Eligibility and Application

The Spectrum Challenge is open to any U.S. academic institution, business, or individual entity. An applicant may be an individual competing alone or a team representing an academic institution, business, or group of individuals. In the latter cases, only one application per team should be submitted. The person identified as the team leader must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) at time of registration and throughout the competition. Other team members need not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The following requirements apply to Spectrum Challenge applications:

  • Each team must identify the team leader and all team members on the application form.
  • Individuals may be members of only one team.
  • There is no limit on the number of teams an academic institution or business may enter, but a maximum of three teams per entity will be accepted as contestants (please see the Participation section below for more details on becoming a Challenge contestant).

Applications may be withdrawn at any time by emailing the Challenge mailbox at spectrumchallenge@darpa.mil. Questions regarding eligibility and participation should be directed to the Challenge mailbox.

The following groups of individuals are not eligible to participate in this Challenge: 1) employees of the U.S. Government, including spouses and dependents for tax year 2013; 2) DARPA employees and support contractors and their immediate families; 3) employees of Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs); 4) current Rutgers University employees and students; 5) current and former WINLAB employees and students; and 6) current WINLAB industrial affiliates.

The application period closes at 12:00PM EST January 31, 2013

Registration Form