Rules and Requirements for Detect to Protect: A Live Animal Test for CWD
In order to be eligible for review, recognition and award, the submission and participant(s) must meet the following requirements:
The submissions will be judged by a panel of subject-matter expert(s) selected by USDA. The panel consists of USDA and non-USDA experts who will judge the submissions according to the judging criteria identified above in order to select winners. Judges will not (A) have personal or financial interests in, or be an employee, officer, director, or agent of any entity that is a registered participant in a contest; or (B) have a familial or financial relationship with an individual who is a registered participant.
The decisions of the Judging panel for the contest will be announced in accordance with the dates noted in the “Important Dates” section of these rules. USDA will not make all participants’ evaluation results from the Judging panel available to participants or the public.
ALL CONTEST WINNERS WILL BE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION OF IDENTITY, QUALIFICATIONS AND ROLE IN THE CREATION OF THE SUBMISSION BY USDA.
In the sole discretion of USDA, a potential winner will be deemed ineligible to win if: (i) the person/entity cannot be contacted; (ii) the person/entity fails to provide Participant Eligibility Verification within the required time period; (iii) the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable; or (iv) the submission or person/entity is disqualified for any other reason. In the event of a disqualified winner, Sensis, in their sole discretion, may award the applicable prize to an alternate winner, when applicable.
A challenge submission can be from an individual or a team. Whether as an individual or team member, each person can only participate on one submission. If a team of individuals, a corporation, or an organization is selected as a prize winner, Sensis will award a single dollar amount to the Official Representative. The Official Representative is solely responsible for allocating any prize amount among its member participants as they deem appropriate. Sensis will not arbitrate, intervene, advise on, or resolve any matters between entrant members. It will be up to the winning team(s) to reallocate the prize money among its member participants, if they deem it appropriate.
By submitting an entry, each participant represents and warrants that the participant is the sole author and copyright owner of the submission; that the submission is an original work of the participant and that the participant has acquired sufficient rights to use and to authorize others, including the USDA, to use the submission, as specified throughout the Official Rules, that the submission does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other third party rights of which the participant is aware; and that the submission is free of malware.
By submitting an entry, the participant represents and warrants that all information submitted is true and complete to the best of the participant’s knowledge, that the participant has the right and authority to submit the entry on the participant’s own behalf or on behalf of the persons and entities that the participant specifies within the entry, and that the entry (both the information and materials submitted in the entry and the underlying technology/method/idea/treatment protocol/solution described in the entry):
By making a submission to this prize competition, each participant agrees that no part of its submission includes any Trade Secret information, ideas or products. All submissions to this prize competition are deemed non-proprietary. Since USDA does not wish to receive or hold any submitted materials “in confidence” it is agreed that, with respect to the participant’s entry, no confidential or fiduciary relationship or obligation of secrecy is established between USDA and the participant, the participant’s team, or the company or institution the participant represents when submitting an entry, or any other person or entity associated with any part of the participant’s entry.
This document outlines the Official Rules for the USDA-ARS Detect to Protect Challenge: A Live-animal Test for CWD. Nothing within this document or in any documents supporting the Detect to Protect Challenge shall be construed as obligating the USDA or any other Federal agency or instrumentality to any expenditure of appropriated funds, or any obligation or expenditure of funds in excess of or in advance of available appropriations.
The challenge is subject to all applicable federal laws and regulations. Participation constitutes each participant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and administrative decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the contest. Eligibility for a prize award is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. This notice is not an obligation of funds; the final award of prizes is contingent upon the availability of appropriations.
Participation is subject to all U.S. federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participants are responsible for checking applicable laws and regulations in their jurisdiction(s) before participating in the prize competition to ensure that their participation is legal. The USDA shall not, by virtue of conducting this prize competition, be responsible for compliance by participants in the prize competition with Federal Law including licensing, export control, and nonproliferation laws, and related regulations. Individuals entering on behalf of or representing a company, institution or other legal entity are responsible for confirming that their entry does not violate any policies of that company, institution or legal entity.
Sensis is solely responsible for administrative decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the contest.
In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the participant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person or legal entity assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Participants and potential winners may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.
The winners of these prizes (collectively, “Winners”) will be featured on the USDA website, newsletters, social media, and other outreach materials.
Except where prohibited, participation in the contest constitutes each winner’s consent to the USDAs’ and its agents’ use of each winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state information for promotional purposes through any form of media, worldwide, without further permission, payment or consideration.
Any and all information provided by or obtained from the Federal Government is without any warranty or representation whatsoever, including but not limited to its suitability for any particular purpose. Upon registration, all participants agree to assume and, thereby, have assumed any and all risks of injury or loss in connection with or in any way arising from participation in this contest, development of any application or the use of any application by the participants or any third-party. Upon registration, except in the case of willful misconduct, all participants agree to and, thereby, do waive and release any and all claims or causes of action against the Federal Government and its officers, employees and agents for any and all injury and damage of any nature whatsoever (whether existing or thereafter arising, whether direct, indirect, or consequential and whether foreseeable or not), arising from their participation in the contest, whether the claim or cause of action arises under contract or tort. Upon registration, all participants agree to and, thereby, shall indemnify and hold harmless the Federal Government and its officers, employees and agents for any and all injury and damage of any nature whatsoever (whether existing or thereafter arising, whether direct, indirect, or consequential and whether foreseeable or not), including but not limited to any damage that may result from a virus, malware, etc., to Government computer systems or data, or to the systems or data of end-users of the software and/or application(s) which results, in whole or in part, from the fault, negligence, or wrongful act or omission of the participants or participants’ officers, employees or agents.
All materials submitted to Sensis as part of a submission become official records and cannot be returned. Any confidential commercial information contained in a submission should be designated at the time of submission. Submitters will be notified of any Freedom of Information Act requests for their submissions in accordance with 29 C.F.R. § 70.26.
Participants should keep in mind that the Sensis considers universal accessibility to information a priority for all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. In this regard, the Sensis is strongly committed to meeting its compliance obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, to ensure the accessibility of its programs and activities to individuals with disabilities. This obligation includes acquiring accessible electronic and information technology. When evaluating submissions for this contest, the extent to which a submission complies with the requirements for accessible technology required by Section 508 will be considered.
Sensis reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the challenge, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, or any other factor beyond Sensis’ reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the contest, as determined by Sensis in its sole discretion.