Scaling Up Big Ideas
What is “Scaling Up Big Ideas”?
Since 2006, approximately 400 student teams have received recognition through the Big Ideas Contest. After implementing their pilot projects and gathering feedback on their project ideas, winning teams often are ready to scale their projects to additional communities, develop solutions to related problems, or otherwise scale their projects.
The challenge for this category is for previous Big Ideas award winners to (1) demonstrate that they have generated excellent results in implementing their original winning project idea, and (2) describe plans to “scale up” their project. For the purposes of this category, “scaling up” is defined as outreaching to a new geographic area or underserved population, or adding additional services to an ongoing project serving the same geographic area described in your original winning proposal.
The “Scaling Up” category is open to all matriculated undergraduate and graduate students who previously won a Big Ideas award but have not previously won a “Scaling Up” award.
Scaling Up pre-proposals should primarily describe the team’s proposed new (scaling up) initiative using the framework outlined in the Contest Application Requirements. However, Scaling Up applicants are permitted one additional page (beyond the three page pre-proposal limit outlined in the Contest Application Requirements) to describe their progress to date. The “past progress” section is limited to 1 page in which Scaling Up applicants are required to include the following elements:
- List the name of the original project and year that the project initially won.
- Describe the original project idea.
- Report on the progress of the project to date.
- Detail any project milestones/accomplishments, as well as challenges and lessons-learned.
For additional information about general contest rules, timing, and how to apply, please refer to the Contest Application Requirements.
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