Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is an irreversible, unpredictable and incurable interstitial lung disease. Patients and families are burdened with archaic oxygen management issues, a lack of consistent education, and no real comprehensive care management tools.
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Once a valid application has been submitted, a minimum of five judges will be assigned to score each submission. Those judges will offer both scores and comments against each of four distinct traits. Each trait will be scored on a 0-5 point scale, in increments of 0.1. Those scores will combine to produce a total normalized score. Examples of possible scores for a trait are: 1.4, 3.7, etc.
The most straightforward way to ensure that everyone is treated by the same set of standards would be to have the same judges score every application; unfortunately, due to the number of applications that we may receive, that is not possible.
Since the same judges will not score every application, the question of fairness needs to be explained carefully. One judge scoring an application may take a more critical view, giving any assigned candidate a range of scores only between 1.0 and 2.0, as an example; meanwhile, another judge may be more generous and want to score every submission between 4.0 and 5.0.
For illustrative purposes, let’s look at the scores from two hypothetical judges:
The first judge is far more generous, as a scorer, than the second judge, who gives much lower scores. If your application was rated by the first judge, it would earn a much higher total score than if it was assigned to the second judge.
We have a way to address this issue. We work to ensure that no matter which judges are assigned to you, each application will be treated fairly. each application will be treated fairly. To do this, we utilize a mathematical technique relying on two measures of distribution, the mean and the standard deviation.
The mean takes all the scores assigned by a judge, adds them up, and divides them by the number of scores assigned, giving an average score.
Formally, we denote the mean like this:
The standard deviation measures the “spread” of a judge’s scores. As an example, imagine that two judges both give the same mean (average) score, but one gives many zeros and fives, while the other gives more ones and fours. It wouldn't be fair, if we didn’t consider this difference.
Formally, we denote the standard deviation like this:
To ensure that the judging process is fair, we rescale all the scores to match the judging population. In order to do this, we measure the mean and the standard deviation of all scores across all judges. Then, we change the mean score and the standard deviation of each judge to match.
We rescale the standard deviation like this:
Then, we rescale mean like this:
Basically, we are finding the difference between both distributions for a single judge and those for all of the judges combined, then adjusting each score so that no one is treated unfairly according to which judges they are assigned.
If we apply this rescaling process to the same two judges in the example above, we can see the outcome of the final resolved and normalized scores. They appear more similar, because they are now aligned with typical distributions across the total judging population.
We are pleased to answer any questions you have about the scoring process. You are able to ask questions related to the scoring process on the discussion forums once you register and begin developing your application.
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Three Lakes Partners welcomes applications from Entities that have a recognized legal structure under applicable law and in good standing in the jurisdiction in which they are organized. The legal form of an eligible organization may include either nonprofit or for profit Entities. While eligible Entities are encouraged to enter into public partnerships with government agencies, government agencies are not eligible to apply. Universities and colleges, including those that may have been organized under State or federal charter, are eligible to apply.
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Applications by collaborations or groups of organizations
Organizations may join together in a single application subject to these RULES. However, any Award must be distributed to a single legal entity that will maintain the responsibility and authority for the use of and reporting on any funds and that will exercise in fact direction, control and supervision of the proposed project.
All applicant organizations are required to submit the following documents before consideration of any grant Award may be available, in addition to the application requirements published on this website:
Please take time to read the Sample Provisions for Grant Agreement with a Winner for any other possible requirements.
Financial and Organizational Capacity
All applicants must demonstrate their financial and organizational capacity to carry out the proposed project and to appropriately manage any Award, should they be designated as a Winner.
Three Lakes Partners reserves the right to perform any background checks on key individuals associated with any proposed project, and the refusal by the key individuals to provide necessary authorizations may be a reason to reject any application for further consideration. Three Lakes Partners also reserves the right to request any audited financial statements from any organization scheduled to receive any funds.
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The anticipated event where Finalists will be expected to present their proposals before an esteemed Selection Committee is [enter details, including the amount of time to prepare any presentations (~2.5 weeks, TBD)].
We look forward to receiving your most thoughtful and creative Entry.
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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) patients currently face a harrowing experience, but if more patient-centered products and services were developed to serve this population, their experience could be more comfortable. The IPF Catalyst Challenge is designed to engage innovators and entrepreneurs in the tech, healthcare, and scientific research communities to find and design better quality-of-life solutions for IPF patients and their caregivers.
