IMPACT ENGINE PROPOSAL 

SUBMISSION PROCESS

REVIEW THE
CRITERIA

    REVIEW THE
    CRITERIA

      • Taddress global challenges or societal needs, and make meaningful impact in people’s lives.
      • An area where we have existing strength with deep involvement from multiple interdisciplinary researchers and external partnerships
      • A problem space where, with focused investment, we can become an impact leader  

      SELECT
      THE RIGHT APPLICATION STAGE

        SELECT
        THE RIGHT APPLICATION STAGE

          There are two stages to support the growth and expansion of potential Impact Engines. Teams must include the stage they are proposing their Impact Engine for. Depending on the stage, each approved Impact Engine will receive appropriate support and resources that ensure success.

          DEVELOPMENT STAGE

          This stage provides a seed investment to validate whether or not a proposed Impact Engine could be developed. This stage is for teams who have a promising concept but lack an implementation plan for translating research into real-world solutions. Successful applicants will receive funding and support to validate their proof of concept and identify potential partners. No faculty hiring or equipment purchases are associated with this stage. Assistance from Northeastern’s global network will be included to advance from idea to implementation. 

          IMPACT ENGINE

          This stage recognizes teams and their work as an Impact Engine. Proposed Impact Engines accepted into this stage are already well-formed or are set to expand with the need for additional resources such as, but not limited to, hiring and equipment. At this stage, partnerships are established and teams will be supported as they expand and scale while generating real-world impact. Successful applicants will receive funding to match their needs and ambitions.  

          CREATE YOUR PROPOSAL

          CREATE YOUR PROPOSAL

          The university looks forward to reviewing the creative ways that you and your team have identified potential Impact Engines. In order to best communicate your idea, we ask you to only include the following slides in your pitch.  

          Impact Engines are designed to echo Northeastern’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and should be reflected in your Impact Engine proposal. To learn more about DEI at Northeastern, visit northeastern.edu/diversity​​.

          Title Page

          Impact Engine Team
          List the key members of the current team

          Context
          Describe the broader circumstances that form the need for your Impact
           Engine

          Problem 
          What is the specific problem in the world to solve or the opportunity to seize? 

          Solution
          What is your specific solution to address this problem or seize the opportunity?

          Distinctiveness:
          Why is this solution unique?

          Partnerships
          What internal/external partners will you collaborate with to address the problem/opportunity?

          Competitive Landscape
          What are the competing solutions/approaches to this problem/opportunity?

          Current Status & Accomplishment to Date
          What has been accomplished to date?

          Why Northeastern?
          How will this position Northeastern to be the leader in this area?

          Learning
          What learning opportunities will this Impact Engine provide?

          Metrics & Success:
          How will the success of your Impact Engine be measured?

          Prior Funding and Prior Proposals Submitted:
          Please list any funding and proposal applications you have submitted related to this Impact Engine, such as grants, private donors, corporate partnerships, etc.

          Milestones, Resources & Budget
          What resources are needed to achieve 1-, 3- and 5-year milestones? Please download and complete this spreadsheet.

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              Email us at impactengines@northeastern.edu