Entry Form Instructions


This challenge is open to anyone who has an idea or recommendation to improve health care for those coping with PTSD and TBI. To make your entry stand out, please review the suggestions below.

Overall Tips
  • All entries should be original ideas that are actionable. Reserve commentary, questions or other thoughts for the comments section, email correspondence, or other venues.
  • Your ideas will be read by people with various backgrounds and experiences. Help them understand your entry by explaining it as clearly as possible and spelling out acronyms the first time you use them.
  • The earlier you submit your idea, the more opportunity you have for feedback and votes. Entries with the most votes will receive special consideration during the evaluation process.
  • Entries MUST NOT have classified, sensitive or otherwise confidential information.
  • Do not include personally identifiable information, such as Social Security numbers, phone numbers, addresses or email addresses in your entry.
  • Entries that include profanity, personal attacks, or any other material deemed inappropriate by challenge administrators, is prohibited and will be removed. Your participation indicates acceptance of these terms.
  • Read the evaluation criteria on the Judging Process page. Understanding the criteria will help you draft a strong entry.

Entry Form Fields
  • Title. This is the title of your entry. Consider a catchy title to attract attention.
  • Summary. After your entry title, this is the first thing people will see when they scroll through the ideas. It’s intended to serve as the “teaser” to draw readers into the rest of your entry. Keep in mind, most of your idea’s details will be covered in the other fields, so use this quick summary space wisely.
  • Tags. Have you seen the "Tags" section on the bottom of the right column? The tags you add to your entry fill that list. They also help people find your ideas in the "search" function. Take a look at the list and use similar language, if possible. This keeps similar concepts together (for example: IT, technology, tech).
  • Attachment. This is an optional field. Feel free to upload an image or any additional information that will enhance your entry. Think of it as curb appeal for your idea.
  • What gap[s] in research, services, technologies, or products for issues related to PTSD and TBI does your idea address? Ideas are most intriguing when they address a significant need. Use this space to describe the problem/need, explain any related context, and tell us why it's interesting and important. The context you provide in this field sets the stage for the solution you will propose in one of the next fields.
  • Why is it important to address these gaps? List here what would happen if the need remains unmet.
  • Who are the individuals affected by these gaps in care? List the range of stakeholders affected by the need you identified above.
  • What is your idea on how to fill these gaps? Use this space to explain how you will tackle the need you described earlier. Your idea can include new services, technologies, products, or specific research related to PTSD and TBI.
  • What are the benefits of your solution? What is the impact of your solution, please be as specific as possible.
  • What would be required to implement this idea? Provide an estimate, to the best of your knowledge, of the resources that you would need to bring your idea to life. Think of this as a blueprint to implementation, and try to be as specific as possible even if you don’t have exact numbers. Including this information will help judges to measure the level of effort required to pursue your idea.
  • What is the status of your solution? Select the status of completion from the list:
    • Currently exists and is being used
    • Currently exists but isn’t used
    • In development
    • Needs to be built
  • If currently exists, please provide a reference
  • Is there anything else that you would like to share? Take this opportunity to provide any additional content or information about your idea.