Terms and Conditions

Trial & Error Prize Terms & Conditions

*These terms and conditions were updated to align with the opening of the second round of Trial & Error Prize applications on October 7, 2015.

Terms Used

The Organizers – Conquer Paralysis Now, and any people acting on their behalf, are hereby collectively referred to as the “Organizers.”

CPN Challenge Program – The set of awards announced under the Conquer Paralysis Now™ Challenge.

Award – A prize or grant under the Challenge Program. A prize or grant offered in a subsequent year, but with the same title, is considered a separate award.

SAC – The Scientific Advisory Council, the panel that makes the final recommendation on winners.

Applicant - The entity that has submitted an application for an award(s) in the Challenge Program.

Application – Any information submitted to the Organizers at trialanderror@conquerparalysisnow.org with a link to your ResearchGate publication, a short abstract, and confirmation of the authors’ names, institutions/organizations and laboratory if applicable.

Winner – The recipient of an award.

SCI – The abbreviation used to refer to spinal cord injury.

RG – ResearchGate.


1.1       Eligibility of entry

1.     Any work involving human subjects must obtain informed consent of the subject or legal guardian(s) and provide information about potential risks, and they must provide for the safeguard of human rights and welfare at a standard equivalent to that prescribed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Drug Administration (or the equivalent institution in the country where the study is performed). Satisfactory evidence indicating approval of the protocols and procedures by appropriate ethical review boards must be submitted before any money will be disbursed and the Organizers reserve the right to require that the standards prescribed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration be substituted for local standards after any such submission

2.     Employees of the Organizers of the CPN Challenge Program and their families (including, but not limited to, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc.) are not permitted to enter

3.     Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or must not be classified as a minor in their country of residence.

4.     The Laws of the state of Missouri govern the CPN Challenge Program and any controversy shall be managed and resolved through the laws of the state of Missouri. 

5.     Applicants must agree that the information in their application will be accurate and will not, to the best of their knowledge: (a) infringe any third party’s copyright, trademark, patent or other proprietary rights or rights of publicity or privacy, (b) violate any law (including without limitation those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising), or (c) be libelous, unlawfully threatening, or unlawfully harassing. Applicants may be asked to make legally binding warranties and representations to the Organizers in relation to a proposed work that they submit.

6.     The SAC and their families (including, but not limited to, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc.) will not be eligible to win the Trial & Error prize.

7.     In case of debate around eligibility, the Organizers have sole discretion to decide whether the application is eligible.

8.     All applications must be suitable for chronic SCI models. If acute models are used, the application must clearly state how and why the additional effort of using a chronic model is not justified and how the idea would be translated to a chronic model.

9.     Submissions can be old research but must contribute a new ‘lesson learned’ to the field of SCI.

10.  Applications are judged according to the following judging criteria

11.  Applicants must submit their entries by sending a link to their ResearchGate publications to trialanderror@conquerparalysisnow.org. Any other formats such as Word documents, PDFs or anything else will be deemed ineligible. When an article is published on ResearchGate, PDF(s) or Word document(s) can be attached and thus form part of the submission, but directly emailing solutions to the Organizers in an email, PDF, Word document or any other format, that has not been published on ResearchGate, will be ineligible.

12.  Any Applications sent to any email address other than trialanderror@conquerparalysisnow.org will also be ineligible.

13.  The Organizers reserve the right to reject any Applications that do not meet the entry criteria, and these will not be shown on the Trial and Error ‘Entries’ web page.

1.2           Participation in the CPN Challenge Program

14.  Organizers will not be liable for any damage, loss or disappointment suffered by any person taking part or not being able to take part in the CPN Challenge Program.

15.  Organizers will not be liable for any expenses incurred on behalf of Applicants or those who wish to enter into the CPN Challenge Program including but not limited to online access, telecommunication charges, etc.

16.  By applying to the CPN Challenge Program, applicants consent to have details of their application – other than commercially sensitive information – featured in any media or promotional activity for the CPN Challenge Program being carried out by the Organizers. The Organizers may invite applicants to take part in promotional activities at the Organizers’ expense. The Organizers will contact Applicants in advance of any media request for interviews.

17.  The winners in the CPN Challenge Program will be responsible for any and all taxes or fees associated with the award.

18.  Award winners may be invited to answer questions and speak about their project, if selected, during annual presentation events.

19.  Submissions will be reviewed by the SAC, who will decide the first, second and third place. The SAC have sole discretion of selecting submissions for awards. Organizers retain the right to not make all or any awards if the quality of Applications is not sufficient.

20. If we receive a critical mass of entries, a system of crowd-voting using ResearchGate’s review function will be used to decide the finalists for consideration by the SAC.


1.3       Confidentiality and intellectual property

20.  The Trial & Error Prize is designed to provide Applicants with an opportunity to present their research. Intellectual property will not be transferred by reason of entry to the CPN Challenge Program and shall remain with its owner. However, ResearchGate is a public platform so any RG User will be able to see Applicants’ entries and the Organizers cannot guarantee the protection of Applicants’ research from plagiarists.

21.  Applicants agree to keep confidential any business information about the Organizers, which was obtained from their involvement in the CPN Challenge Program.

22.  Any of a RG publication’s authors can submit an entry into the prize on behalf of their co-authors but they must ensure they have been granted all necessary permissions to do so.

23.  The Organizers do not take responsibility for how the Winners’ decide to distribute the prize fund amongst themselves in the case of a joint submission being selected for an award.


1.4       Changes to terms and conditions and awards


24.  The Organizers reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions, change the awards on offer, or revise the timeframes for or cancel the CPN Challenge Program, at any time. Applicants will be notified of any such changes by email to the address of which they have notified the Organizers, but will be bound by the changes from the time that they take effect, whether or not such notification is actually received. The Organizers of the award may specify conditions for what activities the funds may be used by the winner (i.e. research and development).

25.  Participating in the CPN Challenge Program implies acceptance of the terms and conditions as stated herein.

26.  In any instances where circumstances are not covered by these terms and conditions, the Organizers reserve the right to make the final decision.