1. LEGAL TERMS: By submitting an Entry (as defined herein) to the GE Healthcare LOGIQ™ E10 Call for Proposals Challenge (the “CFP” or “Competition” or “Challenge”), you are agreeing to be bound by the following legal terms (“Official Rules”). The Official Rules also incorporate by reference the additional terms specified at https://gex.brightidea.com/GELOGIQResearch (the “Competition Website”). THESE OFFICIAL RULES SUPERSEDE ANY OTHER RULES AND TERMS & CONDITIONS ON THE WEBSITE OF ADMINISTRATOR BRIGHTIDEA TO THE EXTENT THERE IS ANY CONFLICT OF TERMS.
2. SPONSORS; ADMINISTRATOR: The Competition is administered by BrightIdea (“Administrator”), 255 California Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94111, on behalf of General Electric Company (“GE” or “Award Sponsor”), 41 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Administrator BrightIdea and GE collectively are referred to as “Competition Sponsors” or “CFP Sponsors” or “Sponsors.”
3. CFP COMPETITION DATES: This CFP Competition commences at 8:00am EST on June 28, 2018 and the deadline for submitting an Entry (as defined herein) is 5:00pm EST on September 6, 2018. The server hosting the Competition website is the official time clock for the Competition.
4. GENERAL INFORMATION: Participation is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Multiple Entries are permitted and there is no limit to the number of Entries which can be submitted. Each Entry will be reviewed independently. Multiple individuals or entities may collaborate to submit a single Entry, but a single individual must be designated as an “Official Representative” for each Entry. Investigators are encouraged to submit Entries for all research programs that align with the goals of this CFP.
You are solely responsible for checking applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction before participating in the CFP Competition to make sure that your participation is legal. You are responsible for abiding by your employer's policies regarding participation in the Competition. If you are entering on behalf of a business partnership, company, institution, university or other entry, you are responsible for confirming with the applicable partnership, company, institution, university or other entity that your Entry does not violate any policies set by that university, institution or other such relationship. Sponsors disclaim any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between you and your employer, university, partner or other persons or entities related to this Competition. You are responsible for all taxes and reporting related to any award that you may receive as part of this Competition. You may be subject to background screening as needed to assure the Sponsors’ legal compliance.
5. ELIGIBILITY: The CFP Competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 or the age of majority in said individual’s geographic location and to all validly formed legal entities that have not declared or been declared in bankruptcy. Employees and contractors of GE and BrightIdea and any of their respective affiliates or subsidiaries, or contingent workers (including contract and leased workers) are not eligible to enter.
You are solely responsible for all equipment, as well as all costs incurred by you or on your behalf associated with participating in the CFP, including but not necessarily limited to, a computer and modem necessary to establish a connection to the World Wide Web; access to the World Wide Web and any related telephone, data, hosting or other service fees associated with such access.
6. HOW TO ENTER: To enter, you must first create an account on https://gex.brightidea.com/GELOGIQResearch . (if you already have such an account, a new account need not be created). All the registration information you provide is collectively referred to as your “Account.” Accounts set up on behalf on of a legal entity must designate a single individual to serve as the “Official Representative” of the entity. Proposals submitted on behalf of a legal entity must then identify the individual serving as the entity’s Official Representative. At the Competition Website you will find further instructions of how to prepare your proposal and also the “Proposal Submission Form” which is located on the “Submit Proposal” tab of the Competition Website). You must submit your completed proposal (alternatively referred to as your “Proposal” or “Entry” or “Submission”), using the Proposal Submission Form. By submitting your Proposal, you formally accept the Official Rules for this Competition.
By registering and submitting a Proposal, you agree that (a) all required fields are complete and all information in your Account is correct and accurate; (b) your registration may be rejected or terminated and all Entries submitted by you may be disqualified if any of the information in your Account is (or Sponsors have reasonable grounds to believe it is) incomplete, incorrect or inaccurate; and (c) registration information is collected by Administrator in the United States, on behalf of GE, and may be transferred elsewhere globally as needed for the purposes of the CFP Competition and GE’s business purposes. You further agree and acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the security, accuracy and use of your Account.
Each Competition registrant is referred to as an "Entrant" or “Applicant” in these Official Rules and as “Entrant” or “Applicant” on the Competition Website.
All Proposals must be in English. Proposal attachments may be submitted in .pdf, or .xls, .xlsx formats. There is a maximum limit of 50MB for your complete. Proposal, including supplemental attachments.
