Phase 2 Application

Before you can apply, you must first register no later than Friday, December 6, 2019, at 5:00 PM Central. All registrations must be submitted via email to

Please read all of the application requirements before completing each section. All applications must be submitted in English. Portions of your application, including the Proposal Title and the Executive Summary, may be published on this website; the remainder of your application will only be viewed by prize administrators and judges.

You must submit your application no later than Friday, December 4, 2020, at 5:00 PM Central. All submissions must be submitted via email to

Your application must include a description of the physicochemical conversion system you have built to demonstrate the production of selected carbon-based molecular compounds. Your application must include all of the following:

  1. Team Name or Organization Name.
  2. Team leader name and contact information (email address, and phone number), U.S. citizenship/permanent residency status, and age.
  3. Name of all team members, an indication of whether they are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and their ages.
  4. Address of primary place of business.
  5. The name of the insurance company with which you have current, valid liability insurance for $250,000 with NASA named as an additional insured.
  6. A proposal title of no more than five words.
  7. An executive summary of no more than 50 words that describes your overall approach.
  8. A description and process diagram which adequately describes the components associated with the system.
  9. A description of the CO2 conversion process the system uses and its chemistry, including any consumable chemicals, catalysts (including their expected lifetime and stability), waste products, process kinetics, and a flow diagram that depicts the mass flows throughout the operating system.
  10. A list of all compounds and their characteristics (concentration, solid/liquid, whether sugars are D- and/or L- enantiomers, pH and any other applicable information) that the system has produced during testing. The system should be able to make at least one compound in the Challenge Target Compound table.
  11. The overall system mass, energy requirements (average and peak), and total system volume.
  12. The demonstrated CO2-to-product(s) conversion efficiency and production rates. The conversion efficiency can be estimated by comparing the amount of CO2 supplied against the amount of carbon contained in identified target products.
  13. A description of the ability of the system to be scaled to larger production rates.
  14. A description of the suitability of the system to be utilized in a space environment, taking into consideration the potential effects of reduced gravity conditions.
  15. A description of the expected reliability of the system, including descriptions of anticipated/observed failure modes and maintenance requirements.
  16. A link to a video of the system while in operation that clearly depicts the overall components and operation of the system.

NOTE: The system should be scaled such that, at a minimum, it generates sufficient product within a continuous seven-hour period to allow analytical characterization/verification using conventional analytical methods.