Together with your help, we can make their lives better.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, irreversible, and incurable lung disease that kills the same number of people every year as breast cancer. Without any known cause, it starts with scarring – or stiffening – of the lung tissue that prohibits the lungs from properly moving oxygen into the bloodstream, making it difficult to breathe. It is a chronic illness that progresses differently in every patient, but ultimately never improves.
There is still no cure for IPF, and after diagnosis, most only live for 3-5 years. Most IPF-related deaths can be attributed to respiratory failure, yet other causes of death include pulmonary hypertension, heart failure, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, and lung cancer.
“IPF kills about the same number of people each year as breast cancer, yet it remains an unknown disease that receives very little attention. We’ve taken a stand and created the IPF Catalyst Challenge so brilliant minds everywhere can come together to help improve the lives of IPF patients and their caregivers, and help eradicate this disease that has claimed countless lives.”
Ken Bahk, PhD
Managing director, Three Lakes Partners
What is the IPF Catalyst Challenge?
The IPF Catalyst Challenge will award a total purse of $1,000,000 for the development of big ideas that improve the quality of life for IPF patients. The Challenge is open to nonprofit agencies and for-profit ventures, but you may also participate as part of a collaboration between organizations. We welcome teams with public partners, but we prefer that government entities are not the primary organization on the application.
Your team will be asked to explain a problem and a solution related to a specific need of IPF patients. The IPF Catalyst Challenge is designed to invite a broad range of big ideas to the table, and you may choose to focus your submission on one of the categories below.
Important Background Information to Get You Started
To help you understand the depth of this serious condition and the lives it impacts, we've provided background material that will immerse you and your team within IPF. To view, please click on the following links:
Please take time to read all of the application requirements before starting your team’s submission. Also, we encourage you to read the rules that define your team’s role in the IPF Catalyst Challenge. Each application must be completed in English. The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 8, at 5:00 p.m., CT. Please post any questions regarding your team’s APPLICATION using our Forums.
We want to generate buzz for every great proposal. So, we are offering an introductory section, where you get to provide a broad overview of your solution. We may reveal this information to the public, to other potential funders, and to key opinion leaders (KOLs) in healthcare and IPF. Make sure that your Quick Pitch requires no other context. This is your chance to leave a strong first impression.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: ONE SENTENCE (25 words)
Provide a single sentence description of your proposed solution.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: PARAGRAPH (150 words)
Provide a summary of the most compelling aspects of your solution. Keep your summary to one paragraph. We may use this content to describe our most promising applicants on our website.
This is your opportunity to make a personal connection with our judges or to market your solution to an external audience. You are asked to submit a video presentation, which captures your commitment to your proposal. You will upload a short digital film – your Video Pitch must follow these guidelines:
Here are some logistical and technical suggestions:
Here are general suggestions for delivering a high-quality video pitch:
Hone your content:
Practice numerous times and solicit feedback from colleagues, family, and friends before submitting.
You will record your video and upload to YouTube; then, you will enter your YouTube Video ID.
The following information is required to capture a basic understanding of the leadership, structure, capabilities, and vision of your team.
TEAM LEADER (POINT OF CONTACT)
Each team must be led by one person, who assumes final responsibility for completing the application. Team Leaders may delegate responsibilities to others, but each Team Leader will act as the primary point of contact and must have a working knowledge of all decisions made by the team. Please provide the name and title of your Team Leader. A Team Leader may be different than the person who completed registration.
PRIMARY ORGANIZATION (10 words)
Please provide the name of the organization with whom your Team Leader is affiliated. Any Winner(s) of the IPF Catalyst Challenge will be required to enter into an Agreement with our sponsor. Therefore, select your Team Leader and his/her Primary Organization, based on the authority to enter into a binding contract on behalf of those accountable for implementing your proposed solution.
STRUCTURE OF PRIMARY ORGANIZATION
Please describe the legal structure of your Primary Organization. We accept applications from nonprofit agencies or for-profit ventures. The IPF Catalyst Challenge welcomes teams with public partners, but we prefer that your Primary Organization is not a government entity.
