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Thank you for your interest in the Global Challenge to Prevent Breast Cancer ("Global Challenge"). The Global Challenge is sponsored by The Regents of the University of California on behalf of its California Breast Cancer Research Program (collectively "CBCRP"). By participating in the Global Challenge in accordance with these rules, you may be eligible to receive various forms of recognition and a possible award of up to $5,000.

Please read these rules carefully, as they describe the conditions under which you are allowed to participate. By continuing any use of this website you expressly consent to all of these rules.


Subject to the limitations set out herein, any individual person or team of persons ("you") may participate in the Global Challenge. You must be older than 18 years of age to participate. You must register and submit a completed entry to participate.

Individuals may join together on a team in a single entry subject to these rules. However, any award will be distributed to a single individual, who must have the legal responsibility and authority for the distribution of the award to any other individuals. Rules stated here pertain to all members of the team.

Ineligible persons

You cannot reside in nor be governed by countries that are prohibited by law, regulation (including United States or other applicable export laws and regulations), treaty or administrative act from entering into trade relations (including export of technology) with the United States of America or its citizens. The Global Challenge is void in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and wherever this Global Challenge may be prohibited. Please visit for a current list of prohibited countries.

No employee of the Research Grants Program Office at the University of California Office of the President, Council member of the California Breast Cancer Research Program or a member of their immediate family (i.e., spouse, parent, step-parent, child, or step-child) is permitted to participate either directly or indirectly with any organization submitting an entry. No judge, selection committee member, or evaluation panel member of the Global Challenge, or any other party involved with the design, production, or execution of the Global Challenge or the immediate family of such a party may submit an entry or participate on a team submitting an entry. Any such participation will disqualify the related entry.

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The application period for the Global Challenge begins September 21, 2018 at 7:00 am (US) Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and ends January 7, 2019 at 11:59 pm US Pacific Standard Time (PST). All entries must be received by January 7, 2019, at 11:59 pm PST. Information on how to enter and/or receive prizes is found in these rules and on this website. By submitting an entry, you agree to the Global Challenge rules and certify that your entry complies with all requirements set out in the rules. It is your responsibility to assure that the contents of your entry comply with any applicable governmental, state, or local laws, and/or the policies of your employer(s).

Originality and plagiarism

The content created or provided by you must be your own. You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work created solely by you. Submissions must not infringe upon any copyright, trade secret, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights of any third party, including your employer.

Plagiarism (the act of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as your own) is strictly prohibited. All text and ideas in your submission must be your own. If you take any text from another source, you must make it clear that the text is being quoted and identify from where the text comes. You must cite any sources from which you obtain numbers, ideas, or other material. Any entry found to contain plagiarized content will be deemed ineligible.

Intellectual property

All entries may be reproduced, adapted, or made public by CBCRP, whether or not the entrant is named a finalist or winner. If there are portions of the entry that are proprietary to a third party (including your employer), it is your responsibility to ensure those portions are permitted to be included in the entry or omitted from the entry.

Because the Global Challenge aims to catalyze the field of breast cancer primary prevention research, we are eager to share all ideas with as wide an audience as possible. The organizers will be using submitted ideas to generate new requests for proposals (RFPs) for breast cancer research. By submitting your entry, you are providing a perpetual, fully paid up, non-exclusive license to CBCRP to reproduce, adapt, distribute, publicly display, and use your entries and the underlying ideas to create RFPs. All submissions for this challenge, including entries, are submitted to the challenge under a CC BY license. When you submit an idea to the challenge, you are allowing the organizers to further develop your idea (with attribution to you).

Multiple entries or registrations

You may participate on no more than one entry (application), whether applying as the sole applicant or as a member of a team. You may not register more than one true and uniform identity; multiple registrations for a participant using multiple identities are not allowed. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry made by a participant violating this limitation, regardless of whether all of the respective parties had knowledge of such violation.

Judging process

The application requirements for your entry are clearly described on this website. Your entry will be reviewed by three members of a panel ("Evaluation Panel"), who will be assigned to score your entry using the scoring rubric and judging criteria that are also described on this website. A committee ("Selection Committee") will meet to discuss the applications, review the scores, and select up to 10-12 finalists (or more).

Finalists may be asked to attend an event, which will be livestreamed publicly, to present their proposed idea to a Selection Committee and other attendees invited by CBCRP. Finalists are required to attend the event if it is scheduled, and you may be asked to prepare additional materials in advance or upon the date of the event. You will be required to respond to any invitations to attend any events as promptly and as clearly as possible. Reasonable travel expenses and other costs and requirements related to the event will be negotiated and may be reflected in an additional agreement. For teams, only the primary applicant will be invited to attend the meeting and present their team's idea.

The criteria used by the Selection Committee in evaluating entries may or may not incorporate the same scoring rubric employed by the Evaluation Panel. The Selection Committee will identify up to two winners (or more) in its sole discretion.

Cash prize

Should you be selected as a winner, a single cash prize of $5,000 will be awarded to you, so long as you are deemed eligible by CBCRP in compliance with all of the rules. You may not submit any petitions for a division of the prize. Potential winners shall be required to sign and return within ten (10) days following an attempted notification an Affidavit, Declaration or Certificate of Eligibility, Liability Release, and, where legally permissible, a Publicity Release and Warranty of Ownership and License. Failure to execute and deliver any required documents by the specified deadline may result in disqualification from the Global Challenge, and selection of an alternate potential winner.

Please note that the winner of the prize may be subject to certain taxes. The winner of the prize will be solely responsible for paying such taxes. Neither CBCRP nor its affiliates will accept responsibility for paying such taxes.

Prize categories

The Global Challenge will award two $5,000 grand prizes: one to a researcher, and one to an advocate or non-researcher. The advocate/non-researcher prize will be reserved exclusively for people who are not researchers or scientists (e.g., advocate, patient, consumer, activist, layperson, or anyone else who is not a researcher or scientist). To be considered not a researcher or scientist, you (and any members of your team if applying as a team) must not be employed as a researcher or scientist, must not hold a research degree (e.g., PhD or MD) or have been enrolled in a research degree program in the past, and must not have completed or been part of a formal research training program (e.g., postdoctoral fellowship, predoctoral fellowship, research internship). Documentation of eligibility may be requested by CBCRP, and failure to provide requested documentation could cause your entry to be deemed ineligible.

Other rules

  • By submitting your entry, you agree to release, discharge and hold harmless CBCRP and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors and representatives from any loss arising out of your participation in the Global Challenge and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize. CBCRP assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Global Challenge entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. CBCRP is not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to the Global Challenge.
  • This competition is void where prohibited. Entrants agree that this competition shall be subject to and governed by the laws of California and the United States of America and the forum of any dispute shall be in the courts of Alameda County, California, United States of America. To the extent permitted by law, the right to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this competition are hereby excluded and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Certain restrictions may apply.
  • If for any reason the competition is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, Trojan horses, denial of service, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of CBCRP that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Global Challenge, CBCRP reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Global Challenge. If CBCRP terminates the Global Challenge, it will not retain any rights in the submitted entries.
  • CBCRP reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to (a) cancel, suspend, or modify the Challenge, and/or (b) not award any prizes if no entries are deemed worthy.
  • CBCRP, as the competition host, reserves the right to disqualify any participant who violates these rules and any standards of behavior expressed or implied in them.
  • Your entry must be in English.
  • Each individual (whether participating singularly or in a group) or entity agrees to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Your entry should consist of the application requirements stipulated on this website. The entry may not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of CBCRP, contain obscene, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content.

Contact information

You may contact us with any questions or comments about these rules. You may reach us directly at:

The competition host is the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP). break