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 2012-2013;

   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), (b) and (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/nibib/file/Training/NIBIB_DEBUT_Certification_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 only one entry into this challenge through one member of the Student Team appointed as “Corresponding Student” by that Student Team. The Corresponding Student will carry out all correspondence regarding the Student Team’s entry.


5. The Corresponding Student will submit a Student Team’s entry on behalf of the Student Team by following the links and instructions at http://debut2013.challenge.gov/ and certify that the entry meets all the challenge rules.


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

  • Diagnostic Devices/Methods, e.g., Sensors, imaging devices, imaging agents, telehealth, clinical laboratory diagnostics
  • Therapeutic Devices/Methods, e.g., Implants, biomaterials, surgical tools, tissue engineering, drug and gene delivery
  • 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.


7. 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/.


8. 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.


9. Each entry must be submitted as a single pdf file and must include the following:

  1. 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 (1) the entry was achieved by the named Student Team, (2) all members of the Student Team were enrolled full-time in an undergraduate curriculum during the academic year 2012-2013, and (3) describing clearly any contribution from the advisor or any other individual outside the Student Team (Please note that the purpose of this letter is not to recommend or support the entry, but to address these 3 specific points);
  2. Completed Certification Form (downloadable from http://www.nibib.nih.gov/nibib/file/Training/NIBIB_DEBUT_Certification_Form.pdf) completed with dates and the printed names and signatures of each individual member of the Student Team;
  3. Completed Cover Page (downloadable from http://www.nibib.nih.gov/nibib/file/Training/NIBIB_DEBUT_Cover_Page.doc listing project title, team member information and challenge category the entry is submitted under;
  4. For each individual on the Student Team who is under the age of 18, a completed Parental Consent Form, accessible at http://www.challenge.gov/parental_consent_form.pdf;
  5. Project Description (not to exceed 6 pages using Arial font and a font size of at least 11 points) that includes the following 4 sections:
  •       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)

The 6-page limit includes any graphics, but excludes the cover page and any references. Submissions exceeding 6 pages for the project description will not be accepted. An optional 2-minute video displaying the operation of the device/method may be included. However the 6-page Project Description must be a stand-alone explanation of the project.

 10. 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.


11. All entries must be submitted by the challenge deadline, June 6, 2013, 11:59 PM EST.


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.

Winning Student Teams will be honored at the NIBIB DEBUT Award Ceremony during the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) in Seattle, Washington in September 2013. Updated information on the BMES annual meeting can be found at http://bmes.org/annualmeeting. Each winning Student Team will receive, in addition to the prize, up to $2,000 toward the travel and registration costs for the members of the Student Team to attend the award ceremony. Travel must comply with National Institutes of Health policy and applicable laws and regulations (http:/oma.od.nih.gov/manualchapters/management/1500/), for example:

-    Air travel must be by coach class, unless an alternative is medically necessary and documented.

-    If you choose to drive to the meeting instead of taking a common carrier (airplane, train or bus), you may be reimbursed at 51 cents per mile, not to exceed the cost of common carrier.

-    Limousine/taxi reimbursements are provided to and from airports as well as to and from meetings. Receipts are required whenever a fare exceeds $75 per trip.

-    Per diem rates include lodging, and meals and incidental expenses (M&IE). Reimbursement for these varies by city. The current allowable room rate and the M&IE for the award ceremony location can be found at http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/21287.

Honorable mention awardees are welcome to attend the award ceremony with funds from other sources; NIBIB will not provide travel reimbursement for Student Teams awarded with Honorable Mention.