Eligibility, Terms, and Conditions

All applicants to the Zaentz Early Education Innovation Challenge must:


  1. Submit an Application: Submit an application by March 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST, using this link. All decisions of the Zaentz Early Education Innovation Challenge team will be final. The Challenge team will review only the application form and is not obligated to review any attachments, links, or other information submitted. Late submissions will not be accepted.

  2. Propose an Idea, Concept, or Approach: Propose an idea, concept, or approach that is applicable and could be delivered to serve early education in the United States, which is the focus of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative. Applicants may be based outside of the United States, and we welcome applications from all individuals and teams who share our commitment to improving experiences and outcomes for young children.

  3. Provide Additional Materials if Necessary: Be willing to provide additional materials and references and/or to allow data submitted to be audited upon request by the Challenge team.

  4. Be Available During the Evaluation Process: Be available to be contacted by email or telephone at any point in the evaluation process.

  5. Comply with National and International Laws: Agree to comply with all national and international laws governing the transfer of any funding across national and international boundaries if selected as a finalist and awarded funding. Individuals who are listed on the U.S. Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals List or who reside in countries or regions subject to U.S. sanctions are not eligible to participate.
  6. Provide Tax ID Upon Request: Be willing to provide tax identification information upon request.

  7. Accept Funding at the Application Level: Be willing to accept funding at the application level, with the distribution of funds in accordance with all laws and tax requirements, and with the allocations within a team to be determined by the applicant.

  8. Share Application Information: Be willing to share all application information with the public. Contestants should not disclose any information that is proprietary or confidential, and neither the Challenge team nor its associated institutions will sign confidentiality agreements.

  9. Comply with Harvard University's Name Policies: Be willing to comply with Harvard University’s use of name and endorsement policies, as established by the Harvard Trademark Office as outlined below. Any non-compliance will result in disqualification. 

    The Applicant/Recipient shall not use the name "Harvard" (alone or as part of another name) or any logos, seals, insignia or other words, names, symbols or devices that identify Harvard or any Harvard school, unit, division, initiative (including the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative), or affiliate (“Harvard Names”) for any purpose in connection with the Zaentz Early Education Innovation Challenge except with the prior written approval of, and in accordance with restrictions required by Harvard. The Applicant/Recipient shall not seek to register any Harvard Name in any jurisdiction.

  10. Share Knowledge and Insights with the HGSE Community if Selected: If a finalist or a recipient of funding, be willing to share knowledge and/or insights on the subject of the application with the HGSE community, which might include a brief interview, a short written piece, or other mutually agreeable contribution that is reasonable from a time perspective. The finalist or recipient of funding consents to HGSE making such contribution or other application information available to the public, by posting to the HGSE website or otherwise, and represents that any such use of such contribution or other application information by HGSE will not infringe or violate any copyright or other right of any other person, or breach any obligation that the finalist or recipient of funding has to any other person.

    Also: Please note that Harvard employees are not eligible to participate.

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