To be eligible to participate in the Secretary’s RAISE Award competition, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must have been enrolled for at least two semesters at a high school (or equivalent approved home school program), college, or university.

Students may participate and be recognizedas individuals or in groups.  Each member of a team must meet the eligibility criteria.  An individual may join more than one team.  There is no charge to enter the competition.

The following additional rules apply:

  1. Candidates shall submit a project in the competition under the rules promulgated by the Department;                                                                 
  2. Candidates shall agree to execute indemnifications and waivers of claims against the federal government as provided in this Notice;
  3. Candidates may not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of employment;
  4. Candidates may not be an employee of the Department, including but not limited to the Federal Aviation Administration, or the Research and Innovative Technology Administration;
  5. Candidates shall not be deemed ineligible because an individual used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a competition, if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals participating in the competition on an equitable basis;
  6. The competition is subject to all applicable federal laws and regulations.  Participation constitutes the Candidates’ full and unconditional agreement to these rules and to the Secretary’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to this competition;
  7. Submissions which in the Secretary’s sole discretion are determined to be substantially similar to a prior submitted entry may be disqualified;
  8. Submissions must be original, be the work of the Candidates, and must not violate the rights of other parties.  All submissions remain the property of the applicants.  Each Candidate represents and warrants that he, she, or the team, is the sole author and owner of the submission, that the submission is wholly original, that it does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which the Candidate is aware, and, if submitted in electronic form, is free of malware;
  9. By submitting an entry in this contest, contestants and entrants agree to assume any and all risks and waive any claims against the Federal Government and its related entities (except in the case of willful misconduct) for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in this contest, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence of otherwise. Provided, however, that by registering or  submitting an entry, contestants and entrants do not waive claims against the Department arising out of the unauthorized use or disclosure by the agency of the intellectual property, trade secrets, or confidential information of the entrant;
  10. The Secretary and the Secretary’s designees have the right to request access to supporting materials from the Candidates;
  11. The submissions cannot have been submitted in the same or substantially similar form in any previous federally-sponsored promotion or contest of any kind;
  12. Each Candidate grants to the Department, as well as other federal agencies with which it partners, the right to use names, likeness, application materials, photographs, voices, opinions, and/or hometown and state for the Department’s promotional purposes in any media, in perpetuity, worldwide, without further payment or consideration; and
  13. The Secretary collects personal information from Candidates when they enter this competition.  The information collected is subject to the ChallengePost privacy policy located at

To see the challenge rules as posted in the Federal Register, view this document.