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Receive up to $100 000 in the Rockerfeller 2012 Innovation Challenges

Ideas Challenge

Are You a 21st Century Problem-solver?

To mark the centennial of The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking the knowledge and innovative ideas that will solve problems for the next 100 years.

In the face of these 21st century realities, achieving the Foundation’s overall goal to build resilience and more equitable growth, especially for poor or vulnerable people, relies in part on the foundations commitment to a continuing search for, and openness to, new ideas and new ways of building solutions to these complex crises.

As many as 9 out of 15 finalists will be selected by the Foundation to apply for up to $100,000 in grant support to further develop or implement their ideas.

ENTER BY 25 MAY 2012

Challenge Orientation

Innovative Ideas for Decoding Data, Irrigating Efficiency, and Farming Now address key levers for change and will create significant impact. What these ideas could look like is still largely unknown. The Innovation Challenges are designed to discover and reward ideas that show unique promise for addressing global needs from a variety of geographies, perspectives, and contexts.

All challenge entrants will be competing for an accolade from The Rockefeller Foundation. Additionally, fifteen challenge finalists will be considered for up to nine, $100,000 grants and recognition at The Rockefeller Innovation Forum.

The challenge will open online for ideas on April 2, 2012 and close on May 25, 2012. Challenge finalists will be announced at The Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Forum on June 28, 2012

Important Dates

April 2 2012: Open for Entries

May 25: Deadline for Entries

28 June: Finalists Announced

Aug 2012: Grant Process Begins

Eligibility

Challenge entrants may include individuals, organizations, formal or informal entities, i.e. an association, guild, student group, or village. Individuals submitting an idea, hereafter referred to as the entrant, on behalf of a group should be fully authorized by that group to do so. Any informal entities will need to affiliate with a formal authorized entity to apply for funding.

To be eligible for consideration, each entrant must:

  • Agree to any and all legal terms and conditions of the challenge.
  • Submit an entry form with all required fields completed through the challenge website http://centennial.rockefellerfoundation.org/challenge or by email to info@innovationchallenges.org.
  • Be willing to provide material and references in support of their ideas should they be requested by The Rockefeller Foundation or its challenge team.
  • If selected as a finalist, and if after preparing a proposal that is funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, the awardee must agree to use the grant money to further develop the idea.
  • If the entrant’s idea is selected as a finalist to prepare a proposal, and is awarded funding, the awardee must agree to comply with all national and international laws governing the transfer of any grant, monetary or otherwise, across national and international boundaries.
  • Are available to be contacted by email or telephone at any point in the evaluation process, and are available (if requested) for a site visit by a member of the evaluation committee.
  • Submit the entry in English.
  • Complete the entry form and submit or send it before the deadline of May 25, 2012, by 11:59:59 p.m. EDT.

Criteria

Finalists in each category of the Innovation Challenges will meet the following criteria.

Innovation Challenges finalists will be those ideas that:

  • Are new ideas or are existing ideas applied in a new geography, audience, or context.
  • Uniquely and specifically respond to the category problem statement.
  • Successfully clear the challenge due diligence process.
  • Show the most promise for catalytic innovation, impact, context, and spark, as assessed by the challenge team and panel of independent expert judges.
  • Garner high scores, ten being the top score using the scoring system below, from the independent panel of judges in the following areas:
    • Catalytic Innovation(4 points) The extent to which the idea:
      • Shows potential for scaling and replication
      • Replaces an existing solution that is not leading to sufficient action or impact
      •  Accounts for risks and potential unintended consequences
    • Impact(3 points) The extent to which the idea could significantly benefit the global community if implemented because it:
      • Improves the livelihoods of the poor or vulnerable
      • Addresses the challenge by building resilience and promoting growth with equity
      • If an economic intervention, shapes markets for multi-faceted, economic, social, or environmental benefit
      • If a technology, disrupts a widespread destructive practice, replaces an underperforming tool, radically improves efficiency for both products and by-products, or alters how information already available in another form is understood
    • Context(2 points) The extent to which the idea responds to context:
      • Accounts for specific contexts (geographies, beliefs, norms)
      • If a social change, is rooted in a methodology or process
      • If a technology, is not unduly burdened with proprietary rules governing its use(s) and is rooted in a methodology or process
      • Is refined in its purpose and goal
      • Attempts to solve a particular problem (or a set of problems)
    • Spark(1 point) The extent to which the idea:
      • Generates collective excitement for its originality, expression, and potential

Opportunity

There will be fifteen finalists, each finalist will receive:

  • An accolade from The Rockefeller Foundation on the Centennial Website
  • Recognition/publicity at The Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Forum
  • An opportunity to collaborate with The Rockefeller Foundation as it builds the Global Engagement Network, a network of problem solvers focused on our issue areas. The Foundation may also ask select entrants to join the Global Engagement Network. 

