The Paul G. Allen Ocean Challenge Terms and Conditions

PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY PRIOR TO SUBMITTING A CONCEPT. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO SUBMIT A CONCEPT. OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE OLDER THAN EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OR ORGANIZATIONS. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

The Paul G. Allen Ocean Challenge (the "Ocean Challenge") is offered by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (the "PGA Foundation") in collaboration with The Oceanography Society for the most promising new science-based concept for mitigating environmental and/or societal impacts of ocean acidification. By submitting a concept to the Ocean Challenge, you ( the "Applicant" or "You") agree that your participation will be governed by and you will abide by, all of the following terms and conditions (the "Terms and Conditions") outlined herein below:

1. Mission: The PGA Foundation seeks to attract submissions ("Submissions") that would provide a better understanding of the impact of ocean acidification on different parts of the marine ecosystem and mitigation strategies that might reduce the environmental or societal impacts of ocean acidification. Concepts may focus on natural processes and/or human activities that benefit society. They can be global, regional, or local in scope, and may address a single species/activity or whole ecosystems/industries.

2. Eligibility: The Ocean Challenge is open to anyone over the age of eighteen (18) years, regardless of nationality or institutional affiliation, and may represent individuals, teams or organizations. Applicants must be prepared to provide an IRS Form W-9 or applicable Form W-8. While Submissions must be firmly rooted in science and should include elements of new basic research, concepts must show a high probability of leading to future demonstrations of a new capability. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary efforts that seek to apply concepts across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

3. Submission Period: The Submission Period for the Ocean Challenge begins at 9:00AM Eastern Time (ET) on April 1, 2013 and ends at 11:59PM ET on July 31, 2013 (the "Submission Period").

4. How to Submit a Concept: To submit a concept, visit the Ocean Challenge website at www.pgafamilyfoundation.org/oceanchallenge (the "Site") during the Submission Period and follow the submission instructions. All Submissions must be in the English language and must be received in their entireties by the PGA Foundation via the Site by no later than 11:59PM ET on July 31, 2013 to be eligible. Each Applicant must fully complete the Submission Form found on the Site. Length restrictions vary by input box and can be found on the Submission Form. Applicants may submit more than one concept, but only one concept may be submitted at a time on a Submission Form. Submission Forms consisting of multiple concepts may be subject to disqualification.

5. Submission Guidelines and Restrictions: Applicant certifies to the best of its knowledge the Submission complies with the following Guidelines and Restrictions:

  • The Submission does not contain information that is illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, slanderous, tortious, invasive of privacy, harmful, abusive, harassing, defamatory, pornographic, indecent, offensive, or promotes bigotry or racism;
  • The Submission does not disparage the PGA Family Foundation or The Oceanography Society or any other person or party affiliated with the promotion and administration of the Ocean Challenge.
  • The Submission does not contain footage, images or artwork, only text may be submitted.
  • The Submission does not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the Submission was created.

By submitting a concept, each Applicant certifies that the Applicant has the authority to submit the Submission; and that the Applicant's Submission complies with these Terms and Conditions in full. The PGA Foundation reserves the right in their sole discretion to disqualify and/or not accept any Submission that it determines does not or is likely not to comply with these guidelines, or to request changes to any Submission as are necessary to make it compliant. Upon mutual agreement, the Applicant will make changes as requested.

6. Judging: If you choose, Submissions will be made available on the Site for community comment starting August 1, 2013. Only the title, the main text of the concept description and the statement of expected impact of each Submission will be made available for public comment through the Site. The public comment period will close August 31, 2013. The Submissions and public comments will be evaluated by a panel of international experts in the field of ocean ecosystems. Finalists will be selected and notified on September 15, 2013. The award winner will be invited to attend and present their concept in a Town Hall session at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii from February 23-27, 2014. The award winner will then be invited to submit a proposal to and be eligible to receive a grant from the PGA Foundation. Other finalists might also be invited to submit a proposal, but this will be at the discretion of the PGA Foundation. Those invited to submit grant proposals to the PGA Foundation that are individuals must be affiliated with a charitable institution or registered organization to be eligible to submit a grant proposal.

7. Disputes: The PGA Foundation operates the Site from Seattle, Washington, United States of America. The laws applicable to the interpretation of these Terms and Conditions shall be the laws of the State of Washington without reference to its conflict of law provisions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if Applicant's institution is a State university then the laws of the Applicant's institution's State shall govern.

8. Indemnity: By submitting a concept, Applicant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the PGA Foundation, its subsidiaries and affiliates and their respective officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims, demands, costs and liabilities, including reasonable attorneys' fees, arising out of Applicant's participation in the Ocean Challenge but only in proportion to and to the extent such claims, demands, costs and liabilities and attorneys' fees are caused by or result from the negligent or intentional acts or omissions of Applicant, its officers, employees or agents.. Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in the event of any claim by a third party affecting or relating to the Submission, the PGA Foundation shall have, in addition to any other rights available to them, at law or in equity, the right to immediately revoke any award.

9. Disclaimer: NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY, IN NO EVENT SHALL THE PGA FOUNDATION BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION LOST PROFITS, LOSS OF USE, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, OR LOSS OF DATA, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE SITE, THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, OR MATERIALS DESCRIBED THEREIN, THE OPERATION OF THE SITE, ANY APPLICATION, INFORMATION, OR REQUEST SUBMITTED TO US THROUGH THE SITE, AND/OR THE SERVICES DESCRIBED THEREIN, EVEN IF PGA FOUNDATION IS EXPRESSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THE PGA FOUNDATION'S LIABILITY TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTY IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE IS LIMITED TO A MAXIMUM OF $100.

10. Miscellaneous: If any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions. The PGA Foundation may assign these terms of use at any time. All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

Last updated July 3, 2013