Prize Competitions spur innovation by engaging a non-traditional solver community. Competitions can complement traditional research and target Reclamation’s most persistent science and technology challenges. Competitions use prizes to incentivize solvers to submit solutions and are open to a solver community that includes members of the public, businesses, and other organizations.
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a Water Supply Forecast Rodeo prize competition to spur innovation and advancements in methods for seasonal water supply prediction. Water supply forecasts are crucial for effective water resource management in the Western U.S. Improved forecast accuracy will help water managers mitigate the impacts of drought, improve hydropower generation, and meet environmental targets. Read More →
Reclamation’s Imperfection Detection Challenge sought portable tools to non-destructively evaluate the condition of existing fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite structures. Reclamation awarded Team Permittivity $25,000 for their Imperfection Detection prototype. Although the submitted prototype did not meet full award requirements, the novel approach showed good promise as a low-cost future solution. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation announced the winners of the Divide and Conquer Challenge. This challenge seeks to significantly improve the execution speed of numerical models that simulate hydraulics, sediment erosion, transport, and deposition in rivers and reservoirs. Read More →
Reclamation Advances Team Permittivity to Phase 3 in Imperfection Detection Prize Competition
The Bureau of Reclamation is excited to announce that Team Permittivity has successfully met the Phase 2 requirements for the Imperfection Detection Challenge, which is seeking portable tools to non-destructively evaluate the condition of existing fiber reinforced polymer FRP composite structures. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation has selected phase one winners for the Veg Out prize competition seeking sustainable solutions to manage aquatic vegetation in canals. Winning ideas will share in a total prize purse of $345,000. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation selected two winners for the Water America's Crops Challenge for their ideas to improve water delivery by reducing water seeping from canals. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation selected eight solutions to each receive $10,000 and continue in the Counting Every Drop Challenge. This challenge is seeking precipitation measurement devices that are reliable, accurate, low maintenance, and able to operate in remote areas in extreme weather conditions. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition seeking sustainable solutions to manage aquatic vegetation in canals. Winning ideas will share in a total prize purse of $345,000. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation selected winners for the More Water Less Concentrate Challenge, a prize competition that sought to develop innovative, affordable, and environmentally sound solutions to reduce the volume of concentrate and generate more usable water from inland desalination plants. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation selected winners for the Snowcast Showdown, a prize competition for improved snowpack water estimating techniques throughout the West. Read More →
Reclamation awards $150,000 to winners of AMPS Challenge improving reliability in hydropower plants.
The Bureau of Reclamation selected two top solutions for the Automated Maintenance of Protection Systems prize competitions. Read More →
In The Spotlight: Streamflow Forecast Rodeo: In March 2022, Reclamation announced the 10 winners for the yearlong Streamflow Forecast Rodeo prize competition. Read More →
TThe Bureau of Reclamation announced the phase I Divide and Conquer Challenge winners. This challenge seeks to significantly improve the execution speed of numerical models that simulate river hydraulics, sediment erosion, transport, and deposition in rivers and streams. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation announced the phase two winners of the Guardians of the Reservoir competition. The three winning teams advance to the third and final phase of the competition.
The competition challenges competitors to design solutions for removing sedimentation deposits in reservoirs. Sedimentation builds up reducing a reservoir’s storage capacity potentially preventing a dam from functioning properly. Read More →
Reclamation has selected 10 winners from the yearlong Streamflow Forecast Rodeo prize competition. Contestants developed methods for making 10-day streamflow forecasts for multiple locations across the Western United States and entries were judged based on how closely those predictions matched the actual streamflow. Winners will share the $435,000 in prize money. Read More →
In the Spotlight: Snowcast Showdown: This competition launched on December 7, 2021 and seeks improved methods to estimate the snow water equivalent over the Western United States using near real-time data sources. Read More →
The Bureau of Reclamation announced the winner of the Canal Safety Challenge today. Isotrope, LLC of Medfield, Massachusetts, will receive $100,000 for its innovative idea to improve canal safety.
Competing against two other finalists in November 2021, Isotrope, LLC’s Rescue Deck™ prototype successfully showed the potential to reduce drownings in canals after testing in Reclamation Technical Service Center’s Hydraulics Laboratory in Denver. Read More →
12/07/21 WASHINGTON -. Developing better techniques to determine the amount of water stored as snowpack provides water managers more accurate information to make better water management decisions. This competition is divided into two tracks. In track one, participants develop a model and calibrate it using historical information. The effectiveness and accuracy of the test model will be evaluated during the winter and spring using real-time snowpack measurements. For track two, models in the first track are eligible to submit a report that discusses their solution and approaches to solving the problem in track one. Read More →
Reclamation launches prize competition seeking new ideas to improve sediment modeling in river systems
9/08/21 WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a new prize competition to improve the model currently used to calculate the sediment transport rate in a river system. It is specifically looking for solutions to improve the execution speed of models that simulate river hydraulics, sediment erosion, transport, and deposition. Read More →
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Reclamation awards $125,000 in first phase of prize competition seeking new inland purification methods to increase usable water
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation selected five teams to share $125,000 in the first phase of the More Water Less Concentrate Prize Competition. This competition challenged the public to develop innovative solutions to reduce byproducts that require additional treatment and disposal and increase freshwater supplies from inland desalination plants. Read More →
WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Reclamation selected the Canal Safety Challenge finalists to test their prototypes to reduce accidents and drownings around canals. The Greenfields Irrigation District, Isotope LLC, and WGM Group, Inc will each receive $50,000 for testing at the Reclamation Technical Service Center's Hydraulics Laboratory in Denver, Colorado. Read More →