Frequently Asked Questions

Q: WHAT TYPE OF IDEAS SHOULD I SUBMIT? 

A: We welcome energy efficient building technology design ideas that fall under the topics that are currently open or active. JUMP into STEM Challenges are all focused, generally, on cultivating innovation for energy efficient technologies for the residential and commercial building markets. These could be related to equipment and appliances, system/ buildings integration, sensors and controls, and/or envelope technologies. Submitters may post more than one idea within the same call for innovation category. Qualified ideas must follow these guidelines:

Q. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE JUMP into STEM CHALLENGES?

A: As part of the pilot of cultivating a STEM disciplines with the JUMP crowdsourcing platflorm, select JUMP into STEM Challenges will be open only for University of Tennessee students to submit ideas for consideration for ORNL internship awards. If you are a UT student, and you do not have an IdeaScale account, visit http://jump.ideascale.com/a/register and create an account using your UT email address.

This 2018 JUMP into STEM Challenges is a limited pilot program. As such, idea submissions to JUMP into STEM Challenges are limited to currently-enrolled University of Tennessee (UT) students. Non-UT students may submit ideas to the Open Forum Challenge, in addition to voting and commenting on idea submissions to all JUMP into STEM Challenges.

All participants, including non-University of Tennessee students, can participate in the Open Forum. They should check back later in 2018 for future JUMP into STEM Challenges that will be open for others to respond.

Q: WHAT DO University of Tennessee Students STAND TO GAIN FROM PARTICIPATING?

A: During the pilot for JUMP into STEM, participating University of Tennessee students will be eligible to receive a 10 week internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Students must complete an online application and meet the criteria for the internship program to be eligible to receive the internship.

Q: I WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE AND SUBMIT AN IDEA, BUT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE SECURITY OF MY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

A: All submissions to the JUMP into STEM Challenges remain the intellectual property of the individuals or organizations that developed them. By providing the submission to this Challenge, you grant to UT-Battelle, DOE, and the other supporters a royalty-free license to: (i) use your submission; (ii) post your submission(s) on ornl.gov and other DOE and associated sites; and (iii) publicize the names, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state in any media, worldwide of call for innovation participants (including the individual members of a team) through social media and events of UT-Battelle’s or DOE's choosing without any payment or other consideration. Such license shall remain in force in perpetuity. In addition, no submissions to this call for innovation amount to any express or implied contracts with any of the supporters of this Challenge, including, but not limited to, UT-Battelle, DOE, or IdeaScale.

Q: CAN I INCLUDE PICTURES, DRAWINGS, AND VIDEOS WITH MY IDEA SUBMISSION?

A: Yes! We encourage you to do so. Anything you can provide that provides a clearer understanding of your idea is most welcomed.

Q: I WORK AT ONE OF THE LABS OR DOE, CAN I PARTICIPATE?

A: Employees of DOE, UT-Battelle, LLC and its parent and affiliate companies, its subcontractors, as well as immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee may participate in the JUMP into STEM Challenges, including, but not limited to, offering and voting on ideas; however, their ideas are not eligible for awards. See official Terms and Conditions.

Q: I HAVE A QUESTION WITH REGARD TO THE SMALL BUSINESS VOUCHERS PILOT, WHERE SHOULD I GO?

A: For more information about the small business vouchers pilot please visit www.sbv.org. You could also send your inquiries to sbvpilot@ornl.gov.

Q: CAN I CONNECT DIRECTLY WITH THE LABS?

A: Yes. Connect with participating labs directly through one of the following contacts:

Q: I HAVE A QUESTION UNIQUE TO ME OR OTHERWISE NOT ADDRESSED ELSEWHERE.

A: We encourage you to submit your question through the forum link below. A moderator will respond to your inquiry within 2 business days.

Q: CAN I EDIT MY IDEA AFTER SUBMITTING?

A: Yes, you can simply click on your idea and on your idea page, click on “Edit” which will appear in orange near the top of the page. From there you can edit or add to your original idea, including attaching images. The only exception is if you submitted a hidden idea, in that case you will not be able to edit your idea after submission.

Q: I AM NOT A LEGAL RESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. CAN I PARTICIPATE IN JUMP?

A: This 2018 JUMP into STEM Challenges is a limited pilot program. As such, idea submission to JUMP into STEM Challenges are limited to currently-enrolled University of Tennessee (UT) students. The Challenge is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old (or the age of majority in his/her state, whichever is older) at the time of entry. Non U.S. residents are welcome to vote and comment on ideas.

Q: HOW ARE THE INDUSTRY PARTNERS INVOLVED IN JUMP?

A: Industry Partners establish an agreement with a national lab that outlines a commitment to support defining JUMP Challenges, promote the JUMP community, participate in the technical evaluation of ideas, and provide potential cash or technical support awards. Winning ideas will have the opportunity to advance towards potential collaboration with Industry Partners in an effort to take the ideas forward. Organizations interested in partnering with Oak Ridge to sponsor JUMP into STEM Challenges should email lapsamv@ornl.gov

Q: WHAT IMPACT DOES VOTING HAVE ON MY IDEA?

A: One of the unique advantages of the JUMP crowdsourcing community is that it engages users in evaluating and reviewing the ideas through the "voting" and "discussion" functions. The Labs, DOE, and Partners use this information to gauge the market’s interest in the topic. However, a leading number of votes does not guarantee advancement, but is one indicator for considering ideas.

Q: WHAT ROLE DO JUDGES PLAY?

A: The judges follow a general review process as follows:

The judging panel at a minimum includes 3 judges;

Q: WHAT DOES THE SCHEDULE LOOK LIKE FOR EACH JUMP into STEM Challenge?

A: Each Challenge follows a general schedule as follows:

Visit the How to Participate page for current dates.

Q: I POSTED AN IDEA BUT I CAN’T SEE IT?

A: All the ideas and comments posted on the JUMP website have to be approved by a moderator. Please allow the moderators up to 2 business days to review and approve your comment or idea.

Q: I WOULD LIKE TO VOTE, COMMENT OR SHARE AN IDEA; DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

A: Yes, only registered Ideascale users may vote or comment on ideas.