FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The BREAD Ideas Challenge is offering up to 25 prizes of $10,000 USD each for innovative, potentially transformative challenges and research foci that, if successfully addressed, could eventually be of significant benefit to smallholder farmers in developing countries. Challenges should not be specific research proposals, but should rather prompt and inspire the research community to explore new, high risk, high payoff research stimulated by the prize-winning ideas.
The BREAD Ideas Challenge is a new activity within the BREAD program meant to stimulate new ideas for future full research proposals from the broader scientific community. Unlike previous BREAD competitions, which accepted original research proposals, the BREAD Ideas Challenge is looking for ideas for potentially transformative research foci and challenges related to smallholder agriculture. Those research foci should not propose specific solutions, but rather prompt or challenge the research community in new and unexplored or underexplored areas. Your Challenge submission may just prompt a future research proposal to BREAD, from you or others.
The BREAD Ideas Challenge will not accept full research proposals. The BREAD Ideas Challenge is only accepting 100-word or fewer entries describing research foci and challenges.
- I have an exciting new research idea for a specific mutant gene or crop. Can I submit my idea to the BREAD Ideas Challenge?
No. The BREAD Ideas Challenge is looking for potentially transformative research foci and challenges related to smallholder agriculture that spur future research proposals. For specific research ideas, you may consider submitting your idea to an appropriate NSF program or the subsequent Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals round.
Eligible entrants are encouraged to go to http://www.nsf.gov/BREADIdeas/ and select “Submit a Challenge”. They can then register and submit their entries online.
No. Online entries to the BREAD Ideas Challenge will only be accepted via the BREAD Ideas Challenge website, at http://www.nsf.gov/BREADIdeas/.
For those with limited web-access, Challenge submissions will be accepted over email. The email must be sent from the individual’s institutional email account, and must include the submitter’s full name, full institution name (along with city, station, and country), official institutional title, and the Challenge in English in 100 words or fewer. Properly formatted emails should be sent to BREADSubmit@nsf.gov. Due to expected volume, only automated notification of receipt will be sent. For more information, see the Submission Process page.
Yes, only entries in English will be accepted for the BREAD Ideas Challenge.
The BREAD Ideas Challenge is looking for potentially transformative research foci and challenges related to smallholder agriculture. Specific research ideas are not eligible for the BREAD Ideas Challenge, but may be eligible for the subsequent Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals round. See the “About” page for more information on this process.
Entries will only be accepted from individuals who are graduate students, postdoctoral associates or faculty at a university, college, or non-profit research organization including museums, research laboratories, professional societies or similar organizations that are directly associated with educational or research activities in the U.S. or internationally. Entries from other individuals and/or at other institutions will not be accepted.
Yes! U.S. and non-U.S. researchers can submit a Challenge to the BREAD Ideas Challenge, provided that they are graduate students, postdoctoral associates or faculty at an eligible institution.
- I work at a National Laboratory or a U.S. Federal Agency. Can I submit a Challenge to the BREAD Ideas Challenge?
No. An entrant cannot be an employee of the U.S. federal government. However, scientists who work at a National Laboratory or a (non-NSF) U.S. Federal Agency may submit a Challenge through their adjunct positions at an eligible institution.
- I don’t work for a university or college, but I do work for an organization with an educational mission. Can I submit a Challenge to the BREAD Ideas Challenge?
Entries will be accepted from non-profit research organizations, including museums, research laboratories, professional societies, and similar organizations that are directly associated with educational or research activities.
Prizewinners will be awarded $10,000 USD. Furthermore, prize winning Challenges will be posted on the BREAD Ideas Challenge website (http://www.nsf.gov/BREADIdeas/) and will be the foci of the subsequent competition via EAGERs.
No - only one entrant is permitted per Challenge.
There is no limit to the number of Challenges you may submit. However, you will be required to register separately for each challenge. Remember that the BREAD Ideas Challenge is only accepting transformative research foci and challenges. Submit your best, most innovative idea.
- May I submit videos, images, or any other supplementary data as part of my BREAD Ideas Challenge Submission?
No. Only your 100-word-or-fewer Challenge description will be accepted as part of the BREAD Ideas Challenge Submission.
No. Entries can be submitted through www.nsf.gov/BREADIdeas or by email anytime between April 1 and April 30, 2013. The deadline for submission is 5:00 pm EDT (UTC/GMT-4 hours) April 30, 2013.
The cash prize is awarded to the winner for submission and selection of a transformative research focus or challenge. Use of the cash prize is at the discretion of the prizewinners.
Up to 25 prizewinning Challenges will be selected, although the actual number of prizes awarded will be at the discretion of NSF Program Staff.
Prizes will be paid directly to individuals, not institutions. As such, indirect costs do not apply.
- May I submit an idea to the BREAD Ideas Challenge on behalf of my student/my colleague/another individual?
No. All Challenges originating from an eligible entrant are considered the property of that entrant. Neither responsibility nor authorship can be transferred to another individual, and prizes will only be awarded to the registered entrant.
The NSF is authorized to conduct prize competition according to its authorizing legislation, The National Science Foundation Act (42 U.S.C. §1861 et seq), which grants the NSF authority to “…enter into contracts or other arrangements… for the carrying on, by organizations or individuals in the United States and foreign countries, including other government agencies of the United States and of foreign countries, of such scientific or engineering activities as the Foundation deems necessary…” (42 U.S.C. §1870(c))
- Is the BREAD Ideas Challenge related to the prize competition authorizing legislation in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010?
No. Although the BREAD Ideas Challenge is a prize competition and will eventually listed on Challenge.Gov, which arose out of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, the primary authority for NSF prize competitions, like the BREAD Ideas Challenge, remains the National Science Foundation Act (42 U.S.C. §1861 et seq).
Although BREAD Ideas Challenge prizewinners will be encouraged to participate in subsequent BREAD competitions, including the Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals phase, they cannot be guaranteed involvement in such competitions or preferential consideration in future competitions.
No. Because the BREAD Ideas Challenge is intended to facilitate collaboration between prizewinners and the BREAD research community, identifying information must be supplied by the entrant in order for his or her Challenge to be considered.
After the competition is closed, prizewinners will be selected and announced on this web site. At that time, the scientific community will be encouraged to develop collaborative EAGER proposals based on the prizewinning ideas, or other research foci within the scope of the BREAD program. For more information on the second phase of the BREAD Ideas Challenge, see the"What's Next?" page of this website, or contact BREAD program officers at BREAD WG@nsf.gov or 703-292-4400.
Questions about the BREAD Ideas Challenge can be sent to BREADIdeas@nsf.gov. Questions about the BREAD program and other PGRP and NSF programs and solicitations should be sent to the cognizant program officer.