during periods when outdoor PM2.5 concentrations are elevated. Learn more about the challenge and how to apply.
EPA’s Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer (EEF) Challenge is in Stage 2! This challenge aims to identify existing EEFs that are currently on or near-market that meet or exceed certain environmental and agro-economic criteria. Learn more about the Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizer (EEF) challenge.
EPA also runs an internal competition called Pathfinder Innovation Projects.