Each Entrant (defined as either a team or individual) must have only one designated team leader. The team leader must be a U.S Citizen or a legal Permanent Resident and must reside in one of the 50 States, Washington, D.C., or a U.S. Territory. Other than the team leader, team members are not required to be U.S. Citizens or to reside in the United States. Citizens of Burma (Myanmar), Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria or persons or companies on the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List maintained by the U.S. Treasury are not eligible to participate in any way in this Competition. There is no limit to the number of individuals on a team.
All entrants must be 13 years of age or older at the time of their submission. Entrants between 13 and 18 years of age will be required to demonstrate the consent of a parent or legal guardian at the time of submission.
Employees, board members, officers, and directors of the Sponsor (U.S. National Science Foundation [NSF]) and the Organizer (American Institute of Biological Sciences [AIBS]) directly involved with the development and/or administration of this Competition and members of their immediate family (parents, siblings, children, spouses, and life partners), as well as individuals living in the same household (whether related or not) are ineligible to submit an entry. Individuals who have provided guidance and consultation to the Sponsor and Organizer for this Competition, including Planning Committee members and any associated working group members, are ineligible to submit.
Entrants must have access to the Internet as of the Competition deadline. Entry and registrant information must be submitted in English. Participants must self-certify their eligibility as part of the online submission.
Entrants cannot include any Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of their employment. This includes any U.S. Government organization or organization principally or substantially funded by the Federal Government, including Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, Government-owned, contractor operated (GOCO) facilities, and University Affiliated Research Centers.
An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during the Competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the Competition on an equitable basis.
AIBS and NSF reserve the right to verify eligibility of any Entrants and winners, and reserve the right to disqualify Entrants at any time if, in NSF's and AIBS' determination, Entrants do not meet the Applicant Eligibility requirements.
Winning the prize Competition is contingent upon the Entrants fulfilling all of the requirements set forth in the Rules and Eligibility guidelines.
Entrants must be aged 13 years or older on the date of submission. Those under 18 years of age (minors) as of their submission date require parental or legal guardian consent to submit to the Competition. Submissions must be made through the official contest entry form. Any minors on a team must have their parents or legal guardian submit consent on the appropriate part of the submission Web site.
Children of employees of the NSF directly involved with the development and/or administration of the contest, Competition judges, consultants for the Competition, employees of AIBS directly involved with the development and/or administration of the contest, contest Sponsor institutions, or current AIBS board members are ineligible to enter.
Should a Minor Entrant make it to the final round, s/he must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or a responsible individual over the age of 18 as designated by a parent or legal guardian.
In order for a Minor Entrant to accept the grand prize, parental or legal guardian consent must be given to the NSF and AIBS to use the name and likeness of the grand prize winner in contest-related communications.