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Aqualunar Challenge

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Process and Prizes

  • Stage 1- Concept Design

    April 8, 2024

    Applicants will be required to submit an online application through the Impact Canada Platform, which provides a description of how their solution meets the challenge objectives, Mission Scenario, and judging criteria by April 8, 2024. At this stage, applicants are competing for $22,500 CAD in grant funding and the opportunity to become a Semi-Finalist entering into Stage 2 of the Challenge.

  • Stage 2- Proof of Concept

    June 2024

    In Stage 2, Semi-finalists will begin developing components of a prototype based on their concept design (TRL 3). Semi-finalists will be expected to submit video footage to demonstrate their system or components of their system and will provide a final report that outlines how their technology meets the judging criteria listed. Semi-finalists are competing for $105,000 CAD in grant funding and the opportunity to become a Finalist entering Stage 3 of the Challenge.

  • Stage 3- Prototype Scaling

    Spring 2025

    In Stage 3, Finalists will be expected to integrate components of their prototype at a minimum TRL of 4+. Finalists will demonstrate their systems and have their outputs tested. Finalists will be required to submit a final report that outlines how they meet the judging criteria as well as a solution adoption plan for their systems. Finalists at this stage are competing to become the Grand Prize Winner who will receive $400,000 CAD in grant funding.

  • Canadian Grand Prize Winner Selected

    Spring 2026

    A Canadian Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the Finalists and will be announced in Spring 2026

Up to 8 Prizes of $22,500 CAD

Open to all eligible innovators submitting a Stage 1 Concept Design

Up to 4 Finalists of $105,000 CAD

Open to all semi-finalists participating in Stage 2

1 Grand Prize Winner at $400,000 CAD

Open to all finalists participating in Stage 3

Note: The number of winners and the prize amounts may vary depending on the number of applications received. For each stage, prize amounts will not be less than the amounts indicated above.

Challenge details

Who can apply?

Eligible Applicants to the challenge include the following:

  • Businesses or other for-profit organizations in Canada;
  • Not-for-profit organizations in Canada;
  • Indigenous organizations and groups located in Canada;
  • Post-secondary/academic institutions located in Canada; and
  • Individuals or groups of individuals based in Canada.

Individuals or groups of individuals are encouraged to submit an application to the challenge, but in order to be eligible to receive prizes, they will be required to establish a Canadian legal entity (such as a corporation or a not-for-profit organization) capable of entering into binding agreements in Canada.

Key Dates

Stage 1

  • Concept Design due April 8th, 2024
  • Up to 8 Semi-Finalists Announced: Summer 2024

Stage 2

  • Begins June 2024
  • Final Reports and virtual demonstration videos due January 2025
  • Up to 4 Finalists Announced: Spring 2025

Stage 3

  • Begins Spring 2025
  • Applications due: January 2026

Canadian Grand Prize Winner

  • Announced in Spring 2026