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NSF STEM DIVE Challenge - Rules and Eligibility

 

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Video Entry Rules and Eligibility:

  • Entries must be submitted by the PI or Co-PI of a current or expired National Science Foundation (NSF) grant or cooperative agreement.
  • All entries submitted must include the following information: an NSF award number, name of the program through which the project was funded, a Video Entrant Form, a Participant and Parental Consent Form, a PI Verification and Consent Form, and an NSF Form 1515.
  • Entries must demonstrate efforts to broaden participation in the science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics workforce through partnerships.
  • Entries may not exceed 3 minutes in length.
  • Entries can be produced by individuals or by teams of up to four people. Individuals cannot serve on more than one team per entry category.
  • Entries and registrant information must be submitted in English. All entries must include narration and a transcript file of the video.
  • Each entrant certifies, through submission to the competition, that the entry is their own original, creative work and does not violate or infringe the creative work of others, as protected under U.S. copyright law or patent law.
  • If an insufficient number of qualified entries are received, NSF reserves the right to modify or cancel the contest prior to announcing winners. NSF has the right to change the number of winners and/or finalists.
Entrant Eligibility:
  • All entrants (whether submitting individually or on a team) must be at least 18 years of age on or before June 24, 2020 and be: 
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or legal residents in the U.S. by June 24, 2020
  • Only one entry per individual or team is permitted. Entries can be produced by individuals or by teams of up to four people. Individuals cannot serve on more than one team per entry category.
  • All team members must be named and affirm they meet eligibility criteria. One member of the team must be designated and named as the team leader in the submission.
  • The following individuals are not eligible to participate in this contest:
    • Employees of NSF, including but not limited to those with career, temporary, term, or VSEE (Visiting Scientist, Engineer, and Educator) appointments; Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignees;
    • Fellowship holders working at NSF, e.g., NSF/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellows and Einstein Fellows;
    • NSF Advisory Committee members;
    • STEM DIVE judges;
    • Family members of, persons living in the same household as, and anyone who has a financial relationship with: employees of NSF (including but not limited to those with career, temporary, term, or VSEE appointments), Fellowship holders working at NSF, others working at NSF (e.g. IPAs), and STEM DIVE Challenge judges;
    • Federal employees working within the scope of their employment and/or on official time are not eligible; and
  • Federal grantees and contractors may not use federal funds to develop entries for this contest.
  • All entrants agree that they, their heirs and estates shall hold harmless the United States, the employees of the federal government, and all employees of the NSF 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.
Rules:
  • A contest entry constitutes an agreement to adhere to the rules and stipulations set forth by the National Science Foundation.
  • Submissions may be made by either individuals or teams. Team members (entrants) must all be indicated at the time of submission.
  • A lead contact person must be designated for team submissions as the “Team Lead."
  • All team members must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents. Monetary prizes will be distributed to team leads.
  • The order in which names are listed on the entry form and their spelling is how the names will appear on the NSF website. No changes may be made after entry submission.
  • All entrants, including, in the case of teams, all team members, must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Any entrant or entry found to be in violation of any rule will be disqualified.
  • Each entrant certifies, through submission to the contest, 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. intellectual property law.
  • By entering the contest, the entrant agrees to hold harmless, NSF for all legal and administrative claims, to include 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 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, social media, print materials and exhibits.
  • NSF reserves the right to use semifinalist and finalist winners’ names and entries for educational, publicity and/or promotional purposes, including on websites or in exhibitions of winning entries. It is understood that entries could be shared with reporters covering the awards and for promotion of the competition itself.
  • NSF will not be responsible for any claims or complaints from third parties should any component of the videos be published or exhibited, and by entering the contest, entrants agree to indemnify NSF against any such claims or complaints.
  • Winners whose entries are published by NSF will be required to sign an agreement granting nonexclusive publication and web rights.
  • Winners are responsible for all taxes or other fees connected with the prize received and/or travel paid for by NSF.
  • NSF will not respond to any claims or inquiries regarding contest results.
  • NSF has the final say on any point, whether it is outlined in the entry rules or not.
  • Information requested on the entry form will be used to determine how and if the competition is meeting its goals, purposes and audience. Submission of this information is also necessary to contact entrants.
  • Employees, contractors, officers or judges of NSF are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • Finalist judges, either individually or as part of a team, are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • If an insufficient number of qualified entries are received, NSF reserves the right to modify or cancel the competition prior to announcing winners.
  • Should NSF or a third party decide to bring winning entrants to Washington, D.C., or to any other location for promotional and other purposes, expenses paid by NSF for entrant travel will be within the limits set forth in law according to federal travel regulations. The travel will be restricted to participants based in the U.S. Winners who may be residing in a foreign country must designate a U.S.-based individual to represent them (or for a winning team entry a U.S. based team member) or pay for their own travel.
  • Should NSF or a third party decide to bring entrants to Washington, D.C., or to any other location, NSF will fund travel for only one person per group or team entry if the entry wins. This person will be the contact person listed on the entry form. If this person is not available, he or she must designate a replacement from the team. Only a person listed on the original entry form as a team leader may have their travel paid by NSF. All other persons accompanying the winner/group representative must arrange and fund their own travel and accommodations.
  • All entrants agree that they, their heirs and estates shall hold harmless the United States, the employees of the federal government, and all employees of NSF 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.
  • The NSF logo must be included in the video. Official logo options can be accessed at https://www.nsf.gov/policies/logos.jsp.
  • Videos must also include the standard NSF acknowledgement of support and disclaimer. That language can be accessed here: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappg18_1/pappg_11.jsp#XIE4.
  • Required Forms: Entrants must complete and upload the following forms with their entry:
    • NSF Form 1515 - One form per entry must be completed, signed, and uploaded with your final submission. Please check the box “NSF and External Use” to allow your video to be posted on the NSF website and social media.
    • Participant Consent Forms - Must be included for anyone appearing in a video, but not registering as an entrant or team member. Allows NSF to use the individual’s name and likeness.