In response to President Obama’s call for institutions and
philanthropists to help find solutions to the world’s most pressing
issues, Tulane University announced Monday that it would offer a $1
million prize to the researcher or entrepreneur who devises the best
plan to combat annual “dead zones” in lakes and oceans.
In a statement, the university said that it was soliciting innovative solutions to battle hypoxia,
or oxygen-depleted water caused by an excessive amount of river-borne
fertilizers and other nutrients being carried into larger bodies of
water as part of the “Water Innovations: Reducing Hypoxia, Restoring our
Water” Grand Challenge.
The grand prize would be funded by Patrick F. Taylor Foundation President Phyllis Taylor, Tulane University President Scott Cowen
said. The competition begins with a 30-day period for the submission of
comments about the prize, as well as letters of interest, to the
university’s Grand Challenge website.
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