NASA CO2 Conversion Challenge

NASA CO2 Conversion Challenge

RAMPIT, LLC (RAMPIT) provides an online platform for skill-based competitions to resolve bona fide requirements through various websites. NASA’s CO₂ Conversion Challenge is a $1 million competition to convert carbon dioxide into sugars such as glucose as a first step to creating mission-critical resources.

The NASA CO2 Conversion Challenge is a public competition that focuses on discovering ways to develop novel, non-biological synthesis technologies that use carbon dioxide (CO2) as the sole carbon source to generate sugars that can then be used to manufacture a variety of products using both microbial biomanufacturing and chemical synthesis processes.

The goal of the program is to stimulate innovation in basic and applied research, technology development, and prototype demonstration that have the potential for application to the performance of the space and aeronautical activities of the administration.

The challenge asks individuals, teams, and organizations that meet the eligibility criteria to design and develop specialized technologies that can produce glucose or other targeted sugars from CO₂ to help advance sustainable space and Earth-based manufacturing approaches.

Provided By: NASA’s Vision: We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind. NASA is committed to providing all categories of small businesses an opportunity to participate in both NASA prime contracts and subcontracts.

Key Details:

  • Award Amount: During Phase 1: Concept, up to five Finalists will receive an award of $50,000 each.
  • Number of Awards: Five
  • Study Level: Any
  • Requirement: None
  • Submission Categories: Online
  • Application Deadline: January 24, 2019, at 5:00 PM Central.
  • Once you are registered, submit your application no later than 5:00 PM Central on February 28, 2019.

Who May Enter:

NASA welcomes applications from individuals, teams, and organization or entities that have a recognized legal existence and structure under applicable law (State, Federal or Country) and that are in good standing in the jurisdiction under which they are organized with the following restrictions:

  • Individuals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must be18 years of age or older.
  • Organizations must be an entity incorporated in and maintaining a primary place of business in the United States.
  • Teams must be comprised of otherwise eligible individuals or organizations, and led by an otherwise eligible individual or organization.
  • Teams must conduct their demonstration work in facilities based in the United States, to include AK, HI, and U.S. territories.

U.S. government employees may enter the competition, or be members of prize-eligible teams, so long as they are not acting within the scope of their Federal employment, and they rely on no facilities, access, personnel, knowledge or other resources that are available to them as a result of their employment except for those resources available to all other participants on an equal basis.

Foreign citizens may only participate through an eligible US entity as

  • An employee of such entity,
  • A full-time student of such entity, if the entity is a university or other accredited institution of higher learning,
  • An owner of such entity, so long as foreign citizens own less than 50% of the interests in the entity, OR
  • A contractor under written contract to such entity

Application Procedure:

To participate, Participants can use the online registration and upload function to submit their projects during the submission period online system:

Award Description:

NASA envisions this competition having two phases with a total prize purse of up to $1 million.

In this case, an award of $50,000 to each of up to five (5) Winners in Phase 1: Concept Phase and awards from a prize purse of up to $750,000 in Phase 2: Demonstration Phase, respectively, may be provided in the form of a single payment to each from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (“NASA”).

  • Phase 1 (the current phase) is the Concept Phase with a prize purse of up to $250,000.
  • The initiation of Phase 2, a Demonstration Challenge with a prize purse of up to $750,000, is contingent on the emergence of promising submissions in Phase 1 that demonstrate a viable approach to achieve the Challenge goals.

Official Website

  • Do you have Challenge Inquiries?
  • Please direct all questions regarding your CO2 Conversion Challenge to, and a member of our support team will respond as quickly as possible.

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