MANAGEMENT (200 words)
Please provide a narrative description of your team management structure with the name/title for each executive, who assumes a key role/responsibility for delivering the proposed solution. Describe the relationship between your senior leaders. You may describe a formal organizational chart, but we want to understand how they share responsibilities and/or hold one another accountable.
EXPERIENCE (250 words)
Include a brief biographical statement for up to three of your team members who oversee the management of your team. You may also list the names and credentials of any key advisors, not included as a member of your team (up to three) who are responsible for providing counsel, where management appears to lack relevant credentials. If your organization is governed by a Board of Directors, please describe those Directors and any controlling authority that they have (or do not have). Emphasize any prior successes or achievement that is related to your proposed solution. Focus on convincing our judges that your team has the talent and track record to deliver results.
PARTNERSHIPS (optional – 200 words)
If your team has agreed to partner with one or more other organization(s), provide a brief narrative of the structure of your partnerships, including any decision-making authority between the parties. Please note that your application requires that the Primary Organization has secured permission to represent any partner(s), to disclose information on behalf of any partner(s), and to propose any operational or financial information that is binding to the partner(s).
WHAT MOTIVATES YOUR TEAM? (150 words)
Perhaps the single strongest indicator of future success is the grit and resilience of your team. We want to understand that your team has the credentials and experience to succeed, but we also know that real success demands more. This is your opportunity to describe the passion and commitment that you offer. Why have you chosen to pledge yourselves to this difficult but important task? What motivates you today, and can we expect that your commitment would endure over time?
In this section, you will describe your team’s proposed solution. Emphasize how your team’s specific plans align with the four traits that will be used to score your application.
PROBLEM STATEMENT (200 words)
Each team must start with a clear and compelling understanding of a specific need of IPF patients. Your charge is to improve the quality of life for those suffering from IPF. Our judges will score your application based on the scope and impact of the problem that you have selected. Context is important. So, explain the circumstance that led to the problem – why does the problem persist within the current system? Explain how current efforts (if any) are either insufficient or unavailable to solve the problem. If any previous attempts have been made to solve the problem, why did they fail? Later, you will offer a detailed description of your solution; so, this is your chance to convey your team’s appreciation and depth of understanding for the complexity of the issues that you will address.
YOUR SOLUTION CATEGORY
During registration, you provided an initial category for the solution that you were considering. Now, please take time to confirm or change that category.
YOUR APPROACH (250 words)
Now that you’ve defined the problem that you are solving, you will propose the product or service to deliver results within your solution category. The IPF Catalyst Challenge is designed to invite a broad range of big ideas to the table. You may start with a description of your strategic approach, but you must ground your proposal with a specific application that is most appropriate to the conditions that you have previously described. You are welcome to deliver any technical explanation(s), but the judges assigned to your team may not have relevant technical expertise. So, explain what you are proposing but emphasize why your approach is both relevant and meaningful.
PROJECTED IMPACT (200 words)
Now that we know what you are offering and why, describe the intended outcome of your product or service. As you assert any claims, make your case based on the most realistic explanation of your projected impact. Describe how many IPF patients might benefit from your proposal and/or the degree to which any one IPF patient may realize an improvement in quality of life.
SYSTEMS INTEGRATION (200 words)
Healthcare is complicated. Whether you are offering a product or service, reaching patients and appealing to their needs frequently involves satisfying other interests, such as insurance companies, doctors and nurses, front-line caretakers, hospital or patient care centers, to name a few… As you consider how your offering fits into the larger marketplace, explain how you plan to integrate your solution within the relevant system(s). Who is critical to your success? What do they require to help you succeed? And, how are you prepared to work with those other interests to ensure your success?
PROJECT PLANNING (250 words)
We want to understand how you plan to spend $333,000 to realize your proposed solution. Some teams will arrive with a strong record of achievement, while other teams may offer early stage big ideas. In either case, this is your opportunity to explain what you will do, if named as a Winner of the IPF Catalyst Challenge. Later, you will offer a more detailed description in a project plan – take time to cross reference each of these responses, so that our judges can understand the relevance of specific tasks.
YOUR PROJECT PLAN
In this section, you are asked to list the individual tasks you plan to complete, to implement and manage your team’s proposed project. This exercise is important for our judges, so that they can understand your practical approach and the feasibility of your planning process.
