- Competition Rules
- Entrant Eligibility
- Entry Eligibility
- Submission Process
- Judging Process
Participants and their entries must meet the stated criteria; submissions that fail to meet both participant and entry eligibility requirements will be rejected without further consideration or notification.
- Contest entry constitutes agreement to adhere to the rules and stipulations set forth by the contest sponsors.
- Any entrant or entry found to be in violation of any rule will be disqualified.
- Any entrant may submit multiple entries, but only one entrant may be associated with each entry.
- By entering the contest, an entrant agrees that the entry is his or her own original creative work and does not violate or infringe the creative work of others, as protected under U.S. law.
- NSF bears no responsibility for intellectual property or any proprietary information posted to this site. Users are advised to consider whether they may wish to copyright or patent any information before they post it to this site.
- NSF Program Officers and Staff retain the right to edit entries for clarity, and grammar without further notice to entrants.
- By entering the contest the entrant agrees to hold NSF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation harmless for all legal and administrative claims and any associated expenses that may arise from any claims related to his or her submission or its use.
- Entrants retain all copyright and equivalent rights but give NSF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation nonexclusive rights to use their names, likenesses, quotes and submissions for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes. This includes but is not limited to website display, print materials and exhibits.
- NSF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reserve the right to use all participants’ names and entries for educational publicity and/or promotional purposes, including the exhibition of winning entries on its website and elsewhere. It is understood that entries will be shared with reporters covering these awards and for promotion of the contest itself.
- Winners are responsible for all taxes or other fees connected with the prize received and/or travel paid for by the sponsoring organizations.
- NSF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will not respond to any claims or inquiries regarding contest results.
- Information requested on the entry form is necessary to contact entrants. They will also be used to determine how and if the contest is meeting its goals, purposes and audience.
- Judges, employees, contractors, and officers of the sponsoring organizations are not eligible to enter the contest.
- The sponsoring organizations reserve the right to modify or cancel the contest prior to announcing winners.
- All contestants agree that they, their heirs and estates shall hold harmless the United States, the employees of the federal government, and all employees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for any and all injuries and/or claims arising from participation in this contest, to include that which may occur while traveling to or participating in contest activities.
- All points not outlined in the entry rules are at the final discretion of NSF program staff.
- A single participant ("Entrant") is permitted on each entry.
- An entrant must be 18 years or older and be a graduate student, postdoctoral associate or faculty member employed at an eligible institution (e.g., a university, college, or non-profit research organization, including museums, research laboratories, professional societies, and 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 organizations will not be accepted.
- The entrant must not be an employee of or detailee to the National Science Foundation or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- An entrant must not 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.
- Final entrant eligibility is at the discretion of the National Science Foundation.
- Only entries submitted between April 1 and April 30, 2013 will be eligible for consideration. The deadline for entrant registration and entry submission is 5:00 pm EDT (UTC/GMT-4 hours), April 30, 2013.
- Only entries from eligible submitters (as described above) will be considered.
- Each entry must contain only one challenge.
- Each entry must have a challenge description written in English, consisting of 100 words or fewer, and describing the challenge or research focus adequately to assess its merits as legitimate.
- Entries must relate to challenges faced in smallholder agriculture that can be addressed by scientific research.
- Entries must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
- Entries must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual, or that promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
- Entries must not contain material that violates any applicable laws.
- Final entry eligibility is at the discretion of the National Science Foundation.
Ideas for research foci and challenges will be accepted between April 1 and April 30, 2013 from eligible individuals.
It's easy to apply online!
- Just navigate to http://www.nsf.gov/BREADIdeas and click on "Submit A Challenge!" You will be automatically transferred to the submission site. Or, you can go to http://www.challenge.gov/ and click on the "Visit Website" button. And while you are there, you can check out other Challenges from the NSF and the U.S. Government!
- Fill in your registration information, including your full name, current institution affiliation, and title. Do not forget to include an email address so we can contact you if your idea is selected for a prize. Once you are on the submission website, learn more about the competition, timeline, prizes, eligibility, and rules.
- To submit your entry, click the "My Entry" tab and enter your Challenge in the "My BREAD Idea" box. Remember, it must be in English and 100 words or fewer! Click the "Save & Preview" button to save your entry, and then click the “Submit” button.
SUBMITTING OVER EMAIL
If you do not have access to the web or cannot use the online entry system, you can email an entry in. However, we request that you use the online system, described above, if you are at all able.
- To email in a submission, prepare an email from your institutional email address with the subject line, "BREAD Ideas Challenge Submission" to BREADSubmit@nsf.gov. Do not submit to the information email address BREADIdeas@nsf.gov. Submissions to that address will not be registered.
- Enter the following information in the body of the email in this order:
- Name: Enter your full name.
- Institution: Enter the full name and location (city, state, country) of your institution. Remember, you must be at an eligible institution (e.g., a university, college, or non-profit research organization, including museums, research laboratories, professional societies, and similar organizations that are directly associated with educational or research activities) in the U.S. or internationally.
- Title: Your title at the institution. Remember, you must be a graduate student, postdoctoral associate or faculty at an eligible institution, as described above.
- Enter your Challenge in the body of the email with the above information. Remember that your Challenge must be in English and 100 words or fewer to be eligible.
- Send your email to BREADSubmit@nsf.gov. You will receive an automated notification that the email has been received. Due to the volume of responses, there will not be any further notification, so make sure to enter all the above information correctly.
The Idea Challenge submissions will be reviewed against review criteria by an internal panel of experts at the National Science Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Final selections and eligibility determination will be made by National Science Foundation Program Staff.
The main criteria for selecting prizewinners will include:
Challenge – A successful entry describes a challenge or research focus, rather than a specific solution. Remember that the BREAD Ideas Challenges is looking for new innovative foci for future research proposal solicitations.
Potential – A successful entry describes a scientific challenge that, if resolved, would result in transformative change to smallholder agricultural outcomes and/or a scientific field relevant to smallholder agriculture.
Novelty – A successful entry describes a challenge that is new, or that has not received substantial consideration in the scientific community.
In keeping with the objectives of the BREAD Ideas Challenge, additional considerations may be used to select the final winners. These could include the potential to inspire basic research involving a broad spectrum of scientific fields, promote new and equal international partnerships and achieve a diverse global distribution of prize winners.
Information about the prizewinning challenges and the prizewinners will be posted at http://www.nsf.gov/BREADIdeas/.