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Competition Process

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Competition Process


Each year, we receive entries from 60-80 teams during one or more of the IDEAS Global Challenge initial entry rounds. Approximately 40 teams on average meet our eligibility requirements and choose to enter the final round. Of these 40, between seven and 11 teams win 15-month IDEAS grants to pilot their projects.
 
Timeline
  1. Set up a user profile on FluidReview and submit your preliminary team information.
  2. Submit a Scope Statement in time for at least one of our Entry Deadlines (October 27, January 19, or March 2).
  3. You also may want to submit an optional request for a Development Grant to help you build a prototype, travel to your project location to meet with community partners, or to cover the cost of early stage project testing.
    1. Maximum grant for the October 27 deadline is for up to $2,500.
    2. Maxium grant for the January 19 deadline is for up to $1,500.
    3. Maximum grant for March 2 deadline is up to $1,000.
  4. Once you’ve submitted a Scope Statement, you’ll receive reviewer feedback on your ideas and be connected with other resources through the program.
  5. If your team meets our basic eligibility requirements, we will invite you to submit a Final Proposal by Monday, April 10. The IDEAS staff will notify you about your eligibility.
  6. Competition judges will evaluate your written proposal.
  7. Attend the Innovation Showcase + Awards Celebration on April 29, 2017. Here you’ll meet with the judges to give your pitch, answer questions, and display prototypes and posters. After the closed judging segment, your team will participate in the public showcase. We’ll wrap up the afternoon by announcing the teams that will receive our 15-month grants.
  8. If your team wins one of our grants, you will be required to attend the three-day Winners’ Retreat:
    - Friday afternoon/evening, May 12
    - Saturday, May 13
  9. As a winning team, you will have 15 months to utilize your grant. We’ll keep in touch with three check-ins along the way.
 
Get started by setting up your team account on FluidReview. MIT student team leader must sign up with @mit.edu address: https://ideasglobalchallenge.fluidreview.com/acc/l/