1. To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, each individual on the Student Team must     

   a) Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;     

   b) Be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time in an undergraduate curriculum during the academic year 2011-2012;    

   c) Have his/her own active Challenge.gov account that he/she has created at www.challenge.gov;    

   d) Form or join a “Student Team” with at least two other individuals who satisfy the criteria in (a) through (c) above for the purpose of developing an entry for submission to this challenge. While it is expected that most of the individuals participating in the competition may be students from biomedical engineering departments, interdisciplinary teams including students from other fields are welcome and encouraged;      

   e) Acknowledge understanding and acceptance of the DEBUT challenge rules by signing the NIBIB DEBUT Challenge Certification Form found at http://www.nibib.nih.gov/Training/UndergradGrad/DEBUT/Form.pdf.Each entry must include one NIBIB DEBUT Challenge Certification Form, completed with dates and the printed names and signatures of each individual member of the Student Team. Entries that do not provide a complete Certification Form will be disqualified from the challenge;    

   f) Comply with all the requirements under this section; and    

   g) Not be a Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment. Federal employees seeking to participate in this challenge outside the scope of their employment should consult their ethics official prior to developing a submission. 

2. By participating in this challenge, each individual agrees to abide by all rules of this challenge and the Challenge.gov Terms of Participation (http://challenge.gov/terms). 

3. Each entry into this challenge must have been conceived, designed, and implemented by the Student Team. Student Teams participating in capstone design projects are especially encouraged to enter the challenge.

4. Each Student Team may submit one entry into this challenge through one member of the Student Team appointed to do so by that Student Team (e.g., the “captain” or “submitting participant” of that Student Team). 

5. Each entry into this challenge must describe an original biomedical engineering project that falls into one of the following 3 categories:    

   a) Diagnostic Devices/Methods e.g., Sensors, imaging devices, imaging agents, telehealth, clinical laboratory diagnostics    

   b) Therapeutic Devices/Methods  e.g., Implants, biomaterials, surgical tools, tissue engineering, drug and gene delivery    

   c) Technology to Aid Underserved Populations and Individuals with Disabilities  e.g., Point-of-care technologies, devices/methods to address health disparities, m-health, aids for individuals with disabilities (See http://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm#12102 for a definition of “disability”.)   The examples under the different categories above are provided for illustration but not limitation. It is possible for an entry to fit into more than one category. In such instances, Student Teams should choose the category to which the entry is most closely related.  

6. Each entry must comply with Section 508 standards that require federal agencies’ electronic and information technology be accessible to people with disabilities, http://www.section508.gov/.

7. Each individual on the Student Team must be 13 years of age or older. Individuals who are younger than 18 must have their parent or legal guardian complete the Parental Consent Form found at http://www.challenge.gov/parental_consent_form.pdf

8. Each entry must:     

   a. Include the following:        

     · Cover letter, on department letterhead, from a faculty member from the Biomedical Engineering, Bioengineering or similar department of the institution in which the Student Team members are enrolled, verifying that the entry was achieved by the named Student Team that is enrolled full-time in an undergraduate curriculum during the academic year 2011-2012;        

     · The NIBIB DEBUT Challenge Certification Form (downloadable from http://www.nibib.nih.gov/Training/UndergradGrad/DEBUT/Form.pdf), completed with dates and the printed names and signatures of each individual member of the Student Team;        

     · Project Title        

     · Team members and affiliations        

     · Challenge category        

     · Abstract        

     · Description of clinical need or problem, including background and current methods available        

     · Design, including a discussion of the innovative aspects        

     · Evidence of a working prototype (results/graphics obtained with the designed solution)        

     · A completed Parental Consent Form, accessible at http://www.challenge.gov/parental_consent_form.pdf, for each individual on the Student Team who is under the age of 18     

   b. Use Arial font and a font size of at least 11 points    

   c. Not exceed 6 pages, including any graphics. Submissions exceeding 6 pages will not be accepted. An optional 2-minute video displaying the operation of the device/method may be included. However the 6-page write-up must be a stand-alone description of the project.

9. NIBIB will claim no rights to intellectual property. Individuals on the Student Team will retain intellectual property ownership as applicable arising from their entry. By participating in this challenge, such individuals grant to NIBIB an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free, nonexclusive worldwide license to post, link to, share, and display publicly the entry on the Web, newsletters or pamphlets, and other information products. It is the responsibility of the individuals on the Student Team to obtain any rights necessary to use, disclose, or reproduce any intellectual property owned by third parties and incorporated in the entry for all anticipated uses of the entry.

10. One individual appointed by his/her Student Team (e.g., the “captain” or “submitting participant”) will submit a Student Team’s entry on behalf of the Student Team by following the links and instructions at http://debut.challenge.gov/ and certify that the entry meets all the challenge rules.  

11. All entries must be submitted by the challenge deadline, May 26, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT.

12. Entries must not infringe upon any copyright or any other rights of any third party. 

13. By participating in this challenge, each individual agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in this prize challenge, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

14. Based on the subject matter of the challenge, the type of work that it will possibly require, as well as an analysis of the likelihood of any claims for death, bodily injury, or property damage, or loss potentially resulting from challenge participation, individuals are not required to obtain liability insurance or demonstrate financial responsibility in order to participate in this challenge.

15. By participating in this challenge, each individual agrees to indemnify the Federal Government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to challenge activities.

16. An individual shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during this challenge if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals participating in the challenge on an equitable basis.