Trash, Sustainability, and the Environment

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Trash

Trash only continues to rise with urban expansion. How can we reduce the amount of trash and lessen its impact on the earth, as well as develop new methods of sustainability and work to protect our environment?


The Projects

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Outbreeding enhancement of an elite variety of algae

The domestication of algae is a key requirement for lowering the cost of algae farming in order to make it economical...

Assessing the geological life cycle of microplastics in the marine system

Microplastics are ubiquitous in marine sediments, and many have unique chemical signatures. This makes them...

Identifying toxin biosynthesis pathways that cause death of marine life during Heterostigma akashiwo bloom

Heterosigma akashiwo is a unicellular algae that cause Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and has been associated with...

What is the distribution of microfibers and plastic debris in the water column of the Salish Sea and Inside Passage?

Most people are not aware that enormous quantities of microfibers and plastic not readily visible to the naked...

Scope of Public School Recycling on Long Island (NY)

Long Island has relatively poor recycling rates. We want to relate local recycling to school recycling programs...

How deep are microplastics in the sea? Understanding wind-driven vertical mixing

Microplastics – small bits of plastic millimeters or smaller in size – that float in the ocean are carried by...

Discovering natural antibiotics from extremophile microalgae

Soap Lake, an extreme alkaline lake located in Washington State, is renowned for its “healing effect” since...

Development of Reactive Nanobubble Technology for Efficient and Scalable Algae and Cyanotoxin Removal

This research will advance algal biomass separation or removal from water for algae-based biofuel industrialization...

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More About This Challenge

The sciency details

Challenge Amount:
$500
Submission Deadline:
Dec 23, 2016
Campaign Launch:
Jan 10, 2017

Frequently Asked Queries

How do challenge grants work?

This grant is for projects that launch crowdfunding campaigns by Jan 10, 2017. The project with the most backers after three weeks will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.

When will the grant be awarded?

On January 31st at 6PM ET, the project with the most backers will be awarded directly to their project. The two runner-ups will also be awarded.

Can I still submit a project?

We are no longer accepting projects for this grant, however we will be launching many more challenge grant opportunities. Sign up for our mailing list for up-to-date community news.

Please Note:

If we see suspicious acitivity of researchers or backers potentially cheating during the challenge, the project will be completely disqualified from winning the grant.

Challenge Aims

Trash is a visible manifestation of the ugly side of human technology. Driving ourselves to produce at the enormous scale we do today, creating materials so durable that they will outlast us for thousands of years, we've created a host of environmental and health problems. Many projects in this challenge study the movement and collection of waste in our ecosystems, such as microplastics in the sea.

This challenge also focuses on sustainability efforts and environmental science, such as the use of algae for biofuels, or investigating environmental toxins using novel technology.

Project Eligilibity

This grant is for projects that launch campaigns by Dec 23, 2016. The project that ends with the most backers will receive an additional $500 grant. Eligible projects must be approved before the launch deadline.


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