In addition to the above, up to nine finalists will be selected to receive funding. Each of these nine finalists will receive:

  • Marketing and positioning support from Context Partners, the challenge designers, including support in refining the idea and developing funding proposals.  

What are the 2012 Innovation Challenges? 
The Foundation wants to find most innovative ideas that could potentially become solutions to specific problems. With The Innovation Challenges, the foundation identifies specific issue areas that need fresh thinking to face 21st century realities. The Rockefeller Foundation seeks to invest in knowledge and innovative ideas that will solve problems for the next 100 years.

What if I have an idea but I don’t know whether it will work?
The Innovation Challenges are all about ideas. If you have an innovative idea that you think will work, submit an entry. The potential grant funding available for the Innovation Challenges finalists will be to support the future development of this idea.

Why would I want to get involved?
By submitting an entry, you will showcase your idea to The Rockefeller Foundation and vie for the:

  • An accolade from The Rockefeller Foundation on the Centennial Website
  • Recognition/publicity at The Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Forum
  • An opportunity to collaborate with The Rockefeller Foundation as it builds the Global Engagement Network, a network of problem solvers focused on our issue areas. The Foundation may also ask select entrants to join the Global Engagement Network. 
  • Opportunity to become eligible to receive one of up to nine $100,000 grants to further develop your idea.
  • Up to $100,000 from The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Marketing and positioning support from Context Partners, the challenge designers, including support in refining the idea and developing funding proposals.  

Submitting an Idea
How do I submit my idea?
Determine the category within which your idea best fits, click on the button that says “Click here to complete the entry form for ISSUE AREA online.” You will complete all required fields in the form and press “Submit”. The website will display a thank-you message and send you a confirmation email to notify you of your completed entry. If you submit a Word document, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 to 48 hours of submission.

Can I edit or change my entry after I’ve submitted it?
No. Please know that your responses are final. You can work on your entry responses in a Word document. You can find the links to the Word documents at http://centennial.rockefellerfoundation.org/challenge. 

I’m having trouble submitting my entry. What can I do?
Send a note at info@innovationchallenges.org and they will help you. If you share your phone number, they will give you a call, be sure to include your country code.

May I submit an entry for more than one issue area of the challenge?
Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the challenge guidelines and as long as the innovation is different.

Can I win more than one challenge?
Yes. As long as you meet the criteria and eligibility requirements for the specific issue area of the challenge, you are eligible to win.

Challenge Process
Who is eligible to submit an entry?
The competition is open to all individuals and organizations (charitable organizations, private companies, or public entities, as well as formal or informal entities, e.g. an association, guild, student group, or village) from all countries. We consider all entries that meet the eligibility requirements, which can be found at http://centennial.rockefellerfoundation.org/pages/challenge-information#Eligibility. 

What are the criteria for winning?
The criteria are featured on the main page of the challenge. In general, the finalists in each category will be scored based on the following: Catalytic Innovation, Impact, Context, and Spark.

Is geography a consideration in the judging?
The Rockefeller Foundation promotes participation from innovators around the world. The judges will evaluate each entry based on its ability to demonstrate catalytic innovation, impact, context, and spark.

When is the deadline for submission?
The deadline for submission is May 25, 2012, 23:59:59 EDT.

Are there awards for the best ideas?
The best ideas will be determined by an esteemed panel of judges will select 15 finalist who will receive recognition at the June Innovation Forum. They may be invited to collaborate with The Rockefeller Foundation as it builds the Global Engagement Network, a network of problem solvers focused on our issue areas. The Foundation may also ask select entrants to join the Global Engagement Network as well.  9 out of 15 finalists will be selected by the Foundation to receive up to $100,000 in grant support to further develop or implement their ideas.

Using the Site
What is the purpose of this site?
The site is a secure repository for all entries. The site will also help The Rockefeller Foundation create a database for the development of the Global Engagement Network. If you do not wish to be a part of the Global Engagement Network, you simply need not check the “Contact me to receive updates about the community of innovators that The Rockefeller Foundation is building!”

Who will have access to my idea once I submit it?
Your entry will be assessed by The Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Challenges team and expert judges. You will retain all intellectual property rights. Your entry will not be published without your express permission.

How do I update my profile?
Your profile will appear whenever you log in, or you can access your profile at other times by clicking on “my profile” at the top of the page. You can update your profile by clicking on the “edit” tab.

Who should I contact if I am having problems with the website?
If you need assistance completing the entry form, please contact the foundation at info@innovationchallenges.org.

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