PROJECT SUPPORT (optional – 150 words)
Now that you’ve mapped your project plan, please describe the use of any volunteers or other in-kind resources by describing those contributions against any relevant task(s) identified in Your Project Plan. Your description of any necessary project support is intended to show where difficult tasks will be supported through means other than funding. In your response, you may refer to partnership(s) that have been previously identified.
PROJECT TRACKING & METRICS (150 words)
Provide the way in which you plan to measure the overall performance of the proposed project. You will choose how to calculate your performance, but you are required to submit projected goals and the means through which you will track results. While projects may range according to their goals and the way in which they define success, our judges will assess your response according to how precisely your methodologies will track meaningful outcomes and how closely your metrics are linked to a realistic assessment of your performance.
PROJECT RISK MANAGEMENT (150 words)
Please describe threats to the proposed project and your plan to address them. While every project is different, we expect you to raise any assumptions and how you intend to manage risk(s).
FUTURE PLANNING (150 words)
Explain how your team plans to sustain and/or expand the impact of your solution over time. If your plan requires additional resources, please describe the most likely pathway for securing any additional support. Illustrate your long-term vision for the growth and future success of your solution.
While the information provided in the previous section is intended to reveal strategic and practical implementation plans for your solution, we also require other information necessary for our judges to understand the financial sustainability of your proposal and your organization(s).
TOTAL PROJECT COST
What are the detailed costs to implement the proposed project within the specified duration? This includes capital expenditures and operational expenditures. Please list and describe each cost category in the following table. If they require further explanation, you may submit NOTES at the end of the table. Your total project cost should not exceed $333,000.
TEAM SUSTAINABILITY (200 words)
An important consideration is the sustainability of your organization(s) beyond any funds provided through the IPF Catalyst Challenge. Please take time to read how we describe Sustainability in our rubric. The IPF Catalyst Challenge is open to both existing and start-up teams. So, this is your opportunity to describe how you plan to operate beyond the project described in your project plan. What is the long-term vision for your Primary Organization and any partner(s), if applicable.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS (optional – 250 words)
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3.9 RAMPIT may communicate with You through the username/email that You provide at registration. You agree to notify RAMPIT within a reasonable time if there are any changes to Your details. If You fail to notify RAMPIT of any changes to Your details, You agree to waive any objection, claim, defense or recourse You might have had as a consequence of RAMPIT failing to communicate with You. If You change Your email address and fail to notify RAMPIT of the change, RAMPIT will be deemed to have communicated with You on the date on which it communicated with the email address most recently provided by You.
3.10 You warrant that any Content provided or posted by You (through registration or otherwise):
3.11 If RAMPIT believes that any Content contravenes Clause 3.10 (or any other provision of this Agreement), it may remove that Content and/or take any other steps as it deems necessary to protect itself or third parties against any Loss. To the maximum extent permitted by law, RAMPIT will not be liable for any Loss to any person arising from the removal of Content under this Section.
4. Terminating Your Participation
4.1 Subject to Clause 4.2, You may terminate Your participation at any time and without cause by notifying RAMPIT through this Website.
4.2 If You terminate Your participation, this Agreement and any other applicable terms and conditions will continue to apply to any Postings made by You prior to giving the notice described in Clause 4.1 above.
4.3 RAMPIT may, in its absolute discretion, terminate or suspend Your participation at any time and without notice if it believes that.
4.4 If RAMPIT terminates Your participation, RAMPIT may in its absolute discretion withdraw any Postings submitted or made by You. If RAMPIT terminates Your participation, RAMPIT may, at its sole discretion, immediately withdraw Your Entries, which will have no force and effect from the date on which Your participation was terminated.
4.5 Subject to Clause 4.4, if RAMPIT suspends Your participation, any entries or other Postings submitted or made by You may be suspended for the period in which Your participation is suspended.
4.6 If Your participation is terminated, either by You or by RAMPIT:
5. Use of this Website
5.1 You must not use the Website to facilitate or participate in any illegal activity or engage in any activity which RAMPIT, in its absolute discretion, considers inappropriate. RAMPIT reserves the right to terminate or restrict Your access to this Website immediately and indefinitely if it suspects that You are engaging in any such behavior or are in breach of any terms of this Agreement. You agree that You will only use Your User Account and this Website for the purposes of using the Services and for no other purpose. Without limiting the foregoing, in using Your User Account and accessing the Website, You agree not to:
6. Terms specific to Competitors
6.1 If You are registered as a Competitor, You agree and acknowledge that.
6.2 The Competition Sponsor reserves the right to conduct an administrative review of any Entry or any Competitor in order to screen for completeness and other Entry Content requirements (as described in the Competition Terms and Conditions) before distributing approved Entries to Judges.