Sponsors are not responsible for (a) late, lost, stolen, damaged, garbled, incomplete, incorrect or misdirected Entries or other communications, (b) errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, or delays in operations or transmission of information, in each case whether arising by way of technical or other failures or malfunctions of computer hardware, software, communications devices, or transmission lines, or (c) data corruption, theft, destruction, unauthorized access to or alteration of Entry materials, loss or other issues related to data such as quality, access or security. Sponsors are not responsible for electronic communications or emails which are undeliverable as a result of any form of active or passive filtering of any kind, or insufficient space in any email account to receive email messages. Sponsors disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, or accessing or downloading of information in connection with, the CFP.
Sponsors reserve the right to modify, remove or add data to the Competition Website upon notice to Entrants via email using the email address associated with their Accounts and/or by such other reasonable means as Sponsors may determine. Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to extend or modify the dates of Challenge and/or Entry submission dates, and to change the terms of these Official Rules governing any portion thereof taking place after the effective date of any such change upon notice to Entrants via email using the email address associated with their Accounts and/or by such other reasonable means as Sponsors may determine. Entrants are urged to consult the Competition Website regularly during the CFP.
BY REGISTERING FOR THE COMPETITION, YOU ACCEPT THE CONDITIONS STATED IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES, AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THE DECISIONS OF THE SPONSORS AND WARRANT THAT YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT ALL OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES, THEN DO NOT SUBMIT A PROPOSAL TO THE COMPETITION. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU PRINT A COPY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES FOR YOUR FUTURE REFERENCE.
7. CFP OBJECTIVE: The objective of the CFP Competition is to identify opportunities to utilize GE’s LOGIQ™ E10 product for research focused on liver health. Such research may address any aspect of liver health, including but not limited to artificial intelligence, health economics and workflow efficiency.
8. ENTRY GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS: An Entry may address on-label or investigational CFPs, including screening, diagnosis, treatment guidance, and/or monitoring of liver disease.
The Entry should serve as an introduction to Entrant’s proposed research approach to address liver health, and MUST INCLUDE the following (“Entry Requirements”) (BUT MUST NOT INCLUDE OR OTHERWISE DISCLOSE CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION):
Technical Abstract (including Background, Study Hypothesis & Aims, and Methods);
Projected Funding Requirements for proposed research, including:
Comprehensive budget detailing direct and indirect costs;
Explanation for support needed for the proposed research, including all necessary funding and equipment loans (Smaller, focused, impactful projects requiring less support are encouraged).
(See the Submission instructions and Budget Template for examples of permissible budget costs).
Timeline of Research Milestones;
CV’s of Investigator(s);
Expected Deliverables to GE; and,
Any cash funding requested in the Entry may not exceed USD $75,000, inclusive of direct and indirect costs for the entire proposed period of the research. Overhead rates must be limited to 25 percent of the total grant funding requested. Any Proposal requesting cash funds in excess of USD $75,000 (inclusive of overhead rates) will be considered invalid and will be disqualified from further consideration.
Your Entry will be evaluated using the Judging Criteria (defined herein). Entries that best meet the Judging Criteria will be selected to receive the awards (described herein).
Entrants are responsible for ensuring that all aspects of any research being proposed is compliant with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines, where applicable, as well as all local and federal regulations including HIPAA. Local IRB and IACUC approval at the time of submission is not required.
9. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: By simply submitting an Entry and participating in this Competition, you are not granting Sponsors any rights to any existing patents or future patents related to the technology described in your Entry. However, except for portions of any Entry covered by an issued and enforceable patent you may own, Award Sponsor shall have the unrestricted right to use, reproduce, distribute, perform, display or create derivative works based upon any submitted ideas or materials and associated intellectual property rights relating to your Entry (collectively “Entry IP”), and to allow others to do the same. Moreover, you acknowledge that your submission of the Entry in this Competition may prevent you from obtaining patent protection relating to the Entry because your submission is not confidential and thus it may be considered a publication event. As such, if you desire patent protection relating to your submission, you should file any associated patent applications prior to submitting your Entry.
By submitting an Entry and participating in this Competition, you do grant Sponsors certain limited rights, as set forth in these Official Rules. By submitting an Entry, you consent to the use, by Sponsors, their affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, and licensees, of your name, likeness, image, biographical information, prize information (if an award winner), your company or institution name (if your Entry is from a company or institution) and any other personal data submitted with your Entry and the contents in your Entry (including any created works), in connection with the Competition, in any media or format now known or hereafter invented, in any and all locations worldwide, without any payment to or further approval from you. You agree that this consent is perpetual and cannot be revoked.
