Prize Competitions

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.


    Automated Maintenance of Protection System (AMPS) Challenge

    After the August 2003 blackout, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) developed comprehensive reliability standards including testing requirements to prevent another large power outage. The AMPS Challenge seeks to automate protection systems testing, eliminate outages necessary to accomplish the testing, and improve hydropower plant reliability. Read More →

    Imperfection Detection: Detect Me If You Can

    The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are seeking a portable tool or system for in situ (field) inspection of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite structures that can identify defects or damage accumulated during field service. Read More →

    Water America's Crops

    The Bureau of Reclamation is launching a prize competition to reduce the amount of water seeping from canal infrastructure throughout the West. The Water America's Crops Challenge seeks to improve water delivery efficiency and minimize canal failures for America's agriculture by reducing water seeping from a canal into the ground. Read More →

    More Water, Less Concentrate

    Reclamation is seeking innovative solutions for reducing the volume of concentrate requiring disposal from inland desalination systems in an affordable, environmentally sustainable, and efficient manner to make desalination an attractive option relative to other alternatives in locations where traditional sources of water are inadequate. Read More →

    Canal Safety

    Reclamation is developing a prize competition that will seek innovative concepts/methods/technologies reduce public safety incidents and drownings in a variety water conveyance canal systems. As part of the early development, Reclamation is seeking partnerships to participate in the challenge design, judging, or may have interest in partnering with successful solvers to develop, test, or implement their solution. Read More →


Jennifer Beardsley
Prize Competitions Program Administrator

Last Updated: 4/6/21