Designing Prize Competitions

Workshop Description (Director’s Choice Session)
Workshop LeaderJenn Gustetic, NASA, Office of the Chief Technologist

Prize competitions compliment other traditional methods for science and technology advancement including contracts, grants, and partnerships. Prize competitions are often best used when you (1) know what problem you’re trying to solve but don’t need to specify what path should be taken to get there and/or (2) are looking to bring diverse perspectives to problem solving and not just the traditional people that respond to grant calls or requests for proposals (RFPs).

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the US Government’s leader in prize competitions. In this half-day interactive workshop, Jenn Gustetic, NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Program Executive will teach attendees about three inter-related prize topics:

  • What are prizes and how are they useful?
  • How does an organization select topics for specific prize competitions?
  • How are prizes designed and administered?