Application Form

Thank you for applying to the Aqualunar Challenge!

Please read the Applicant Guide for Stage 1 in full, to assist you in filling out this form.  It should be noted that the Applicant Guide contains very important and mandatory background information on eligibility to receive prizes and on the evaluation criteria from which the Application Forms will be judged.

You must answer all fields as indicated and complete all mandatory sections of the application form. The last section is optional.

All applications must be received no later than April 8, 2024 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

Note: You will be able to save your application form and continue at a later time.

Section 1: Applicant Details

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Written to a non-technical audience, may be made public
1.3 Lead Organization/Group
Enter the information of the organization that is leading the solution and which will receive prize funding if the solution is successful in the challenge.
1.3.3 Address
1.3.7 Organization/Group social media accounts (if available)
1.5.1 Please confirm that you are willing to incorporate in order to receive financial prizes for the Challenge
Please include your nine-digit Business Number (BN): It is a unique number the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) assigns as a tax ID and is used when dealing with federal, provincial, or local governments. Visit this link for more information.

If you’re an academic organization, please include the BN of the entity (e.g. research centre, lab, etc.) that will receive prize funding if the solution is successful in the challenge.
1.6 Contact Person for the Team
Additional Contacts

Section 2: Design Summary

Upload requirements

2.1 Contaminant Removal (20%)

  • Outline how your proposed technology will remove the listed contaminants. The contaminants are the following: H2S, NH3, CO, C2H4, SO2, CH3OH, CH4 and traces of regolith particles. Please format your answer into sub-sections covering all contaminants and put the formula of the contaminants in the titles of each sub-section. 
  • Explain what treatment methods your technology will integrate to remove the listed contaminants and explain the extent to which your technology will remove the contaminants.
  • Where possible, please support your reasoning by referencing the best possible evidence for the effectiveness of your chosen technologies.

2.2 Appropriateness for Mission Scenario (20%)

  • Please also provide the planned technical specifications of your technology, including power, dimensions, and mass. Outline its planned robustness to G-forces during launch and landing, as well as its resilience against radiation and solar wind.
  • Ensure you’re explaining to what extent you will deliver on the Mission Scenario. The Mission Scenario should be considered a long-term aspiration that Applicants aim to meet (beyond the timeline of the Challenge). 
  • Where possible, please support your reasoning by referencing the best possible evidence for the effectiveness of your chosen technologies.

2.3 Innovation (12%)

How is your technology different from other technologies that currently exist? Please use clear and simple language when detailing how you have adapted, combined and/or created novel technologies to achieve innovation.

2.4 Reliability (12%)

  • How are you designing your technology to achieve this?
  • Where possible, please support your reasoning by referencing the best possible evidence for the reliability of your chosen technologies.

2.5 Solution Adoption Potential (12%)

2.6 Efficiency (6%)

Describe the inputs needed to run your water purification technology. Inputs can include electricity, reagents, equipment and labour, and others, for example.

2.7 Resource Recovery (6%)

Please outline any by-products you expect your technology will produce. How and to what extent do you intend to re-use them?

2.8 Autonomy and Remote Monitoring (6%)

2.9. Capacity to Deliver (6%)

Outline whether there are gaps in the expertise and how you will address those gaps.

Section 3: Declaration

In this section, you must review and accept the terms and conditions for the Aqualunar Challenge, and review and accept the Consent for Use, Disclosure and Copyright requirements. At any point during the Challenge, CSA may request that consent be given in writing or in a form at its satisfaction.

Use and disclosure of information

The personal and/or business information contained in, accompanying and/or submitted in support of this application is collected under the authority of the Canadian Space Agency Act and, by registering for the Challenge, Applicants agree that this information may be used by CSA or disclosed to third parties, including other government departments, jury members and the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) and their respective authorized representatives, to:

  • Review and evaluate the eligibility of the Candidate and technology under the applicable CSA program;
  • Verify the accuracy of the information provided in the Application Form and any supplementary or attached documents;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Challenge model in pursuing corporate priorities;
  • Assess the extent to which the initiative has contributed to CSA program objectives.

By completing the Application Form, the Applicant agrees that the information provided may also be used for the following purposes: to contact you if additional information is required; to validate your credentials; to facilitate payment of the grant if your application is successful; to administer the program; and to conduct evaluations, reports and statistical analyses.

All personal information created, held or collected by the Canadian Space Agency is protected in accordance with the Privacy Act. Information collected on the Aqualunar Application Form is in accordance with the Canadian Space Agency Act. The information you supply will be managed in accordance with Personal Information Bank pertaining to Grants and Contributions - Research Component (CSA PPU 045). More details about the departmental handling of your personal information can be found at www.infosource.gc.ca. You have the right to access your personal information held by the CSA, and to request that it be corrected, by contacting the CSA Access to Information and Privacy office at aiprp-atip@asc-csa.gc.ca. In addition, if you feel that your personal information is being handled inappropriately, you have the right to file a complaint to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner by calling their information centre at 1-800-282-1376 or by visiting their contact pages at www.priv.gc.ca.

All information provided to the CSA is also subject to the Access to Information Act. This information may be made available to someone who requests it, subject to the exempting provisions of the Act. Commercial information may only be disclosed in accordance with the provisions of the Access to Information Act. Information on the Privacy Act and the Access to Information Act can be found at http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca. For more information on these laws, please contact the Access to Information and Privacy office at aiprp-atip@asc-csa.gc.ca.

Permission to reproduce

The CSA may communicate, reproduce and distribute any or all of the documents provided in or with this Application Form, within the CSA or to authorized third parties, including other government departments and UKSA, for purposes consistent with the receipt, evaluation and further processing of the application.