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Stage 1 Call for Proposals

On March 6, 2017, the website will open for submissions. After registering on the website, you will have access to an application form where you will have the opportunity to provide us with the details of your idea. You will be asked to write a short description (max 250 words) and will have the option to attach a maximum of 3 explanatory pages. The deadline to submit your proposal is May 1, 2017.

After you have submitted your proposal, a panel of expert Bell Labs researchers will review your proposal. You will be notified by e-mail by June 12 if you are chosen as one of the finalists who proceed to Stage 2.

Stage 2 Proposal submissions for finalists

If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to submit a more detailed proposal by September 8, 2017.

During this phase, you will be assigned a Bell Labs researcher to collaborate with you to enhance your proposal. Your Bell Labs Research Partner (BLTP) will assist you in the three main attributes that we are looking for: 1) 10x Innovation Potential, 2) Technical Merit of the proposal and 3) Feasibility of idea by creating a quick proof of concept or demonstration. All stage 2 candidates will be invited to a Bell Labs location to meet their BLRP and visit our facility. The stage 2 candidates residing closer to Europe will be invited to a European workshop, and candidates residing in or around the U.S. will be invited to Murray Hill, New Jersey.  This is a great chance to get a look inside Bell Labs and to discover what it means to work alongside Bell Labs researchers.

From the Stage 2 proposals, candidates will be shortlisted for the final selection.

Announcement of winners

A high-profile Judging Panel led by Bell Labs President Marcus Weldon and composed of industry business leaders from within Bell Labs and Nokia and from high-tech areas will review the top proposals, during the final event in late autumn, near the Bell Labs location in Murray Hill, New Jersey. The presentation will consist of a presentation and 10 minutes of Q&A by the Judging Panel. The winners will be announced and will receive their awards. The three winners may be given the opportunity to work with Bell Labs, giving them the opportunity to further pursue their ideas, and help turn them into reality.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to reading your proposal!

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