AMPS Challenge for Improving Power Systems Reliability for Innovators and Engineers Worldwide (250,000 USD prize)

Competition Grant / Award in Applied Science , in Engineering , in Natural Science
  • United States, United States
  • Apply Before : September 3, 2021

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 143869
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully FundedPartially Funded
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description

About the competition

Application is now open for the Automated Maintenance of Protection Systems Challenge (AMPS Challenge) for innovators and engineers from all around the world. The competition is held by Freelancer, in partnership with Arrow Electronics, being a first-of-its-kind competition that seeks to support ideas or initiatives that make the power systems more reliable.

Therefore, Freelancer invites innovators and engineers worldwide to share their ideas and solutions for furthering Reclamation’s mission of managing, devising and protecting water and related resources, through increasing its efficiencies in overseeing and testing of electric power protection systems.


Deadline to apply: September 3, 2021 (11:59 pm ET)

Organizer: Freelancer

Sponsored by: The Bureau of Reclamation


The challenge includes a total prize of 250,000 USD for winners.

How does the challenge work?

It is conducted in two phases as follows:

Phase 1:

In this phase, individuals or teams can make submissions, in the form of a whitepaper, to deliver innovative solutions that will improve the reliability of power systems by automating protection system testing. Hence, up to 10 entries will get $10,000.00 each and the opportunity to advance to Phase 2.

Phase 2:

The solvers will develop a lab prototype for functional exhibition and functional testing. Testing will be done in the Denver area. The best prototype will win up to $100,000 USD. Additionally, solvers that outperform in individual benchmarks will receive up to $10,000 USD in awards.

Eligibility conditions

To be eligible for participation in the Challenge, participants need to fulfill the requirements below.

All team members must:

– Satisfy Freelancer eligibility policies.
– agree to and abide by the Terms and Conditions of using the Freelancer Website.
– must verify that their solution is novel and does not contravene Freelancer’s Copyright Infringement Policy.
– be at least at the age of 18 and must be eligible to receive payment under the laws of the United States. United States federal sanctions don’t allow participation from individuals and teams from certain countries. See here.

– Participants from both U.S. and other countries of the world are eligible to enter this competition.

– Applicants shall have a range of skills to carry out the project in the contest (see main link below).

– If you have ever wanted to make on a big infrastructure problem, this is a great chance for you.

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How to participate in the challenge?

You can enter this competition online by completing the online form and submitting all required materials on the AMPS Challenge page.

To take part, you will need to create a prototype that automates maintenance testing of the plants’ protection systems. Furthermore, your solution will further the safety and reliability of the plants, keep the energy flowing while the tests are done, and allow engineers and operators more time to deal with other important issues.

Apply Here

Submission conditions

  • Solutions must come from either the U.S. or a designated country.
  • All products and code provided under this competition will only be installed and tested in a power simulation laboratory environment.
  • Reclamation will bear reasonable costs for transporting prototypes to the testing facility.

Note: All entrants must make submissions in PDF format, in English, and machine-readable (not handwritten). No late submissions will be considered.

For more information about the AMPS Challenge and to learn more about how to prepare a strong application, please visit the Official Contest Page.


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