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  • An Award Challenge is an open competition that awards a prize for the best solution to a posted problem. Award Challenges tap into the creativity of the world and have solved important Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) problems. It uses the internet to connect to solvers and taps into the unutilized talent of the world. There are a wide variety of reasons that solvers respond to award challenges. It ranges anywhere from the monetary reward, the thrill of solving a tough problem, a desire to better the world, or the recognition that solvers receive. The reasons are as diverse as the people that respond and people around the world respond to these challenges every day.    IDEA Lab offers Award Challenge and other innovation services to AFRL as well as other government agencies, industry and academia.

    If you would like to explore the use of award challenges to solve a vexing problem fill out and submit the following form. Someone from the Wright Brothers Institute’s IDEA LAb will contact you on how to get started, inform you of the many different types of pavilions, and assist you in developing and posting the challenge.


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