Eligibility Verification FAQs

  • +Who can participate in the Challenge?

    The Challenge is open to persons over age eighteen (18) and all companies and organizations with the exception of entities that appear on the U.S. Department of Commerce restricted lists or are otherwise sanctioned by the U.S. government.

    To prevent any conflicts of interest the Challenge is not open to any employee of a federal government agency or of the MITRE Corporation or to the families of those organizations.

    Note that all members of a participating team must satisfy the eligibility requirements, and that participation by non-U.S. entities, while welcome, may be subject to additional requirements or restrictions imposed by MITRE or the U.S. Government. We also reserve the right to exclude individuals from organizations that worked with MITRE to develop the Challenge and thus were exposed to information not shared with Challenge participants or had advance access to shared information.

  • +How many ideas can one organization submit?

    There are no limits on the number of ideas an organization can submit and no limit to the number of teams that one organization can field.

  • +Will you be providing more background on the specific problems that will be addressed through the Challenge?

    Yes, we will give all participants background material to help them understand the environment in which the agencies operate, e.g., what is legally feasible in a solution, as well as reference materials they can review for more context.

    In addition, we will be holding informational webinars in September to provide more background on the kinds of problems federal agencies face related to “improper payments.” Representatives from government agencies will be available to answer your questions.

  • +How will the prize money be awarded?

    The overall winner will be awarded $50,000. Smaller incentive prizes of $5,000 will be awarded for specific categories to be announced later.

  • +Where does the prize money come from?

    The MITRE Corporation is funding the Challenge prize from non-governmental funds received through our technology transfer activities to spur scientific research and education around this significant problem.

  • +Will I be compensated for my efforts to participate in the Challenge?


  • +What rights will I retain to my work?

    Concepts and approaches developed and submitted by Challenge participants can be freely used by federal, state, and local government agencies to address the problem of improper enrollment. However, copyrights, patents, and other specific intellectual property rights leveraged within the Challenge participants’ submissions will remain with the current owner. Challenge participants should clearly identify and mark ownership and restrictions of such items within their Challenge submission.

  • +Will I share credit with MITRE if my idea wins?

    No. MITRE makes no claim to ownership of any participant’s concepts or intellectual property or any third-party’s intellectual property contained within the Challenge submission.

  • +Can MITRE alter my work without permission?


  • +Will I be restricted from publicizing my participation in the MITRE Competition?

    No. MITRE encourages you to publicize your involvement, and we will publicize the results of the competition, as well.

  • +Will MITRE have any rights to publicize my participation in the MITRE Competition?

    By submitting a competition entry, each participant grants to MITRE a non-exclusive, perpetual, and irrevocable license to use the participant’s name, organization, image, and entry synopsis, and to publicly disclose the competition results.

  • +Will I need to sign an agreement to participate in the Challenge?

    Every member from the participating teams will be required to complete a standard participation agreement with MITRE before the competition begins.

  • +What form will the Challenge entry take?

    Each participating team must submit a white paper of no more than 10 pages describing its solution to reducing improper granting of benefits and verifying eligibility.

    Instructions and a submission template will be provided on the Challenge portal.

    Once a team has registered to participate, it will receive more detailed information about the challenge and our scoring system.

  • +How will my entry be judged?

    Each entry will be objectively rated by a panel of judges consisting of representatives of government agencies and MITRE subject matter experts. Ratings will be based on a scoring rubric with a weighted score totaling 100 points, where 100 points represents an ideal solution.

  • +How will the results of the competition be shared with government agencies?

    In March, winners will be invited to a forum where they will have a chance to present their ideas to representatives from government agencies and receive feedback from government and MITRE experts.

    (Winners’ transportation expenses for long-distance travel may be covered at MITRE’s discretion.)

  • +How many members can be on a team?

    There is no official limit.

  • +Can I add or change team members?

    Yes, until the competition begins as each member of the team will need to sign a participant’s agreement.

  • +Why is MITRE involved in hosting Challenges?

    As a not-for-profit corporation that manages federally funded research and development centers for the government, MITRE is an ideal organization to host challenges. We do not market or manufacture goods and have no financial investment in the results. Our goal is to work with industry, academia, and government to find solutions that benefit all stakeholders and provide our federal sponsors with the capabilities they need to be successful in their missions.