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Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in coordination with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is soliciting innovative solutions for entry into the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in coordination with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), is soliciting innovative solutions for entry into the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prize Competitions (Prize Competition). The 2019 John Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (P.L.116-9) established the Theodore Roosevelt Genius Prizes, which seek to catalyze technological innovation to advance wildlife and habitat conservation. Funding for the prizes are from FWS.

The FWS and NFWF hope to engage the public and our non-traditional partners to help address six important issues. P.L.116-9 created five prize categories, including:

  • Prevention of Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking
  • Promotion of Wildlife Conservation
  • Management of Invasive Species
  • Protection of Endangered Species
  • Nonlethal Management of Human-Wildlife Conflicts

The 2020 America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (P.L. 116-188) amended the Prize Competition and added a sixth prize category:

  • Reduce Human-Predator Conflict through Non-Lethal Means 

Each of the six prize categories is worth up to $100,000. Prize winners may have opportunities to pilot and implement winning technologies. 

The problem statements for each prize category, the terms and conditions, and the submission requirements can be found on the Application Information tab as well as at Challenge.gov

To apply, go to Challenge.gov.

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Application Information


03/01/2022 Reducing Human-Predator Conflict View Now
03/01/2022 Protecting Endangered Species View Now
03/01/2022 Promotion of Wildlife Conservation View Now
03/01/2022 Prevention of Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking View Now
03/01/2022 Nonlethal Management of Human-Wildlife Conflict View Now
03/01/2022 Managing Invasive Species View Now