6.3 Competitors permit RAMPIT, the Competition Sponsor, and/or any entity designated by the Competition Sponsor, to publish any Entry, Entry Content, or Content to other Competitors, Judges or other designees, as necessary, to promote greater transparency, collaboration, and follow-on investment for Competitors during and after the Competition.
7. RAMPIT's relationship with Competitor and Competition Sponsor
7.1 RAMPIT is not involved in any way in the formation of any contract between any Competitor and the Competition Sponsor. RAMPIT at no time acts as an agent for any Competitor.
7.2 RAMPIT will not be liable to You in any respect if a Competition Sponsor or Competitor fails to perform its obligations under this Agreement or the Competition.
7.3 The Competition Sponsor will at all times be responsible for the bestowal of any Award(s) in accordance with the Agreement and the Competition Terms and Conditions. RAMPIT will have no liability whatsoever in respect to the failure of a Competition Sponsor to bestow any Award(s), and You acknowledge and agree that You will not take action of any kind against RAMPIT in respect to any claim for any Award(s) that You may or may not have or wish to make.
8. Terms specific to any Winner and Competition Sponsor
8.1 Any Winner agrees that any Award is conditional upon receipt by the Competition Sponsor of any Entry Content used or consulted by that Winner in generating the winning Entry and that any Award will not be bestowed until this condition has been satisfied.
8.2 Any Winner and the Competition Sponsor acknowledge and agree that, once any Winner has been chosen and notified, the Competition Sponsor may elect to enter into a separate agreement (a “Separate Agreement” or “Grant Agreement”) with the Entity represented by that Winner. Sample provisions of the Separate Agreement are provided here for clarification. RAMPIT and its third party providers will not be a party to this Separate Agreement and will have no responsibility or liability whatsoever in relation to the performance or failure to perform under the Separate Agreement.
8.3 The Competition Sponsor acknowledges that RAMPIT does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or utility of any Entry or associated Entry Content from a Winner.
9. Taxes on Awards
9.1 You will be responsible for any tax, levy, or other charge that may arise under any applicable law from the use of this website, including from receiving any Award(s). You acknowledge that You will not be entitled to demand any additional payment by reason of any Award(s) being subject to any tax, levy, or other charge in any jurisdiction.
10. Limitation of liability
10.1 THIS WEBSITE AND SERVICES, AND ALL CONTENT ASSOCIATED THEREWITH, ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITH ALL FAULTS AND WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, RAMPIT AND COMPETITION SPONSOR AND THE OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS AND SUPPLIERS OF EACH EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY, OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. RAMPIT DOES NOT WARRANT THIS WEBSITE AND RELATED SERVICES AND THE CONTENT PROVIDED THROUGH IT, INCLUDING THE ENTRIES AND ASSOCIATED ENTRY CONTENT, TO BE AVAILABLE, ACCURATE, USEFUL, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. YOU ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR EQUIPMENT, SOFTWARE, LOSS OF DATA, OR OTHER HARM THAT RESULTS FROM YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE (INCLUDING THE SERVICES).
10.2 UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL RAMPIT OR COMPETITION SPONSOR OR THE OWNERS, DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AFFILIATES, LICENSORS OR SUPPLIERS OF EITHER BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES ARISING OR RELATED TO THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF DATA, LOSS OF BUSINESS OR ANTICIPATED SAVINGS, EVEN IF RAMPIT OR COMPETITION SPONSOR OR THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF EITHER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THESE LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY NOTWITHSTANDING ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE OF ANY LIMITED REMEDY.
Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, You agree that neither RAMPIT NOR THE COMPETITION SPONSOR are responsible for any Loss arising out of, or in any way connected with:
10.3 For the avoidance of doubt, You acknowledge that RAMPIT is a provider of an interactive computer service and that neither RAMPIT nor COMPETITION SPONSOR is a publisher under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, and therefore not responsible for any of the Users' Postings. If, notwithstanding the provisions of this Clause 10.3, a court of competent jurisdiction holds RAMPIT or COMPETITION SPONSOR liable in respect of any matters arising under or incidental to this Agreement, RAMPIT'S AND COMPETITION SPONSOR’S TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE OR RELATED SERVICES (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WARRANTY, OR OTHERWISE) WILL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU FOR USING THIS WEBSITE DURING THE 12 MONTHS PRECEDING YOUR CLAIM, OR, IF NO AMOUNT WAS PAID, SUCH LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO $100.
10.4 You agree that neither RAMPIT nor COMPETITION SPONSOR nor the third party providers of either will be liable or responsible for any failure in, or delay to, the provision of the Services or in RAMPIT nor COMPETITION SPONSOR complying with its obligations under this Agreement where such failure or delay has arisen as a direct or indirect result of:
11.1 You agree to indemnify and hold RAMPIT and the Competition Sponsor, its owners, officers, employees, agents and suppliers, harmless from all claims and Losses (including legal fees) due to or arising out of or in connection with Your Postings, Competition, Competition Information and other Content (as applicable), Your use of this Website, or Your breach of this Agreement.
12. Access to the Site outside of the United States
12.1 Neither RAMPIT nor COMPETITION SPONSOR represents or warrants that the content on this Website complies with the laws of any country outside of the United States. If You access this Website from outside the United States, You do so at Your own risk.
13. Intellectual property
13.1 You acknowledge that, as between the parties, RAMPIT is the owner of all Intellectual Property Rights in and to this Website. You acknowledge that You have no Intellectual Property Rights in or to this Website or to any Postings except for a limited license to use this Website as necessary to participate in a Competition or evaluate the possibility of such participation.
13.2 You acknowledge that all text, graphics, user interfaces, photographs, trademarks, logos and artwork, including the design, structure, selection, coordination, expression, 'look and feel' and arrangement of such Content, provided by RAMPIT or its licensors on this Website is owned or licensed by or to RAMPIT and is protected by applicable copyright, patent and trademark laws and various other intellectual property rights and unfair competition laws. No such Content can be copied, publicly displayed, modified, sold, licensed or distributed in any way by You without RAMPIT's prior written consent. You shall not use the name “Three Lakes Partners” or any variation, adaptation, or abbreviation thereof, or the name of any Three Lakes Partners Board members, officers, employees, or agents, or any trademark owned by Three Lakes Partners, in any promotional material or other public announcement or disclosure, nor copied, publicly displayed, modified, sold, licensed or distributed in any way by You without the prior written consent of Three Lakes Partners, which consent Three Lakes Partners may withhold in its sole discretion.
14. Third party sites
14.1 From time to time, RAMPIT may provide, or any Content may contain, links to Third Party Sites and resources. You acknowledge that:
14.2 You acknowledge and agree that neither RAMPIT nor COMPETITION SPONSOR will be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any Loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with Your use of or reliance on any Content or material available on or through any Third Party Sites or resource.
15.1 In the interest of resolving disputes between You and RAMPIT or COMPETITION SPONSOR in the most expedient and cost effective manner, You and RAMPIT or COMPETITION SPONSOR agree that any and all disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Our agreement to arbitrate disputes includes, but is not limited to all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of this Agreement, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms. You understand and agree that, by entering into these Terms, You and RAMPIT or COMPETITION SPONSOR are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.
15.2 You and RAMPIT or COMPETITION SPONSOR each agree that nothing herein shall be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit any rights to (i) bring an individual action in small claims court, (ii) pursue enforcement actions through applicable federal, state, or local agencies where such actions are available, (iii) seek injunctive relief in a court of law, or (iv) to file suit in a court of law to address intellectual property infringement claims.
15.3 Any arbitration between You and RAMPIT or COMPETITION SPONSOR will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by these Terms, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.
15.4 A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other, by certified mail or Federal Express (signature required), or in the event that we do not have a physical address on file for You, by electronic mail ("Notice"). RAMPIT's address for Notice is: RAMPIT, LLC, 805 2nd Avenue South, #3, Nashville, TN 37210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The COMPETITION SPONSOR’s address is Three Lakes Partners, ATTN: Ken Bahk (Managing Partner), 4065 Commercial Avenue, Northbrook, Illinois 60062-1851. The Notice must: (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and, (b) set forth the specific relief sought. We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 calendar days after the Notice is received, You may commence arbitration proceedings.
