What Should We Know to Better Treat Coronavirus? (2,500 USD Award)

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The answer to this question is: the world, in its entirety, should diagnose critical problems regarding this pandemic and find solutions capable of expanding humankind’s knowledge about Coronavirus and exploring new areas of investigation to help us treat COVID-19.

Summary of the Challenge:

This is an Ideation Challenge designed to engage innovative minds in the fight against COVID-19 from around the world and is asking InnoCentive Solvers to find out distinctive problems or hypotheses intended to enhance our knowledge about Coronavirus.  This problem/challenge could be something that would have led to a more effective response against COVID-19 if we knew that earlier.

This Challenge is conducted by InnoCentive as Solution Seeker with a guaranteed award for at least one presented solution.

Quick hints:

Deadline: submissions must be done by 24 May 2020 (11:59 PM_US Eastern Time)

Award value: $2,500

Active solvers: 406

Challenge ID: 9934287

What is InnoCentive?

InnoCentive is the global creativity marketplace where innovative minds offer solutions to some of the world’s most critical problems for cash awards almost amounting to $1 million. In engagement with InnoCentive, commercial, governmental, and philanthropic organizations solve problems that can have an impact on humanity in spheres extending from the environment to medical developments.

Brief introduction:

This is, to some extent, an unusual Ideation Challenge in the event that solutions are not expected to be provided to a problem by Solvers. However, they have to describe problems or areas needing further analysis and research. The proposed problems will lay the basis of new research projects offered to CDC/WHO/NIH for their consideration after their formation.

As an Ideation Challenge, it has the following distinctive characteristics: 

A payment of at least $500 in total awards is guaranteed by The Seeker meaning that your submission is not necessarily expected to be perfect – it just needs to stand out among others to win an award for you. And InnoCentive predicts paying up to five awards.

Also, the transfer of exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker is not required. Conversely, by submitting your proposal, you grant the Seeker a royalty-free, enduring, non-exclusive license to share the idea you have submitted for this challenge with certain health/government institutions and by extension grant them also the non-exclusive right to practice your idea or to finance labs which also enjoy permit to practice the idea.

About InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a thought-provoking broad question designed to produce new ideas, similar to a universal brainstorm for producing a unique idea or market study which can include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for an existing product, or even an online marketing idea for recruiting new customers. Typically, Ideation™ Challenge submissions are organized in about two written pages, and Seekers secure a non-exclusive, permanent license to benefit from all submissions.

Solvers or applicants could submit an Ideation™ Challenge Submission in the following categories:

  • Submit their own ideas
  • Submit third-party authorized information to use and beyond this the permission to convey that right and the right to apply and develop works to Seekers
  • Submit information deemed in the public domain with no limitations on use

Reminder: Solvers do not have to disclose any classified information in their submissions. Often one or more of the other three Challenge types come after the Ideation™ Challenge for further advancement of the ideas and obtaining Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been clear.

How to submit?

For submitting your submission/proposal you need to register, create an account, and then join the challenge.

Registration is for free.

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