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 Advanced Septic System Nitrogen Sensor Challenge: Phase II, Prototype Testing has launched! The goal of this challenge is to inspire innovators to develop a sensor to monitor nitrogen discharged from advanced septic systems. Sensor developers can now apply to have their sensor prototype screened and field tested. Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2018. Find out more information here.
The Wildland Fire Sensor Challenge is closed - On April 6, 2017 EPA and five other federal agencies announced a Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge seeking an accurate, lower-cost, and low-maintenance air quality monitoring system that can be used during a wildfire or controlled fire. Step 1 of the challenge closed November 22, 2017. Find more information here.
EPA and partners have announced the Stage Two winners of the Transform Toxicity Challenge.
The Challenge asked teams of scientists develop techniques to retrofit existing chemical screening technologies to incorporate processes that reflect how chemicals are broken down and metabolized or processed. Read more about the winners here.