Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: JUMP into STEM is focused on reaching university and college students. To enter and participate in JUMP into STEM, you must have an IdeaScale account, visit http://jump.ideascale.com/a/register and create an account using your university or college email address. Be sure to visit the JUMP into STEM Terms and Conditions for specific rules and requirements. Also review the HERE and BTMSIP application criteria.

Q: WHAT DO I STAND TO GAIN FROM PARTICIPATING?

A: A series of JUMP into STEM “What if” Challenges will be issued during the 2018-19 student calendar year. Eligible students, with the winning responses, will be invited to collaborate on a JUMP into STEM webinar to present on their idea and opportunities for high performing buildings and sustainable communities. The winners and the webinar will be promoted on social media. The best ideas may also be considered for future R&D collaboration. Winners from the “What if” Challenge Series will be invited to participate in a JUMP into STEM Finalist Event to compete for the Grand Finalist Award: a 2019 paid 10-week summer internship (subject to eligibility and available funding; visit HERE and BTO MSI Internship for more information).

Q: SHOULD I PARTICIPATE ON A TEAM OR AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

A: Participants may submit ideas as an individual or as a team. Regardless of which option you choose, participants must be 18 years of age or older (or the age of majority in his/her state, whichever is older), a legal resident of the US or District of Columbia, and a current university or college student. See the Terms and Conditions for more information.

Q: WHAT ARE THE REVIEW CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATING TEAMS?

A: Team submissions will be evaluated for: (1) Representation by two or more academic departments; (2) Representation by women and/or minority students; and (3) demonstrated contributions by all team members.

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

A: JUMP into STEM Challenges are limited to currently enrolled university or college students and 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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.

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 Schedule page for current dates.

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

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