Luminary Labs is designing and administering the Patch Forward Prize under contract with Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) through an other transaction, under the U.S. department of Human Health Services (HHS). 

The following official rules, terms, and conditions apply to the Patch Forward Prize. Please read these rules, terms, and conditions carefully before entering.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to win an award under the prize, an entrant —

  1. Shall have registered to participate in the prize under the rules promulgated by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and Luminary Labs, (collectively referred to as the “prize administrators”) as published in this announcement;
  2. Shall be a legal entity, and/or be represented by an individual with the delegated authority to act on behalf of that legal entity;
  3. Shall have complied with all the requirements set forth in this announcement;
  4. Shall not be a federal entity or represented by a federal employee acting within the scope of their employment;
  5. Shall not include any employee of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, or any other component of HHS) acting in their personal capacity;
  6. Shall not be a legal entity that is prohibited from transactions with or import into the United States, as designated or sanctioned by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC, see for additional information), or include any entities or individuals designated or sanctioned as such in OFAC’s List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons at
  7. Shall not involve any judge of the prize, or any other party formally involved with the design, production, execution, or distribution of the prize or the immediate family of such a party (i.e., spouse, parent, step-parent, child, or step-child).
  8. Shall be represented by an individual that is 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.

Entrant rules

  1. Entrants are responsible for complying with all requirements and restrictions of all federal funding received. Federal grantees and recipients of cooperative agreements are eligible to enter the prize, but may not use federal funds to develop their prize submission or to fund efforts in support of their prize submission unless use of such funds is consistent with the purpose and the terms and conditions of their award. Entrants using Federal funds from a grant or cooperative agreement should coordinate with the awarding official at the federal awarding agency.
  2. By participating in this prize, each entrant agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the federal government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from participation in this prize, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.
  3. Entrants should maintain appropriate liability insurance for claims resulting from any activity carried out in connection with participation in this prize.
  4. By participating in this prize, each entrant agrees to indemnify the federal government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to prize activities.
  5. An entrant shall not be deemed ineligible because the entrant used federal facilities or consulted with federal employees during the prize if the facilities and employees are made available to all entrants participating in the prize on an equitable basis.
  6. By participating in this prize, each entrant warrants that they are sole author or owner of, or has the right to use, any copyrightable works that the submission comprises, that the works are wholly original with the entrant (or is an improved version of an existing work that the entrant has sufficient rights to use and improve), and that the submission does not infringe any copyright or any other rights of any third party of which the entrant is aware.
  7. Each entrant must clearly delineate any confidential commercial information contained in a submission that the entrant wishes to protect as proprietary data. Such information will be kept confidential to the extent allowed under applicable federal law. 
  8. By participating in this prize, each entrant grants to the BARDA/HHS and Luminary Labs an irrevocable, paid-up, royalty-free nonexclusive worldwide license to reproduce, publish, post, link to, share, and display publicly any non-confidential material submitted to the prize, on the web or elsewhere, such as the submission headline. 
  9. Patent Rights for which award funding is accepted under the terms of this prize shall be substantially the same as FAR 52.227-11 (“Patent Rights – Ownership by the Contractor {May 2014}”),, which is hereby incorporated by reference with the following modifications.  
  10. For purposes of this section, “winner” refers to any entrant that receives prize funding for their participation in this competition.
  11. In the event that the winner elects to file and complete prosecution of such patent applications, the Government shall obtain a nonexclusive, nontransferable, irrevocable, paid up license to practice, or have practiced for or on its behalf, for government purposes, the subject invention throughout the world.
  12. The winner shall notify the Government in writing of its interest in obtaining such exclusive license rights within thirty (30) days of Subject Invention filing.   
  13. The winner acknowledges that, with respect to any subject invention in which it has retained ownership, the agency has the right to require licensing pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 203 and 210(c), and in accordance with the procedures in 37 CFR 401.6 and any supplemental regulations of BARDA in effect on the date of receipt of prize funding.
  14. To participate in the prize, each entrant must warrant that there are no legal obstacles to providing the above-referenced nonexclusive licenses of the entrant’s rights to the federal government and the administrator. 
  15. Each entrant agrees to follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and policies.
  16. Each entrant participating in this prize must comply with all terms and conditions of these rules, and participation in this prize constitutes each such entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to abide by these rules. Winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein.
  17. Each entrant is required to ensure that all releases or transfers of technical data to non-U.S. persons comply with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) 22 C.F.R. §§ 120.1 to 130.17.
  18. As a condition for winning a cash award in this prize, each entrant that has been selected as a winner must complete and submit all requested winner verification and payment documents to BARDA within 10 business days of formal notification. Failure to return all required verification documents by the date specified in the notification may be a basis for disqualification of a cash prize winning submission.

Publicity release

By participating in the prize, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants to BARDA and Luminary Labs the right to the use of their entity name, city and state, and a short synopsis of their winning submission as a part of BARDA’s promotion of this prize, as stated in the Eligibility section. 


BARDA reserves the right in their discretion to disqualify any entrant who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the prize, the prize website, or other prize-related websites; to be acting in violation of these official rules, terms, and conditions; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the prize; or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person; and BARDA reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such entrant to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Links to third-party websites

The prize website may contain links to third-party websites that are not owned or controlled by BARDA or Luminary Labs. BARDA and Luminary Labs do not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites. If you access a third-party website from the prize website, you do so at your own risk and expressly relieve BARDA and / or Luminary Labs from any and all liability arising from use of any third-party website content. 

