The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is offering a $50,000 prize for the winner of the EOL Education Innovation Challenge.  This international competition aims to foster development of educational software tools, services, or games using EOL content.

The competition will award funding to the most scalable and innovative applications.  Target audiences can include the general public, citizen scientists, and learners of all ages in both formal and informal settings.

The Challenge is a two-stage process.  In Stage 1, applicants submit a product idea that includes an overview of the concept.  Applicants who are selected to continue to Stage 2 will be asked to submit a development plan and budget required to complete a working product.  One or more prizes will be awarded to successful Stage 2 proposals.

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 23 March 2012.  For more information, visit http://eol.org/info/290.