Action Proposal and Competition Brief
AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship
Action Proposal and Competition Brief
The AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship aims to incubate, empower and connect thought leaders and exceptional practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific region to spearhead urban-rural integration and rural sustainability. Upon the completion of the four training modules and the Hackathon of the Fellowship, they are encouraged to translate their knowledge and skill sets into actions and create sustainability impact for the rural areas. Each Fellow is therefore required to prepare an action proposal that addresses rural sustainability challenges in the region.
Interested Fellows may submit their proposals to an award competition. Winners of the competition will be awarded with a seed grant that enables them to launch and implement their innovative ideas.
Upon the announcement of the competition results, all the proposals will be uploaded to the AIRI website as part of a repository of sustainability solutions to inform and inspire future rural sustainability initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region.
Preparation for the Action Proposal
(Compulsory Submission – For All Fellows)
As part of the requirements to complete the Fellowship, each Fellow must submit an action proposal to address rural sustainability challenges in his/her country/region, i.e., Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, or Thailand.
The action proposals should:
- Address the rural sustainability challenges with a holistic and innovative approach;
- Deliver benefits related to two or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and bring positive environmental, social and economic impact;
- Enhance community resilience by improving the community’s ability to adapt and respond to external risks and pressures;
- Look into ways to engage relevant stakeholders concerning the issue of interest and consider feasible ways to utilise existing community resources; and
- Be feasible, scalable, replicable, and have the potential for research and policy impact.
Submission format and deadline:
Fill in the AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship Action Proposal Template (click here to download) and submit in Word format via this link (Full url: https://hkuhk-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/sianna_hku_hk/Ep3pyyc8OcBMrYwVH55oBDMB7cReIvX1KJSvintqpD-Evg) by 12:00nn HKT, Jul 14, 2023. Please name the file in the format of Region_Name of Fellow_Proposal (example: HK_CHAN Mary_Proposal).
Please also upload a separate file to include supplementary images and diagrams (maximum 50MB). Please name the file in the format of Region_Name of Fellow_Supplementary Materials (example: HK_CHAN Mary_Supplementary Materials).
Note: The final version of the proposals submitted by all the Fellows will be published on the AIRI website (https://ccsg.hku.hk/airi) after the Competition Phase.
A sharing session will be held on Jul 29, 2023 for each Fellow to deliver a 5-minute presentation of their proposals and get feedback from peers and professors. It is also a good mutual learning opportunity for all the Fellows and Associate Fellows.
Preparation for the Competition
(Voluntary Submission - For Interested Fellows)
Interested Fellows may apply for the AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Competition with an enhanced action proposal incorporating the comments and suggestions from peers and professors as well as relevant experts and locals. There will be a total of four awards for the competition (one laureate from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand respectively), each with a seed grant of up to US$25,000 for project implementation.
Eligibility and team composition:
- Fellows who have met the attendance and assignment requirements of the AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship will be eligible to enter the award competition.
- The Fellow should take up the role of the Project Leader and may invite up to 5 members in total to join the competition as a team to strengthen the proposal and its subsequent implementation. Team members may include other Fellows, the Associate Fellows and/or other individuals from the Project Leader’s network.
- Contribution to the sustainable development of rural communities (25%) – benefits to the local community and contributions to UNSDGs, social inclusion, gender equality, etc.
- Creativity, innovation and originality (25%) – new approaches and models to tackle rural issues and problems
- Feasibility of the solution (25%) – concrete and actionable solutions grounded in quantitative and qualitative data
- Capability of the team (25%) – qualifications and strength, execution ability, and project management knowledge and skills
Submission format and deadline:
Follow the AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship Action Proposal Template (click here to download) and submit the enhanced action proposal in Word format via this link (Full url: https://hkuhk-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/sianna_hku_hk/EhZgwTGxniRDgSVoHS9hJjYB4uALMOpedGXUxl9Z6qdhSg) by 12:00nn HKT, Aug 11, 2023. Please name the file in the format of Region_Name of Fellow_Proposal for Competition (example: HK_CHAN Mary_Proposal for Competition).
Supplementary materials (in a single zip file of maximum 50MB) should be uploaded via the same link (Full url: https://hkuhk-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/sianna_hku_hk/EhZgwTGxniRDgSVoHS9hJjYB4uALMOpedGXUxl9Z6qdhSg). Please name the file in the format of Region_Name of Fellow_Supplementary Materials for Competition (example: HK_CHAN Mary_Supplementary Materials for Competition). The supplementary materials may include, for example:
- Photos and images of the rural area/village your proposal is concerned
- Flow diagram that explains the rural stakeholder’s interactions
- Images and/or video link of the prototype
- Detailed project timeline and budget plan
- CVs of the project leader and team members
- Support letters from the concerned rural area/village stakeholders
Note: The support letters, personal CVs, project timelines and budget plans will not be disclosed on the AIRI website.
|Prerequisite Presentation||Delivering a 5-minute proposal presentation at the Jul 29, 2023 sharing session is a prerequisite for Fellows to enter the competition.|
|Interested Fellows submit an enhanced version of their action proposal together with supplementary materials (if any) via this link by 12:00nn HKT, Aug 11, 2023.|
|Review by Regional Panel
|Each proposal will be reviewed by a Regional Panel composed of 3-5 panellists with rural revitalisation and community development expertise in the corresponding region (i.e., Hong Kong, Mainland China, Taiwan, or Thailand respectively). The Regional Panel should be chaired by the programme leader(s) in respective region. A maximum of 3 proposals will be shortlisted from each region to enter the pitching stage.|
|Preparation by Shortlisted Fellows
|Shortlisted proposals will be returned to the Fellows with comments and questions from the Regional Panel for the teams to prepare for pitching presentation. Fellows may submit their revised proposal for pitching together with a 2-minute project introduction video by 12:00nn HKT, Sep 8, 2023.|
|Review by Judging Panel
|The revised version of the shortlisted proposals and the 2-minute project introduction video will be forwarded to the Judging Panel for further review. The Judging Panel will be composed of the AIRI Programme Leaders and invited judges from international partners.|
|Pitching Presentation to the Judging Panel
(End of Week 7)
|Project teams of the shortlisted proposals shall do a pitching presentation on Sep 23, 2023 to the Judging Panel. The Judging Panel will then confirm the competition results.|
|Announcement of Result & Award Ceremony||One winning Proposal from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand respectively will be announced shortly after the Pitching Presentation. The Award Ceremony will be held during the Regional Forum II cum Award Ceremony in Bangkok (end of 2023 or early 2024 – TBC).|