You agree that nothing in the Official Rules grants you a right or license to use the GE name or any GE trademark or service mark. You grant to Sponsors the right to include your name, or your entity’s name (if your Entry is from a company, institution or other entity) as an Entrant on the Competition Website and in materials related to Sponsors’ promotion of this CFP Competition. Aside from the foregoing, by entering this Competition, you are not granting Sponsors any rights to trademarks you may own.
10. BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP: The intent of this CFP Competition is to provide collaboration opportunities directed to advancing research focused on liver health. Mere participation in this CFP Competition does not create an obligation on either your part or Award Sponsor’s part to negotiate or enter into any business relationship or to sign any commercial agreement.
AS A CONDITION FOR RECEIPT OF AN EQUIPMENT SUPPORT OR GRANT AWARD (AS DEFINED HEREIN), YOU MUST AGREE TO ENTER INTO A BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH AWARD SPONSOR ON MUTUALLY AGREEABLE TERMS WHICH SHALL INCLUDE AN “AGREED UPON PLAN” TO GUIDE THE FUNDING AND/OR EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT (AS FURTHER DEFINED HEREIN IN RULE 10), AND WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT SHALL NOT BE LIMITED TO, TERMS REGULATING THE TRANSFER OR LICENSING OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS, AN ASSET CONSIGNMENT AGREEMENT, AND/OR A CLINICAL RESEARCH AGREEMENT DIRECTED TO THE EXECUTION OF THE WINNING PROPOSED RESEARCH STUDY (“the CLINICAL RESEARCH BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP”). THE AGREED UPON PLAN FOR GUIDED FUNDING AND/OR EQUIPMENT CONSIGNMENT WILL BE BASED UPON WINNER’S RECOMMENDATIONS AND MUST, AT A MINIMUM, SET FORTH (A) THE SCOPE, CLINICAL RESEARCH OBJECTIVES, CLINICAL RESEARCH RELATIONSHIP, TIMELINE AND DELIVERABLES FOR THE TWELVE (12) MONTH FUNDING PERIOD; (B) AN EXPLANATION OF THE NECESSARY CONTRIBUTORS AND THEIR ANTICIPATED RESPONSIBILITIES AND DELIVERABLES; (C) A PROJECT BUDGET FOR UTILIZATION OF THE GRANT AWARD, AND (D) TERMS FOR SUBMISSION OF A FINAL REPORT AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE FUNDING PERIOD WHICH WILL SUMMARIZE RESULTS AND COMPARE OUTCOMES TO THE INITIAL PROPOSED RESULTS FOR THE RESEARCH STUDY (THE “AGREED UPON PLAN”). MANY OF THE INPUTS FOR THIS AGREED UPON PLAN WILL BE DRAWN FROM YOUR ENTRY.
12. CONFIDENTIALITY: Since Sponsors do not wish to receive confidential information, nor hold any submitted materials “in confidence,” it is agreed that, with respect to your Entry, no confidential relationship or obligation of secrecy is established between Sponsors and you, the company or entity you represented when submitting an Entry, or the owner of any part of your Entry.Moreover, you acknowledge and agree that, as such, Sponsors and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, contractors, and licensees and other business partners (as well as their respective successors and assigns) are not under any obligation of confidentiality with respect to the Entry or any information contained therein, will have no obligation or liability to you or any other person or entity for the disclosure or other utilization of such Entry or information, and will be free to use such Entry or information for any purpose whatsoever. Sponsors shall have no liability or responsibility for use by any other individual or entity of any aspect of your Entry.
13. WARRANTIES: By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that all information in your Entry and all information that you submit via the CFP Website is true and complete to the best of your knowledge, that you have the right and authority to submit the Entry and disclose the information therein on your own behalf or on behalf of the persons and entities that you specify within the Entry, and that your Entry (and the underlying technology/method/idea described in the Entry):
is your own original work and representative of your capability, or is the original work of your team submitted with the permission of all team members with full and proper credit given within your Entry;
contains NO confidential information or trade secrets (yours or anyone else’s);
does not, to the best of your knowledge, violate or infringe upon the patent rights, industrial design rights, copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;
contains no malicious code, such as viruses, malware, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information;
does not and will not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, confidentiality agreement or other agreement;
triggers no reporting, or royalty or other obligation to any third party; and,
has not won any other prize or award.
A breach of any warranty set out in this provision of the Official Rules will result in the corresponding Entry being invalid. In addition, you agree to indemnify Sponsors against all loss, damages and costs incurred by the Sponsors arising from your breach of the warranty.
14. JUDGING: AllEntries will be evaluated by undergoing the evaluation processes described herein to determine the most promising Entries.
