What is a Presidential Innovation Fellow?

Tuesday - 4/1/2014, 4:00am EDT

Faster and improved disaster response can save lives. A streamlined buying process can save the government hundreds of thousands of dollars. Better technology can give the public access to important data in minutes instead of hours.

Over the past two years, 61 talented and diverse individuals from the private sector teamed up with federal agencies to develop solutions like these to some of the nation's toughest challenges.

After marked success in the first two rounds, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is now accepting applications for Round 3 until April 7, 2014. Round 1 of the program launched in August 2012 with five projects. Round 2 launched in June 2013 with 10 projects and is currently ongoing.

Federal News Radio's three-day special report, "Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows," takes a behind-the-scenes look at the fellows program, learns some of the greatest success stories from rounds 1 and 2 and looks forward to future rounds of the program.

Watch the video below to learn about the Presidential Innovation Fellows, and visit our special report page for more exclusive content on the program.

MORE FROM THE SPECIAL REPORT, SOLVING OUR NATION'S TOUGHEST CHALLENGES: THE PRESIDENTIAL INNOVATION FELLOWS

Inside the Presidential Innovation Fellows program: A Q&A with the White House

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How the future of health care lies behind a Blue Button

Data innovation, crowdsourcing on the horizon for Innovation Fellows program

Photos: Meet the Round 2 Presidential Innovation Fellows