GUIDANCE ON AWARD AMOUNTS

GUIDANCE ON AWARD AMOUNTS

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ELIGIBILITY FOR PRIZE BANDS

Competitors can opt into one of two prize bands and request an amount within that band based on the scope of their proposal, and the scale of their existing platform, where applicable. The larger prize band has additional eligibility requirements, and proposals requesting larger amounts within each prize band will be subject to greater scrutiny around risk potential and capacity to scale. Specific eligibility criteria also vary slightly by track.

Catalyst Tools Prizes: Up to $50,000

These prizes are designed for competitors who need an initial spark to get started or scale. Competitors requesting a catalyst tools prize need not have pre-existing users. Proposals for catalyst tools prizes require:

  • A detailed description of the new tool or technology

  • Plan for execution that addresses scale, equity, impact and learning engineering.

  • Commitments from researchers to participate in the project.

  • For the learning science research track: an assurance that their tool or technology will be accessible for no more than at cost to users.

Mid-Scale and Large Tools Prize: $50,001 – $250,000

These prizes are designed for platforms with some scale. Proposals for mid-scale and large prizes require:

  • A detailed description of the new tool or technology

  • Plan for execution that addresses scale, equity, impact and learning engineering.

  • For accelerated learning, assessment, and adult learning tracks: 1) an existing platform upon which the new tool would live with at least active 10,000 users. 2) an outside researcher that has agreed to partner for the project or evidence that the tool could enable research from multiple external researchers.

  • For learning science research track: 1) partnership with a digital learning platform with at least 10,000 users or access to comparable dataset. 2) an assurance that their tool or technology will be accessible for no more than at cost to users.
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