EQUIPMENT SUPPORT Proposals: Proposals requesting only equipment support (“Equipment Support CFP’s”) will be vetted and reviewed solely via a one round evaluation process (“Round 1 Evaluation,” as described herein). Round 1 Evaluation will be conducted by a panel of at least two (2) judges who are GE Healthcare employees with expertise in the Ultrasound field (the “Round 1 Judging Panel”). Equipment Support CFP’s will be eligible for an “Equipment Support Award” (as defined in Rule 15).
GRANT FUNDING Proposals (WITH OR WITHOUT REQUESTS FOR EQUIPMENT SUPPORT): Proposals requesting grant funding only or grant funding AND equipment support (“Grant Funding CFP’s”) will be considered separate and apart from Equipment Support CFP’s. All Grant Funding CFP’s will undergo the Round 1 Evaluation, and the most promising Grant Funding Proposals, as identified by the Round 1 Judging Panel, will undergo a further evaluation (“Round 2 Evaluation”, described herein). The Round 2 Evaluation will be conducted by a panel of at least three (3) judges who are GE Healthcare employees with expertise in the Ultrasound field as well as product marketing and product development (the “Round 2 Judging Panel”). Grant Funding CFP’s will be eligible for a “Grant Funding Award” (as defined in Rule 15).
ROUND 1 EVALUATION AND JUDGING CRITERIA: This review will focus on the scientific merit and environment and feasibility of a Proposal. The evaluation process will consider compliance with the Entry Requirements (as defined herein), as well as the following criteria (collectively the “Round 1 Judging Criteria”):
Approach:Is the research plan well designed? Are the proposed methods and statistical plan scientifically rigorous to yield research that will contribute to the advancement of scientific or clinical knowledge? Is the scientific rationale supported by preliminary data or published research? Are appropriate control populations identified? Are the inclusion and exclusion criteria sufficiently defined and justified? Do the investigators acknowledge possible areas of difficulty in methodology or recruitment and are alternate strategies proposed?
Innovation: Does the research propose a novel approach to the topic, or propose the use of unique methods, or the novel application of existing methods, treatments, or technology?
Significance:Do the goals and aims of the proposed research address issues of relevance to liver health? If the research is successful, is it likely to benefit to the population at large?
Environment and Feasibility:
Investigator(s): Is the research team (investigators, clinician staff, statisticians, etc.) appropriate to accomplish the proposed research? Does the research team have the skills, experience, and resources (including access to the required subject populations) to successfully conduct the proposed research within the projected timeframe? Are the levels of effort of the team members appropriate?
Institution: Does the institution have the appropriate experts, resources, experience and operations to accomplish the proposed research within the proposed timeframe? Applications that are multi-institutional or involve collaborating research groups are encouraged.
Likelihood of Success:Does the research plan have a high likelihood of resulting in peer-reviewed publications? Is the scientific rationale supported by preliminary data or published research? Are appropriate control populations identified? Are the inclusion and exclusion criteria sufficiently defined and justified? Do the investigators acknowledge possible areas of difficulty in methodology or recruitment and are alternate strategies proposed?
ROUND 2 EVALUATION: During this Round 2 Evaluation, the most promising Grant Funding CFP’s identified in Round 1 will be individually numbered and all identifying information will be removed. These “Blinded Proposals” will then be evaluated by the Round 2 Judging Panel.
The Round 2 Evaluation considers the Round 1 Judging Criteria as well as the following further considerations (“Round 2 Judging Criteria”):
Consistency and applicability of the proposed research goals;
Assessment of probability of successful completion of the research.
All Judging will occur during the period from mid-September through November 2018.
Up to five (5) Equipment Support CFP’s that best meet the Round 1 Evaluation Judging Criteria will be selected as winners.
Up to five (4) Grant Funding CFP’s that best meet the Round 1 and 2 Judging Criteria will be selected as winners.
ALL DECISIONS OF GE, BRIGHTIDEA AND THE JUDGES PANEL WILL BE FINAL AND BINDING ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO THIS CFP.
15. AWARDS: “Equipment Support Winners” and “Grant Award Winners” (as defined herein) will be notified on or around early November 2018. Winners will be publicly announced via the Competition Website on or around mid-to-late November 2018.
EQUIPMENT SUPPORT AWARD: Up to five (5) Equipment Support CFPs that best meet the Round 1 Evaluation Judging Criteria will be selected as winners (Equipment Support Winner”) and will be awarded an equipment loan (“Equipment Support Award”).
GRANT AWARD: Up to four (4) Grant Funding CFPs that best meet the Round 1 and 2 Judging Criteria will be selected as winners (“Grant Award Winner”) and will each be eligible to receive a certain amount of funding up to a maximum of USD $75,000 (from a total grant funding award pool of up to USD $300,000), as well as an equipment loan (if requested) (the “Grant Award”). Amounts of the Grant Award may be different for each Grant Award Winner depending on the proposal and amount of support requested.
