RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge
Welcome to the RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge webpage. This Challenge seeks innovative products and approaches from anywhere in the world that address any of five resilience topics described below and can be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia. Like other coastal areas, this region faces significant impacts from sea level rise and recurrent flooding.
Our Challenge encourages teams from all over the world to address the well-defined issues of a specific coastal community, Hampton Roads, but with a view to scaling and replicating the solution to other similar communities globally.
RISE has over US$1M in its Resilience Innovation Fund to support solutions that enhance the resilience of coastal communities. RISE will offer the opportunity, subject to due diligence review, to receive funds to qualifying teams. RISE provides applicants access to data and/or background information for each topic and will also provide access to regional Subject Matter Experts.
RISE CHALLENGE TOPICS
Each of the topics has an actual occurrence in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, U.S. RISE encourages participants to also consider the applicability of their solutions to other regions of the world.
To aid applicants in their solutions, RISE provides Supporting Information for each topic, including: 1) Descriptions of problems 2) What is already being done in Hampton Roads 3) Traditional approaches that have not worked 4) Suggested project topic areas 5) Available data and studies.
We invite teams to submit innovative solutions within the five areas:
Date updated: May 10, 2018
|Water Management||Develop cost-effective management of ground- storm- and/or tidal water, either as affordable short-term mitigations or low-maintenance long-term options in urban environments with high water tables.|
|Data Analytics||Propose big data analytics, integration, and accessibility for multiple applications to help coastal community stakeholders maintain public safety, meet logistics needs, protect property, as well as enhance quality of life among other applications.|
|Viability of Buildings||Maintain the viability of existing buildings facing flood risks. What are the structural or non-structural alternatives beyond traditional approaches such as costly house elevation that individual homeowners could buy that protects buildings for 15 - 30 years in the flood environment, or that are cost effective protections against the higher frequency, lower magnitude recurrent flooding?|
|Critical Systems Functionality||Re-establish and maintain critical systems functionality to a defined critical urban facility. Propose portable systems deployable within 2 hours and able to provide 72 hours of continuous functionality to critical services.|
|Reconnecting Neighborhoods||Enhance the economic prosperity of low/moderate income urban neighborhoods which have been disconnected physically, economically and digitally from the rest of a thriving city.|
The 2018 Challenge topics were identified by more than 60 municipal, national, and international stakeholders and resilience experts during a Challenge Design Workshop organized by RISE and MIT Solve with support of the City of Norfolk Resilience Office and sponsorship from Old Dominion University.
RISE is sourcing innovative solutions through two channels. You can participate in either challenge below, and the MIT Solve Challenge is not a prerequisite to the RISE Challenge:
MIT Solve Coastal Community Challenge
RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenge
Who can apply:Anyone - all vendors or individual urban innovators.
Who can apply:For-profit small businesses and non-profit organizations. *Anyone can submit a solution to RISE but only for-profit small businesses and non-profit organizations will be eligible for funding.
Awards:Finalists will receive a $10,000 grant funded by Solve and will be eligible for additional prizes and partnerships.
Awards:Over $1 million from the Resilience Innovation Fund ($150,000 - $750,000 per company) in form of grants and forgivable loans will be available to selected solutions and viability will be considered to qualify solutions for regional contracts.
Jul 1 –Draft application due
Jul 20 – Final application due
Aug – Solve finalists announced
Sept 22 – Solve finalists pitch in NYC
*Solvers seeking funding can also submit their solutions to the RISE Challenge.
Sept 30 (11:59pm EDT) – Challenge application due
Oct 31 – Challenge finalists announced
Jan 15 - Fund application due
Feb 15 - March 15 - Oral pitches
April - Awards & Contracting
2019 – Spring 2022 – Implementation
*All dates are subject to change by RISE
May 31 - Solveathon in Norfolk, Virginia
May 31 – Solveathon in Norfolk, Virginia
June 19 – Sept 18 - Bi-monthly virtual office hours
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RISE Resilience Innovation Fund
RISE will use over $1M in its Resilience Innovation Fund to support teams with financially sustainable solutions that enhance resilience of coastal communities (see 2018 Challenge topics above), can be demonstrated in Hampton Roads, are scalable to other coastal communities, and have a strong potential to grow jobs in the region. RISE will offer the opportunity, subject to due diligence review, to receive funds to qualifying teams. The Fund is established with federal CDBG-DR funds and will consist of Support Grants, Forgivable Loans, and Workforce Development Grants.
The Fund is in the process of finalizing its evaluation procedures and will start accepting applications for funding in November 2018. A final list of program guidelines, evaluation criteria, and eligibility criteria will be issued prior to the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund application period.
To be eligible for funding from the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund, you must, at a minimum, meet the following criteria:
- If you are a private company, your business must meet the definition of small business as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration;
- You may be a non-profit entity;
- Be a for profit small business or a non-profit organization that has a DUNS number, is registered on sam.gov, and is eligible to receive U.S. federal funds
- Demonstrate the solutions in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia, U.S.;
- Adhere to applicable administrative requirements, as outlined in 2 CFR 200 (U.S. Code of Federal Regulations);
- Satisfy a due diligence review process.
RISE is willing to provide guidance and answer your questions on the above bullets.
The RISE Coastal Communities Resilience Challenge and the opportunity to pitch to the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund will proceed in two stages:
Stage One: In this first stage, eligible teams will apply to the Challenge. Submissions will provide information about the team, the problem(s) to be solved, proposed solution(s), potential market(s), customers, business model and potential for job creation. Technical assistance will be provided to the applicants, including a provision of Challenge topics-relevant data (where applicable), access to reginal subject matter experts, and application guidance. The Challenge evaluation committee will choose a number of finalists. The finalists will be invited to Stage Two in which they will further develop their proposals and pitch to the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund for funding. The Stage One Challenge submission does not constitute the final application to the Fund.
Stage Two: RISE Challenge finalists will be invited to refine their applications and pitch to the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund (RIF). The application will be available on the RISE website and will be submitted electronically. RISE is in the process of establishing its application and evaluation procedures and will begin accepting applications in November 2018. The submission will constitute a plan for the use of funds requested from RIF, a clear description of how these funds will advance the business opportunity described in Stage One, a detailed scope of work, budget, metrics and additional due diligence information to demonstrate administrative, implementation, and business/financial capacity to be considered for funding.The Fund will award up to $1.2 million (between $150,000 and $750,000 per company). The finalist will be also eligible for introductions to investors and customers in RISE’s network. The actual form (grants or/and forgivable loans) and amount of awards will be determined at the discretion of RISE and its Resilience Innovation Fund committee.
May 31, 2018 – Solveathon
RISE and MIT Solve, with support from Old Dominion University hosted a Solveathon on Thursday, May 31, 2018. The registered teams had the opportunity to form and reshape ideas, evaluate and iterate on designs, experiment and collaborate and interact with subject matter experts.
Jun 19 – Sept 25, 2018 – Bi-monthly office hours
Innovators unable to participate in Solveathon can ask questions, get access to subject matter experts and datasets during bi-monthly call-in office hours that RISE will hold every other Tuesday starting on June 19, 2018, 1-2pm. Please register your interest here if you wish to participate in call-in office hours. Participation in Solveathon or information sessions is not required.
June 19, 2018, 1-2pm: Call-in number & access code: +1 605 475 2875; 343 4232