15.5 Any arbitration hearings will take place at a location to be agreed upon by the parties to the arbitration or, if a location cannot be agreed upon, then it will be agreed upon by the arbitrator(s), provided that if the claim is for $10,000 or less, You may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 calendar days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits.
15.6 YOU AND RAMPIT OR COMPETITION SPONSOR AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both You and RAMPIT or COMPETITION SPONSOR agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
15.7 If only Clause 15.6 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 15 shall be null and void and, in such case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 17 shall govern any action arising out of or related to the Agreement.
16. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
16.1 If you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing RAMPIT's copyright agent (the "Copyright Agent") with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):
16.2 RAMPIT's designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is Copyright Agent, RAMPIT, LLC, 805 2nd Avenue South, #3, Nashville, TN 37210, email: email@example.com. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section 17, your DMCA notice may not be valid.
16.3 If you believe that your Content that was removed (or to which access was disabled) is not infringing, or that you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner's agent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the material in your Content, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information to the Copyright Agent:
16.4 If a counter-notice is received by the Copyright Agent, RAMPIT may send a copy of the counter-notice to the original complaining party informing that person that it may replace the removed Content or cease disabling it in 10 business days. Unless the copyright owner files an action seeking a court order against the Content provider, member or user, the removed Content may be replaced, or access to it restored, in 10 to 14 business days or more after receipt of the counter-notice, at RAMPIT's sole discretion.
17.1 As defined in Clause 1.1, this Agreement is the entire agreement between You and RAMPIT relating to the subject matter herein, and supersedes all previous communications, representations, understandings and agreements, either oral or written, between You and RAMPIT with respect to said subject matter. This Agreement shall not be modified except in a writing signed by both parties, or by a change made as provided in Clause 2.2. If any provision of this Agreement is invalid or unenforceable, such invalidity or unenforceability will not affect the remainder of this Agreement, which is severable from said provision and will remain in full force and effect.
17.2 If You breach any provision of this Agreement and RAMPIT has knowledge (either actual or constructive) of that breach, a failure to pursue legal action or to enforce any remedy against You will not constitute a waiver of its legal rights. Any waiver of rights under this Agreement must be in writing and signed by RAMPIT.
17.3 All matters relating to this Website and this Agreement are governed by and are to be construed according to the laws applicable in the state of Tennessee, United States (without regard to any rules governing choice of law). If one or more of the exceptions from arbitration expressly set forth in Section 15 above apply, You agree unconditionally to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Davidson County, Tennessee, in relation to all matters arising out of or in any way connected with this Agreement or this Website.
17.4 RAMPIT may assign its rights and novate or transfer obligations which arise under this Agreement. You must not assign, novate or otherwise transfer Your rights or obligations under this Agreement without the prior written consent of RAMPIT. Any assignment attempted in violation of this Clause shall be void.
17.5 The parties agree that no rule of construction applies to the disadvantage of a party because that party was responsible for the preparation of this Agreement or part of it.
17.6 Unless otherwise requested in writing by You, RAMPIT may refer to You and Your corporate identity (if applicable) as part of promoting this Website and RAMPIT in the marketplace.
17.7 RAMPIT accepts content uploaded from Users in good faith and on the basis of warranties provided by Users. It is Your responsibility at all times to investigate and become satisfied as to the accuracy of the information provided by any other party (including all Users) on this Website. RAMPIT at no time makes any representations as to the accuracy of any information provided on this Website.
17.8 You acknowledge and agree that to the extent that this Agreement relates to a Competition, a prospective Competition or any Posting, this Agreement is intended also to be for the benefit of the Competition Sponsor, the Competitors and other Users, who are entitled to enforce the provisions of this Agreement against You.
17.9 All notices, requests, demands, consents, approvals, offers, agreements or other communications given by You to RAMPIT must be emailed to RAMPIT at firstname.lastname@example.org
17.10 In the interpretation of this Agreement, unless the contrary intention appears:
17.11 This Competition is a skills-based challenge to resolve bona fide requirements and not, for clarity, any game(s) of chance.
