Youth Innovation Challenge Phase II Proposal Template

Congratulations on making it to the semifinalist stage!

Please start filling in each section of the proposal template to build your idea into a full proposal. Note that you may now include tables, graphs and images along with your proposal text.

During the Collaborate Stage (May 5-22), community members can see and comment on your proposal (except for sections 1 and 8, which are private), but only members of your submission team can make changes and edits to your proposal text. Therefore, make sure you have the permission from every member of your submission team to publicly share all information contained in the sections 2-7 of your proposal.

The Collaborate Stage ends at midnight Eastern Time on Monday, May 22nd. At this time, the text contained in the proposal template will be considered final and will be submitted to the judges for review.

Please include in Section 8 any intellectual property or proprietary information relevant to your proposal that you would like to remain confidential. Section 8 is private and can only be seen by the submission team and the CEC. Please be sure to clearly label as such any intellectual property or proprietary information you include in your proposal.

Good luck!

  1. About You
  2. For our private files, please send the following information about each submitter: name, age, country of residence, and email address. In addition, please include the name and full mailing address of the post-secondary institution or organization with whom you are affiliated (if any). Section 1 is private and can only be seen by the submission team and the CEC.

    If there is more than one person on your submission team, indicate who is acting as team lead. Remember: in the event that your proposal wins, only the team lead will travel to Prince Edward Island, Canada.

  3. Project Summary (450 words)
  4. Include an executive summary of the full proposal. The summary should indicate which of the Youth Innovation Challenge topics are addressed (reducing air emissions, reducing and diverting food waste, preventing and managing invasive species, reducing and managing marine litter, and mitigating the impacts of ocean acidification), include a brief description of the proposed innovative solution, and explain how it meets the four evaluation criteria (innovation, impact, feasibility and scalability/replicability).

  5. Project Context
  6. This section should be used to demonstrate your knowledge about one or more of the Youth Innovation Challenge topics. This could include—but is not limited to—status and trends; actual or potential ecological, economic and/or social consequences; key actors/participants; key drivers; relevant public policy; and opportunities.

  7. Detailed Project Description
  8. This section should include detailed information about your proposed innovative science, technology and/or business solution. Information could include, but is not limited to:

    • How does the proposed solution address one or more of the stated Youth Innovation Challenge topics?
    • What are the technical or technological requirements of the proposed solution and how available/feasible are these approaches or technologies within a North American context?
    • What is novel about the proposed solution within a North American context?
    • What kind of positive ecological, economic and/or social impacts can be expected from this proposed solution in terms of green growth in North America?
    • How easily and where could this proposed solution be applied in the three North American countries?

  9. Partnerships
  10. List any existing or potential partnerships for development and/or implementation of your proposed innovative solution, and what each partner would contribute.

  11. Budget
  12. Your budget may only focus on your current innovation development stage (e.g. concept, design, prototype, startup, commercialization, etc.), or could include several stages. At minimum, your budget should include the following categories:

    • Human Resources
    • Technologies, equipment and material
    • Overhead/Administration

    Please also indicate any confirmed sources of funding (i.e. in-kind, grants, matching funds, etc.).

    If your budget involves any proprietary information, please include that information in section 8.

  13. Business Case
  14. Provide any information you can about the business case for the proposed solution (e.g. implementation timeline, ROI, market opportunities, potential users/customers, potential competitors, marketing strategy, etc.)

  15. Proprietary and/or Confidential Information
  16. Please include any intellectual property or proprietary information relevant to your proposal in this section. This section is private, meaning that only the submission team and the CEC can see it. Please be sure to clearly label as such any intellectual property or proprietary information you include in your proposal.