One Million Dollar Prize for Digital Innovation to Capture Info From Museum Drawers

Release Date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Photo credit: Reed Beaman, NSF, BIO


The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) launched the Beyond the Box National Digitization Innovation Competition on December 5, 2014.

Through this competition, one million dollars will be awarded to the individual or team that “develops a novel way to accurately and efficiently capture digital images of insect specimens and their associated data from a standard museum drawer.”

Official contest rules and guidance are available at Questions about the contest must be submitted through the website, where the questions and answers will be posted.

The contest opened on Dec. 5 and will close on Sept. 4, 2015 EST at 11:59 p.m. A winner will be selected following a competitive judging process and on-site demonstration by the finalists.

To learn more, read the NSF press release, or visit the competition's Web site.