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Stage 1 – Challenge Launch and Proposed Concept Application Intake
November 22, 2022
Applicants must complete an online application to describe their concept/proposed approach to address the determinants of health and modifiable risks that lead to T2D in a specific Canadian community. Applicants need to describe why they chose their particular community, why their concept will be effective, which partnerships they will need to establish, and the T2D prevention outcomes they are seeking in their community that are aligned to the Challenge principles. Applicants have approximately three months to submit their application. Once the applications period ends, a review and selection process will take place, and up to 21 semi-finalists will be selected to receive a $35,000 prize and to move to the next stage.
A high-level description of all semi-finalist concepts will be posted on the Impact Canada website.
Stage 2 – Concept Development
Summer 2023 – Up to 21 semi-finalists
In this stage, the semi-finalists selected in stage 1 will develop their concept through research on the barriers to T2D prevention relevant to their community and by creating a fully implementable plan. They will also need to formalize partnerships that will be used to expand on the resources required to respond to these barriers. As part of the development of their concept, semi-finalists will also need to develop a plan to measure and evaluate how effective their approach is in achieving outcomes for their community that are related to Challenge Principles. Semi-finalists will have approximately 4 months to fully develop their concept. Once developed concepts are submitted for review and assessment, up to 7 finalists will be selected to receive a $600,000 prize and to move to the final stage.
The Government of Canada is committed to conducting Sex and Gender-based Analysis Plus on all legislation, policies and programs. SGBA plus incorporates consideration of gender as well as other identity factors such as age, education, language, geographic area, culture, and income. Semi-finalists are expected to incorporate these considerations into their developed concept to help demonstrate how community members can realistically participate in their approach and the impact of issues like poverty, racism, language barriers, and stigmatization has on participation.
Semi-finalists are expected to share lessons learned from the activities undertaken during this stage and participate in a developmental evaluation. Summaries of fully developed concepts will be posted on the Impact Canada website.
Stage 3 – Implementation and Evidence Generation
Winter 2024 – Up to 7 finalists
In this stage, the finalists that were selected in stage 2 are expected to rigorously test and evaluate the effectiveness of their concept, as it is being implemented. They will generate evidence that their approach reduces the number of individuals who are at risk to develop T2D in their community using their method of understanding and measuring that risk. At the end of this stage, finalists are expected to show how their approach could be adapted to other communities or contexts within Canada. Finalists will be asked for a plan to continue business development and continued operation of their approach once the Challenge ends. Finalists will have 18 to 21 months to implement and generate evidence and once this has been submitted for review and assessment, up to two grand prize winners will be selected to receive $1.25M prizes each.
During this stage, finalists are expected to continue sharing lessons learned including their methods for designing and testing their approach. They may be asked to participate in a forum or event that profiles their innovation to a broad audience.
Canadian Grand Prize Winners Selected
Winter 2026 – Up to 2 grand prize winners
Up to 2 grand prize winners will be selected from among the Finalists and announced in Winter 2026.
Up to 21 prizes of CAD $35,000 open to all eligible applicants who submit a stage 1 proposed concept application.
Up to 7 prizes of CAD $600,000 open to all semi-finalists participating in stage 2.
Up to 2 grand prizes of CAD $1.25M open to all finalists participating in stage 3.
Note: The number of winners and Canadian prize amounts may vary depending on the number of applications received. For each phase, prize amounts will not be less than the amount per winner indicated above. In addition to prize funding, non-financial supports will be provided to semi-finalists and finalists to accelerate their progress towards achieving outcomes related to type 2 diabetes prevention. These supports will be tailored to the cohort of participants in stage 2 and stage 3 and may include but are not limited to:
- Networking and matchmaking opportunities
- Business development tools or supports
- Evaluation supports
- Consultation and engagement tools and resources
Please refer to the Applicant Guide for a more detailed description of the application, process, prize amounts, and challenge stages.
Who can apply?
- Not-for-profit organizations;
- Businesses or other for-profit organizations;
- Indigenous organizations and groups located in Canada;
- Post-secondary/academic institutions;
- Individuals, groups, societies, or coalitions (non-incorporated); and
- Municipalities or local/regional governments located in Canada.
In order to receive funding, applicants are required to be a Canadian legal entity (such as a company or a corporation or a not-for-profit organization) capable of entering into binding agreements in Canada or establish one. International organizations may submit an application provided that these requirements are met.
Stage 1: Proposed Concept
- Application Deadline - March 1, 2023
- Semi-Finalists Announced - Summer 2023
Stage 2: Concept Development
- Deadline - Fall 2023
- Finalists Announced - Winter 2024
Stage 3: Implementation and Evidence Generation
- Deadline - Winter 2026
- Grand Prize Winners Announced - Winter 2026
- Up to 21 prizes of CAD $35,000 open to all eligible applicants who submit a stage 1 proposed concept application.
- Up to 7 prizes of CAD $600,000 open to all semi-finalists participating in stage 2.
- Up to 2 grand prizes of CAD $1.25M open to all finalists participating in stage 3.
Note: The number of winners and prize amounts may vary depending on the applications received. For each phase, prize amounts will not be less than the amount per winner indicated above.