Award Sponsor reserves the right to award fewer than four (4) Equipment Support Winners and five (5) Grant Award Winners, or no winners, if in Award Sponsor’s sole discretion, an insufficient number of eligible Entries meet the respective Judging Criteria for these awards. Award Sponsor also may, at its own discretion and based on the merits of the Proposals submitted, explore funding an Entry for further development and/or commercialization, even if the Entry is not an Equipment Support Winner or a Grant Award winner. In addition, Award Sponsor may, at its own discretion and based on the merits of the Proposals submitted, explore further funding and/or business arrangements other than those set forth in these Official Rules. In such a case, GE will contact the Entrant and negotiate an appropriate agreement.
AS A CONDITION FOR RECEIPT OF THE EQUIPMENT SUPPORT AWARD AND THE GRANT AWARD, THE EQUIPMENT SUPPORT AND GRANT AWARD WINNERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO EXECUTE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, A DECLARATION OF ELIGIBILITY AND RELEASE AND A CLINICAL RESEARCH AGREEMENT.
No substitution or transfer of awards is permitted. The Equipment Support and Grant Award will be awarded per winning Entry, not per Entrant or number of persons involved in the Entry. All Awards are a one-time offer and there is no offer of licensure, royalty, or other financial compensation implied beyond the Award, unless otherwise mutually agreed in writing between you and Award Sponsor. You are responsible for all taxes and reporting related to any Award that you receive as part of the Competition
This is a contest of skill. Whether or not your Entry is determined as a winner depends on how your Entry compares to the other Entries submitted in the Competition when evaluated based on the Judging Criteria.
16. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Competition, you agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless GE and BrightIdea and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, , parents, contractors, and licensees and other business partners, and advertising and promotions agencies, as applicable, and each of their respective agents, representatives, officers, directors, shareholders, and employees and successors and assigns (collectively, “Sponsor Entities”) from and against any injuries, losses, damages, claims, actions and any liability of any kind (including attorneys’ fees) resulting from or arising out of your participation in, association with or submission to the Event (including any claims alleging that your Entry infringes, misappropriates or violates any third party’s intellectual property rights). Sponsor Entities are not responsible for any miscommunications such as technical failures related to computer, telephone, cable, and unavailable network or server connections, related technical failures, or other failures related to hardware, software or virus, or incomplete, late or misdirected Entries. Any compromise to the fair and proper conduct of this Competition may result in the disqualification of an Entry, termination of the Competition, or other remedial action, at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to extend or modify the dates of the Competition, and to change the terms of these Official Rules governing any portion thereof taking place after the effective date of any such change. By entering, you agree to these Official Rules and to all decisions of Sponsors and/or all of their respective agents, which are final and binding in all respects.
17. NO OBLIGATION: You acknowledge that multiple participants may submit Entries that contain designs, concepts or technologies similar to your Entry and that Award Sponsor and/or its respective subsidiaries, parents, contractors, and licensees and other business partners may already be considering, investigating or developing, or may subsequently consider, investigate or develop independent of the Competition, technical solutions or business activities that are related or similar to those that you disclose in your Entry. You acknowledge and agree that Award Sponsor’s or any such other entity’s actions with respect to any such technical solutions or another Entry, in each case even if related or similar to your Entry or any technology described therein, shall not create in Award Sponsor or any such other entity, any liability to you or others. Further, Award Sponsor and its respective affiliates, subsidiaries, parents, contractors, and licensees and other business partners (as well as its respective successors and assigns) is not or shall not be restricted in any way from pursuing, developing, or commercializing, in any way that it sees fit, independent of you and in its sole discretion, any such technical solutions or business activities or other Entries independent of the Competition and your Entry. For the avoidance of doubt, you acknowledge and agree that Award Sponsor is not obligated to take any action whatsoever with regard to your Entry.
18. SEVERABILITY: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules 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 shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision was not contained herein.
19. WAIVER: By entering the Competition, you waive all rights to seek injunctive or equitable relief, or to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or attorneys’ fees.
20. APPLICABLE LAW: You agree that these terms and the relationship between you and the Sponsors shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the State of New York.
You acknowledge and agree that all aspects and content of your Entry, including the Entry IP (as defined herein), shall be treated as if made in the United States and United States laws relating to patents, inventions, assignments and compensation shall supersede the relevant laws of any country in which the Entry, including the Entry IP (as defined herein), may have been conceived and/or made.