Notice to winner(s)

Attempts to notify winner(s) will be made using the email address associated with the Team Lead’s Luminary Lightbox™ account. BARDA and Luminary Labs are not responsible for email or other communication problems of any kind.

If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential Concept Stage winner does not respond within ten (10) days of the first notification attempt regarding selection as a Concept Stage winner (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the notification is returned as undeliverable to such entrant, that entrant may forfeit the entrant’s Concept Stage winner status and any associated prizes, and an alternate Concept Stage winner may be selected.

If any potential winner is found to be ineligible, has not complied with these official rules, terms, and conditions, or declines the applicable prize for any reason prior to award, such potential winners will be disqualified, and alternate winners may be selected.

Confidentiality and submission license

Entrants are free to discuss their submissions and their ideas or technologies that it contains with other parties, are encouraged to share ideas and technologies publicly, are encouraged to collaborate or combine with other teams to strengthen their products, and are free to contract with any third parties. Entrants should be aware that any agreement signed or obligation undertaken in regard to their participation in the prize that conflicts with the prize rules, terms, and conditions may result in disqualification of the entrant’s submission.

Each entrant is encouraged to consult with its legal counsel as to whether publication of a submitted abstract will jeopardize the ability to secure patent protection of any invention submitted. Neither BARDA nor Luminary Labs shall be liable for any loss of IP rights or protection that results from publication of any entrant’s abstract by Patch Forward Prize.

By participating in the prize, each entrant hereby grants an irrevocable and royalty-free license to BARDA and Luminary Labs to store, access, modify, reproduce, and distribute, in-confidence, submissions in perpetuity. All materials submitted to BARDA as part of a submission become BARDA agency records. If the submission includes any third party works (such as third party content or open source code), the entrant must be able to provide, upon request, documentation of all appropriate licenses and releases for use of such third party works. If the entrant cannot provide documentation of all required licenses and releases, BARDA reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify the submission.

Each entrant also warrants that the work is free of security threats and/or malware.

Dates and deadlines

BARDA reserves the right to modify any dates or deadlines set forth in these official rules, terms, and conditions or otherwise governing the prize.

Prize termination

BARDA reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify this prize, or any part of it, for any reason, at BARDA’s sole discretion. BARDA reserves the right not to award any prizes if no entries are deemed worthy. BARDA may also discontinue its participation in the prize at its discretion. If BARDA elects to discontinue its participation, every effort will be made to announce that decision promptly on the prize website.

General liability release

By participating in the prize, each entrant hereby agrees that:

  1. The prize administrators shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages, or injuries of any kind (including death) resulting from participation in the prize or any prize-related activity, or from an entrant’s acceptance, receipt, possession, use, or misuse of any monetary prize
  2. The entrant will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the prize administrators from and against all third-party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to, or arising from, the entrant’s participation in the prize.
  3. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the prize administrators are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, postage-due, damaged, or stolen entries or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable transmissions or other communications; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.
  4. These official rules, terms, and conditions cannot be modified except by BARDA in their absolute discretion. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these official rules, terms, and conditions shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these official rules, terms, and conditions shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

Privacy, data security, ethics, and compliance

Entrants are required to identify and address privacy and security issues in their proposed projects and describe specific solutions for meeting them. In addition to complying with appropriate policies, procedures, and protections for data that ensures all privacy requirements and institutional policies are met, use of data should not allow the identification of the individual from whom the data was collected.

Entrants are responsible for compliance with all applicable federal, state, local, and institutional laws, regulations, and policies. These may include, but are not limited to, Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protections, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Protection of Human Subjects regulations, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. If approvals (e.g., from an Institutional Review Board) will be required to initiate any activities associated with submission development, it is recommended that entrants apply for approval at or before submission deadlines. The following links are intended as a starting point for addressing potentially applicable regulatory requirements but should not be interpreted as a complete list of resources on these issues:

Main link:
Summary of the HIPAA Privacy Rule:
Summary of the HIPAA Security Rule:

Human Subjects—HHS
Office for Human Research Protections:
Protection of Human Subjects Regulations:
Policy & Guidance:
Institutional Review Boards & Assurances:

Human Subjects—FDA
Clinical Trials:
Office of Good Clinical Practice:
Consumer Protection—Federal Trade Commission
Bureau of Consumer Protection:


The failure of BARDA to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these official rules, terms, and conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.


Governing law

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these official rules, terms, and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with U.S. Federal law as applied in the federal courts of the District of Columbia if a complaint is filed by any party against BARDA, and the laws of the State of New York as applied in the New York state courts in New York City if a complaint is filed by any party against Luminary Labs.

Privacy policy

By participating in the prize, each entrant hereby agrees that occasionally, BARDA and Luminary Labs may also use the entrant’s information to contact the entrant about federal prize and innovation related activities, and acknowledges that the entrant has read and accepted the Privacy Policy at the prize website.

Other terms

Please review the Luminary Lightbox Terms of Service at for additional rules that apply to your participation in the prize and more generally your use of the prize website. Such Terms of Service are incorporated by reference into these official rules, terms, and conditions. If there is a conflict between the Terms of Service and these official rules, terms, and conditions, the latter terms shall control with respect to this prize only.

Participation in the prize constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these official rules, terms, and conditions. By entering, an entrant agrees that all decisions related to the prize that are made pursuant to these official rules, terms, and conditions are final and binding, and that all such decisions are at the sole discretion of BARDA and/or Luminary Labs.

Luminary Labs collects personal information from entrants to the prize. The information collected is subject to the Privacy Policy located here.

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