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Categories:
 
• Energy & Transport (ET)
• Food & Water / Biotechnology / Life Sciences (FBL)
• Building Technology & Built Environment (BB)
• Technology Management & Economics / Innovative Product Development (TI)
• Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
• Applied Information & Communication Technology (AICT)
 
Jury Team:

For each category there is a jury team consisting of:
• 2 representatives from academia of which a professor is the category’s jury chair;
• 2 representatives from politics;
• 2 representatives from business;
• additional jury members are possible
 
Grading:  
 
To compare project proposals within each category the jury will assign grades on a scale from 1– 5 for different grading criteria: 5: Excellent; 4: Very Good; 3; Sufficient; 2: Insufficient;
1: Bad. Grading criteria have different weight factors.
 
End terms:  

Relevance of project proposals to:
• UN Millennium Goals
• UN Decade for ESD
• UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
 
Phase 1 - Fall Term: Project Idea

1. Goals / Objectives (1) 
2.  Justification / Technical Merit (2)
3. Impact / Benefits (2)
4. Lifecycle (1)
5. Originality (3)
 
Phase 2 - Spring Term: Project Proposal
 
1. Goals / Objectives (1) 
2.  Justification / Technical Merit (2)
3. Impact / Benefits (2)
4. Lifecycle (1)
5. Originality (3)
6. Budget (Appendix) (2)
7. Feasibility: Working Plan (Appendix) (3)
8. Team Work: Diversity of Partnership (1) 
9. Presentation (3)
10. Peer Review (1/4 of final grade)
 (weight factor) 
 
Grading Criteria:
 
1.  Goals and Objectives 

The overall objectives of the student projects should be clearly stated. If possible the student teams should include quantifiable targets and anticipated outcomes.

For students:
1. What are the overall goals of the project?
2. If applicable, list some of the quantifiable targets intended for your project.
 
2.  Justification/Technical Merit

The student teams should motivate why their project is needed. The potential impact of the project should be large enough to account for the time and effort of the student teams and from the jury. What technical skills will be utilized in this project? Is the project associated to any other existing projects or initiatives? 

For students:
1. Why is your project needed? What purposes will it fulfil?
2. What technical skills are utilized in your project?
3. Is the project associated to any other existing projects or initiatives?
 
3. Lifecycle

Students should discuss the intended project lifecycle. Is the project described as a one-time event or an annual or periodic project? How will the potential impacts of the project be maintained after the project has been completed? Will the project require additional funding, time and effort in the future? If so, how much and how will the future project needs be met?

For students:
1. Is your project the result of a one-time effort or periodic effort, such as an annual event? 
2. How will the potential impacts of the project be maintained after the project has been completed?
3. Will the project require additional funding/efforts in the future? If so, how will they be met?
 
4. Impact/benefits

The students need to explain that their project has the potential to make a significant impact. Is there an indicated target group which will benefit from the project? Has the team described the relative level of community involvement? Projects are generally more successful with increased community involvement during both the implementation as well as monitoring. Finally, students should include a list of project stakeholders.

For students:
1. What is your intended target group which will benfit form your project?
2. What is the potential impact of your project?
3. If possible, how can the local community be involved at different steps of project implementation?
4. Who are the project stakeholders?
 
5.  Feasibility and readiness

Has the team motivated how much time, effort and resources are needed to realize their project? Has a project location been suggested?

For Students:
The purpose of the competition is of course to prepare projects for implementation.  
1. Relatively how much time, working hours and resources are needed before your project can be realized?
2. Has your team selected a location in which to implement the project?
 
6.  Budget/Cost Effectiveness  

The student teams need to show an itemized, detailed budget.  
 
For Students:
1. Please include a detailed, itemized budget for your project.  
2. If you won an amount of monetary support from the AGS-NORESD Competition, assuming that most likely this amount is less than your full budget, how will it be used? How will you plan to raise the remainder of funds needed to execute your project?
 
 7.  Originality
 
Have the students demonstrated that the proposed project is original and innovative? Have the students been using a broad range of valid and reliable information sources to justify their
ideas?
 
For Students:
1. What makes your project proposal innovative and original?
2. What sources of information have you been using to strengthen your ideas?
3. The project idea is creative and original.
4. A variety of information sources are used, including primary sources such as interviews, surveys, personal observations and multimedia recordings.
5. Written content, and where appropriate, photographs and figures are clearly the original work of the students.
6. The majority of written content is not paraphrased or copied from outside sources.
 
8.  Team work

The competition supports student groups that are diverse in terms of multi-disciplinarity by academic field. The students shall also describe how they will function as a team in the project. Is the chosen group structure and task division likely to achieve the objectives specified above? What are possible challenges the group might face during the project implementation?

For Students:
1. How is your group characterized in terms of multi-disciplinarity?
2. How is your group planning to work together as a team in the project to achieve the objectives specified above? How are you planning to distribute tasks among the team members, divide responsibilities and overcome challenges?
 
9. Presentation
 
Have the students been able to present their proposed project in a clear and inspiring way within the given time limit? Was the presentation understandable to a non-expert audience? Have additional media and other tools been used to demonstrate the project ideas? 
 
For Students: If your group has been invited to the final conference you are supposed to give a 10 min presentation about your planned project to a non-expert audience. You are invited to use additional media and other tools to present your ideas to people outside your specific discipline.