This challenge seeks technology-based products to decrease the acceptability of and engagement in high-risk drinking among college students.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, announces a new opportunity for individuals and organizations to help prevent high-risk drinking among college students.  Excessive and underage drinking among college students are significant public health problems on college and university campuses across the United States, which often result in life-altering consequences such as death, injury, assault, sexual abuse, unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, academic difficulties, suicide attempts, and alcohol dependence.  SAMHSA is seeking solutions to this problem through cost-effective, portable, technology-based products that effectively reach a diverse population of college students and their parents, as well as administrators, faculty, and staff, and that can be adapted to meet the local needs of these institutions throughout the United States.  Technology-based products may include, but are not limited to, web applications, mobile apps, short message services (SMS), and podcasts.

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Eligibility

To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an entrant:

  1. Shall register to participate in the competition under the rules promulgated by SAMHSA;
  2. Shall comply with all requirements under this section;
  3. In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States;
  4. May not be a federal entity or federal employee acting within the scope of their employment;
  5. May not be a federal employee working on their application or submission during assigned duty hours;
  6. May not be an employee of SAMHSA;
  7. Federal grantees may not use federal funds to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their grant award; and
  8. Federal contractors may not use federal funds from a contract to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission. 

An entrant will not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all entrants participating in the competition on an equitable basis.

For complete rules, please refer to the Federal Register Announcement of Requirements and Registration, located online at http://1.usa.gov/11fi06i.

Requirements

Each entrant shall submit a written proposal (maximum of 20 double-spaced pages, not including appendices, and hereafter referred to as Submission) that describes the product’s design, performance, and developer’s qualifications (for more detailed information, read the section titled “Basis upon Which Winners Will Be Selected”).  Up to five finalists will advance to the final product evaluation phase, during which time those entrants will participate in a proof-of-concept meeting with federal staff to discuss and demonstrate their technology-based product.

For complete rules, please refer to the Federal Register Announcement of Requirements and Registration, located online at http://1.usa.gov/11fi06i.

How to enter

To register for this Challenge, entrants must visit the www.challenge.gov website and search for “Technology-based Products to Reduce High-Risk Drinking among College Students Challenge.”  A registration link for the Challenge can be found on the landing page under the challenge description. For complete rules, please refer to the Federal Register Announcement of Requirements and Registration, located online at http://1.usa.gov/11fi06i.

Judges

Prevention Challenge Team

Prevention Challenge Team

Judging Criteria

  • Basis upon Which Finalists Will Be Selected
    Product Design (50 points max); Product Performance (40 points max); Project Personnel (10 points max). For complete judging criterion, see the Federal Register Announcement of Requirements and Registration, located online at http://1.usa.gov/11fi06i.