As an annual innovation, service, and social entrepreneurship competition run by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) IDEAS Global Challenge enables students to work in teams to tackle quality of life issues for people around the world.
With implementation awards, as well as additional development grants, IDEAS teams can take an effective step toward resolving pressing individual and community challenges.
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Grants will be given in amounts of $15,000, $10,000, and $7,500. This year up to $100,000 in grants will be available to teams.
Additional Development Grants of up to $2500 are also available.
OTHER KEY DATES
Submit a Scope Statement in time for at least one of the Entry Deadlines (October 27 2016, January 19 2017, or February 23 2017).
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.
Maximum grant for the October 27, 2016 deadline is for up to $2,500.
Maximum grant for subsequent deadlines (January 19 2017 and February 23, 2017) is for up to $1,000.
If your team meets the basic eligibility requirements, you will be invited to submit a Final Proposal by Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Showcase + Awards Celebration : 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.
If your team wins one of the grants, you will be required to attend the three-day Winners’ Retreat taking place in May 2017.
As a winning team, you will have 15 months to utilize your grant. There will be three check-ins along the way.
Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).
Multiple host countries may mean that no travel is required.