This document represents a contract between a winner of the IPF Catalyst Challenge and Three Lakes Partners. The IPF Catalyst Challenge Winner will receive $333,000 to carry out work as outlined in their application. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance towards the binding terms of an agreement that any Winner of the IPF Catalyst Challenge will accept in order to receive any Award.
I, [name], am the [position] of [organization] (“Primary Organization”), the agency responsible for the project described in Exhibit A attached hereto (the “Project”).
The Primary Organization hereby acknowledges receipt of the Award letter dated [insert date], from Ken Bahk, Managing Partner of Three Lakes Partners (the “Award Letter”), which letter is incorporated herein by reference. In consideration of having a portion or all of the expenses of the Project paid for by Three Lakes Partners to Primary Organization, I hereby agree, on behalf of and in my capacity as [position] of [organization] and not in my individual capacity, to the terms of the Award as set forth in the Award Letter and as further set forth in this Grant Agreement (“Agreement”).
(a) I agree to keep Three Lakes Partners informed of project developments throughout the course of the project plan outlined in the winning application to the IPF Catalyst Challenge. I agree to provide to Three Lakes Partners a minimum of two written reports per year over the course of the project plan outlined in the winning application to the IPF Catalyst Challenge. The schedule for written reports is contained in Exhibit A.
Each written report must contain two parts: a narrative account and a financial account of what was accomplished by the expenditure of the funds provided by Three Lakes Partners during the period covered by the report.
If written reports are not submitted to Three Lakes Partners on a timely basis, then Three Lakes Partners may withhold further payments.
(b) I agree to submit a final or summary report within 2 months after completing the Project. Given these parameters, I anticipate that I will submit my final or summary report on or before the following date: [insert date]. The final or summary report will include a narrative accounting of all activities funded through this Agreement, a measure of the final impact of the Project, and any other supporting details to fully describe the success and/or failures of the Project.
(c) I will also provide general email updates to Three Lakes Partners on an as-needed basis. Should Three Lakes Partners request any email update, I will respond within 2 business days or less.
(d) I permit Three Lakes Partners and/or its affiliates or designees to publish any written report, as they deem necessary and to whichever parties that they designate as relevant to the Project. I realize that any written report may be edited for length and style.
(e) I agree to advise Three Lakes Partners, through my designated Point of Contact (“POC”), of any academic or other publication(s) that may arise out of or relate to the Project, including citations for each such publication(s);
(f) I agree that funds will be used in accordance with the budget submitted with the proposal.
If I am unable to meet this schedule, I will contact Three Lakes Partners, through my POC, to arrange an extension.
(a) RIGHTS GRANTED. I grant the Three Lakes Partners and its affiliates any opportunity worldwide to publish, present, or otherwise exploit accounts of the Project or information about the Project in each of the following forms (provided that Three Lakes Partners shall notify me following the end of the activities supported by the grant of its intention to exercise its right of publication in one or more of the manners described below):
(i) A popular or academic article for publication in a magazine in English and all local languages, provided that I may write technical articles on the Project for publication at any time and will advise Three Lakes Partners, in advance, of any pending publications;
(ii) An electronically published work about the Project, displayed or distributed through the Internet (e.g. on a web site, via podcast, etc.) or fixed media (e.g. CDROM, DVD, etc.);
(iii) A public lecture or exhibition.
(b) COOPERATION. If I am requested to do so, I will cooperate with Three Lakes Partners in the preparation of any article, electronic work, public lecture, and/or exhibition containing an account of the Project. All rights to any such work, including the copyright and world publication, transmission and broadcast rights, will be shared with Three Lakes Partners. My cooperation will include coordinating with any persons assigned by Three Lakes Partners, at its sole discretion, to request support for representing any activities related to the Project. My cooperation will also include being available for consultation at no fee, and providing the Three Lakes Partners with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all persons who participated in the Project, whether or not listed on the initial grant application. I also will make any research related to the Project available to Three Lakes Partners for review and inclusion into any of its works.
My signature below indicates my acceptance of, and agreement to, the above terms.
Signature of X Date
EXHIBIT A: PROJECT OVERVIEW
The Project Overview exhibit will incorporate by extension the approved elements of the winning Application, the schedule of reporting and payment, and any other related requirements for Three Lakes Partners or a designee to track the performance of the Winner.