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

          Please select the right stage for your potential Impact Engine. Those proposals selected to receive support will receive appropriate resources and gain access to a dedicated team that ensures success.

          STAGE ONE: VALIDATE

          This stage provides a seed investment to validate whether or not a proposed Impact Engine will 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 support up to $50,000 to validate their proof of concept and assistance from  Northeastern’s global network to advance from idea to implementation.

          STAGE TWO: DEVELOP

          Impact Engines will graduate from the Validate stage to the Develop stage when they’re ready to expand. They will need to reapply to receive support at this next level. We also recognize that some teams may already be working on an Impact Engine that’s already fairly wellformed. This stage allows them to skip the Validate stage and submit their current work to be formally recognized as an Impact Engine and further develop their project. Successful applicants will receive support up to $100,000.  

          STAGE THREE: SCALE

          This stage is for those Impact Engines that have “graduated” from the Develop stage. It’s also for already fully functioning Impact Engines that need to scale, even if they never applied for the previous two stages. This stage allows them to be formally recognized as an Impact Engine and scale their impact engine nationally or globally. Successful applicants will receive funding to match their 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 Key Members of the 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?

          Northeastern Leadership
          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?

          Milestones, Resources & Budget
          What resources are needed to achieve 1-, 3- and 5-year milestones? 

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              Email us at impactengines@northeastern.edu