Eligibility Criteria

The prize is designed to inspire a broad range of global applicants, and would also like to encourage sub-Saharan African-led innovation.

Open to All

We are open to solutions from individuals, groups, organizations and companies globally, particularly local innovators from sub-Saharan Africa. As part of USAID’s ongoing commitment to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, we particularly encourage competing teams that involve women in all steps of your tool or approach’s formulation, management, and execution.

Local Applicability

Though the call is global and solvers can come from all over the world, the solutions will be tested and applied in field contexts in sub-Saharan Africa.

Willingness to Share Learning

All entrants need to demonstrate a willingness to share their experiences and learning to help establish a body of knowledge that can bring about a sustained change in smallholder farmer outreach, awareness, and action with respect to digital tools and plant health, as well as pest and disease management.

Prototyping Skills

Applicants need to ensure they have the capacity to adapt their existing solution to address FAW, or, to develop a prototype of the solution within the prize time frame. Limited support will be provided to help achieve this, but applicants must be able to develop and test prototypes during the course of the prize, if selected.

Intellectual Property

Applicants must have rights to all of the intellectual property in the submission. Applicants will retain the intellectual property rights to their entry to the prize. Such intellectual property must be clearly marked as proprietary. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are not infringing on the intellectual property of others.

Incomplete Entries

Incomplete entries may be removed from the competition. This applies to any stage of submission for the Prize and also relates to missing documentation that may have been requested.

Applications in English

Entries need to be submitted in English by 14th May 2018, 23:59 ET, and will be assessed against the judging criteria for the Prize.

USAID Responsibility Determination

USAID will conduct a responsibility determination prior to award, to ensure that award to the organization meets applicable U.S. laws, including regulations administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury. For more information, see the OFAC website: http://www.ustreas.gov/ofac, including the list of Specially Designated Nationals.

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