Phosphorus Innovation Challenge

Thank you for your interest in the Phosphorus Innovation Challenge!   

Using this innovative method of identifying solutions to problems or challenges, we hope to identify one or more technologies that could help mitigate the impact of phosphorus in our watershed by ensuring that the right amount of phosphorus is applied to the soil at the right time and in the right place, which will in turn minimize losses to our rivers, lakes, ponds and streams.


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Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge - Frequently Asked Question Document 


On Friday April 27, 2018, Governor Scott Initiated Stage One of the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge (VPIC)

Click Here for Details on the VPIC: Phosphorous Innovation Challenge Brief


Timeline and details for interested parties are as follows:

  • On April 27, 2018, an invitation will be issued for proposals to develop a “proof of concept” for processes or technologies that remove phosphorus from manure or other waste streams and make the recovered phosphorus available for beneficial reuse.
  • By May 11, 2018, prospective applicants are encouraged to email their intent to participate in the challenge to This deadline will not be used to exclude teams but, rather, to assess space and resource requirements for subsequent portions of the process.
  • On May 21, 2018, the Administration will hold a meeting from 1-3 pm at the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Annex with interested parties to field questions and discuss the challenge. Questions may also be submitted via email to  The closing date for questions about Stage One will be May 25, 2018.
    • The ANR Annex is located at: 190 Junction Rd, Berlin, VT
  • Stage One proposals must be received, via email, by 5pm on July 6, 2018.​

Some, or all, of the teams submitting responses to Stage One will be selected to make an in-person presentation to the Evaluation Team in August 2018. The Evaluation Team will be comprised of subject matter experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, and State officials.


If you would like to receive information about the Phosphorus Innovation Challenge, please contact

Phosphorous Innovation Challenge Advisory Group:

  • Jeanette Brown, Manhattan College
  • John Cohn, IBM Corporation
  • Jed Davis, Agri-Mark/Cabot Creamer Co-operative
  • Max Herzog, Cleveland Water Alliance
  • Eric Howe, Lake Champlain Basin Program & New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission
  • Ken Jones, Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development
  • Tim Kenney, No affiliations
  • Bryan Stubbs, Cleveland Water Alliance           

WATCH: Gov. Phil Scott’s Phosphorus Innovation Challenge Press Conference

New Thinking: The Phosphorus Innovation Challenge