Humber's Social Innovation Awards

Humber College’s Office of Sustainability and Applied Research & Innovation are catalyzing sustainable innovative ideas through a fund to help support projects that benefit our environment and the community. This Innovation Fund will provide financial assistance to current Humber or Guelph-Humber students enrolled in any program with the purpose of enabling new, sustainable innovative ideas for products, inventions and/or solutions. These awards will recognize students’ creativity, originality, problem-solving abilities, and opportunity recognition skills. 


  1. Positive impact: Your ideas have the ability to positively transform the environment and your community.
  2. Co-Curricular Record (CCR): All of the hours you track through this program are eligible for CCR
  3. Funding: $500 in VISA gift cards will be provided to the successful applicants
  4. Experience: You'll bump up your skills in areas including project management, budgeting, research, problem solving, leadership and networking 
  5. Networking: Facilitate campus and community connections to help your project thrive. 


  1. Must be a current full time or part time Humber student.
  2. Your project should impact at least two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.
  3. Your funding request must be for fixed project costs. Variable costs are not eligible for this program.

How does it work?

  1. Develop a sustainable and socially innovative project that addresses at least two of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Submit your project proposal by February 21, 2020 
  2. Receive funding at a reception for the winning project proposals to be held in March 2020 
  3. Provide a progress report on how the funds were spent and the impact of your project by August 31, 2020

Criteria for evaluating the awards

The awards will be evaluated on:

  • Background is relevant to the SDGs
  • Scope is concise
  • Objectives are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely
  • Identified prominent risks to project success and mitigates/ manages risk appropriately
  • Timeline is realistic and detailed
  • Budget is realistic, detailed, and does not contain any variable costs (i.e. only fixed costs)
  • Project contributes meaningfully to at least two of the SDGs

Submitting a proposal

To apply for the Social Innovation Awards, email the completed form to by 5 p.m. on February 21, 2020 (please include in the email subject “Social Innovation Award Application”).


If you have any questions, please email