FAQs

Who can enter?

  • Competition is open to legal residents of the Group of Seven or G7 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States
  • Entry is limited to graduate students pursuing their PhD at one of the internationally recognized universities and Post Doc associates and young researchers with less than 5 years since PhD graduation.
  • If entrant is applying for funding outside the United States, there must be an active partnership with a university or research institute in the US.

Do I have to be 18 to enter?

All entrants/participants must be 18 years of age or older

International or only US?

Competition is open to legal residents of the Group of Seven or G7 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States

What are the criteria for judging?

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Uniqueness and originality
  • Functionality
  • Scalability
  • Level of Risk
  • Limitations

Team entries or only individual?

Each eligible individual is allowed to participate in this contest as an individual or as a member of a team. Qualified candidates cannot participate in more than one team.

Already receiving funding from another source – am I eligible?

Yes, you are eligible and any public or private sources of funding must be disclosed.

Who are judges?

Dr. Susan Avery • Board of Directors, Exxon and former Director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Carol Anne Clayson • Director of the Center for Air-Sea Interaction and Marine Atmospheric Sciences and a Senior Scientist in the Department of Physical Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Jim Bellingham • Director of the Center for Marine Robotics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Dr. Greg Aloia • College of Education, East Tennessee State University

Jill Zande • President at Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Inspiration for Innovation

Admiral Jon White • CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) and retired US Navy officer

David Golden • President of Eastman Foundation

CeeGee McCord • Vice President of Eastman Foundation