NSF Career Compass Challenge

Challenge.gov is a program maintained by the U.S. General Services Administration delighted to announce NSF Career Compass Challenge. The competition is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are at least 14 years of age on November 9, 2018.

This Challenge will address the changing nature of work, and the pace of change to the types of work needed to carry out essential missions for the American people and create the Workforce for the 21st Century, starting with NSF.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • All contestants (including individual entrants and all team members) must be at least 14 years of age on November 9, 2018, and be:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or
    • Residing legally in the U.S. on November 9, 2018
    • Incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, if the contestant is a private entity

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To win the competition, you need to do register through the given link:
https://challenge.gov/a/sso/login

Rules:

  • Only one entry per individual or team is permitted.
  • For each part of the challenge, a contestant may submit an entry as an individual or as a member of a team, but not both.
  • For each part of the challenge, a contestant may only be on at most one team.  Contestants may register for one or both parts of the challenge and need not to participate on the same team for both parts of the challenge.
  • Entries are welcomed from amateurs and professionals alike.
  • Teachers are encouraged to enter on behalf of their classes.
  • Entries may be submitted by individuals or by teams comprised of up to 5 individuals, one of whom must be designated as the team leader.

Part-1

  • Narrative submissions must include a title and an executive summary not to exceed one page.
  • Narrative submissions must include a visual representation of the described concept (e.g., architectural diagram, process flow, etc.)
  • Solvers are encouraged to be succinct in their narrative submissions.  It is expected that the narrative description does not exceed 20 pages, including the executive summary and visual representations.
  • Narrative submissions, executive summary documents, and visual representations must adhere to one or more of the following formats: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, or Adobe PDF.
  • Narrative submissions must be formatted with one-inch margins and be in 12-point font, Times New Roman or Calibri.
  • A challenge entry constitutes an agreement to adhere to the rules and stipulations set forth by the contest sponsor, NSF.
  • Any entrant or entry found in violation of any rule will be disqualified.
  • Entries must not advertise or promote a commercial product visually or orally.
  • Each individual or team entrant certifies, through submission to the contest, that the entry is his/her own original, creative work and does not violate or infringe upon the creative work of others, as protected under applicable intellectual property law.
  • By entering the contest, the entrants agree to hold NSF harmless from all legal and administrative claims to include associated expenses that may arise from any claims related to their submission or its use.
  • All Federal Career Compass judges’ and NSF’s decisions are final and may not be appealed.
  • Participants understand that ideas cannot be patented or copyrighted and that solvers will not retain exclusive ownership of the intellectual property or any of the content included in the concept papers.
  • NSF will not be responsible for any claims or complaints from third parties about any disputes of ownership regarding the ideas, technology, white papers, prototypes, or images included in entries.

Part-2

  • Narrative submissions must include a title and an executive summary not to exceed one page.
  • Narrative submissions must include a visual representation of the described concept (e.g., architectural diagram, process flow, etc.)
  • Solvers are encouraged to be succinct in their narrative submissions. It is expected that the narrative description does not exceed 20 pages, including the executive summary and visual representations.
  • Narrative submissions, executive summary documents, and visual representations must adhere to one or more of the following formats: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, or Adobe PDF.
  • Narrative submissions must be formatted with one-inch margins and be in 12-point font, Times New Roman or Calibri.
  • A challenge entry constitutes an agreement to adhere to the rules and stipulations set forth by the contest sponsor, NSF.
  • Entrants must meet the eligibility requirements described in the Eligibility section.
  • Any entrant or entry found in violation of any rule will be disqualified.
  • Each individual or team entrant certifies, through submission to the contest, that the entry is his/her own original, creative work and does not violate or infringe upon the creative work of others, as protected under applicable intellectual property law.

Benefits:

Part 1 – $25,000

  • Each winner or winning team will receive a one-time prize of $5,000.00 to be issued in the form of an electronic direct deposit payment.
  • Winners will be responsible for providing the NSF Division of Financial Management with banking information (must be a U.S. bank account) in order to facilitate the electronic payment (i.e. direct deposit).

Part 2 – $75,000

  • The winner or winning team will receive a one-time prize of $75,000.00 to be issued in the form of an electronic direct deposit payment.
  • Winners will be responsible for providing the NSF Division of Financial Management with banking information (must be a U.S. bank account) in order to facilitate the electronic payment (i.e. direct deposit).

Application Deadline:

  • Part-1: All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 31, 2018.
  • Part-2: All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 28, 2019.

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