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Everglades Foundation Launches $10 Million Grand Prize for Water Pollution Solution

Do you have an experimental solution that meets the global need to remove phosphorus from freshwater bodies? The Everglades Foundation is dedicating four years and a grand prize of $10 million dollars to showing the world just how serious phosphorus water pollution is. Stage 1 of the competition is now open for entries. The deadline for Phase 1 entries is August 31, 2015.

The four year timetable allows for the development, testing and production of a phosphorus-removal technology that's ready to solve a local to global environmental problem. The four competition stages will allow competitors to join at a stage that matches the development of your solution. The deadline for Phase 2 is October 31 and for Phase 3 it is December 31.

With this first stage, any and all participants are encouraged to register and join the Prize by showcasing promising early-stage technologies. This stage is composed of three open call phases _for participants to demonstrate their results.

Innovators, researchers, students and scientists are all encouraged to enter, as well as any and all that have promising innovative ideas for reducing phosphorus pollutions. To do so, you’ll need to provide some insights to your innovation, by describing your experiment design and demonstrating how your technology reduces phosphorus concentrations in water. By entering, you’ll get the chance to have your early stage technologies judged by experts in the field and potentially win prize money, and winners will be eligible to participate in subsequent competition stages. Here’s how the prizes work:

Phase 1: $5,000 July-August

To the best score in the first phosphorus removal test phase.

Phase 2: $5,000 September-October

To the best score in the second phosphorus removal test phase.

Phase 3: $25,000 November-December

To the highest score at any point over the entire 6 months of Stage 1.

All phases are open call. Re-application to a later phase is encouraged.

Winners of Phases 1 and 2 will automatically advance to Phase 3 and be recognized at the George Barley Water Prize public launch event.

Stage 1 winners who meet entry requirements are invited to advance to Stage 2.

Full details, including instructions, technical requirements, and a submission template are available here.

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