[{"id":"1","question":"What is the Mission Innovation Champions Programme?","answer":"\n\t\n\t\n\n

Mission Innovation Champions is a new recognition programme to celebrate and support innovative individuals who are accelerating the clean energy revolution. This programme will recognize exceptional researchers and innovators who are developing novel ways of making energy cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable and using it more efficiently. The programme will call worldwide attention to the most promising ideas from across the globe. The programme will seek to facilitate engagement among the awardees and Mission Innovation governments, research institutes, affiliated organizations, and private sector investors.

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Champions will be flown to Vancouver, Canada to take part in the fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial event in May 2019. These Mission Innovation Champions will be publicly recognized by the Mission Innovation community, and gain visibility through the active outreach and communication efforts of the Mission Innovation Secretariat. Mission Innovation will highlight the stories and ideas of the Champions at ministerial meetings, and through the Mission Innovation website and social media.

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One Champion from each Mission Innovation member country participating in the Mission Innovation Champions Programme will be selected. Participating Mission Innovation countries are as follows: Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, European Commission (on behalf of the European Union), Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates.

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One Champion for the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) will be selected, this being from a European Union country that is not an individual member of Mission Innovation (eligible countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain).

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There are two types of reviews that your submission may receive: Peer-to-Peer Review and Evaluation Panel Review.

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During Peer-to-Peer Review, each participant will score and comment upon five applications, using the same scoring criteria that the Evaluation Panel will use. We ask that you carefully review the submissions assigned to you and provide meaningful feedback.

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During the Evaluation Panel review, expert judges provide additional scores and comments to the 80 top-scoring applications as determined by the Peer-to-Peer Review. Each member of the Evaluation Panel has been carefully chosen for their knowledge of clean energy and innovation. There is one Evaluation Panel member per participating Mission Innovation country and one member from the European Union.

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The top-scoring applications as determined by the Evaluation Panel will be named as the Mission Innovation Champions. One Champion from each participating Mission Innovation member country will be selected, and one Champion for the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) will be selected, this being from a European Union country that is not an individual member of Mission Innovation.

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During Peer-to-Peer Review, each applicant to the Mission Innovation Champions programme will review, score, and comment upon five other applications, using a scoring tool that consists of four criteria: audacious, impact, vision, and inventive. Each applicant must complete the Peer-to-Peer Review in order to remain eligible for the programme. The Peer-to-Peer Review will result in a rank-order of all applications. The top 80 ranked applications will be reviewed by the Evaluation Panel.

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During this phase of review, the Evaluation Panel judges provide additional scores and comments to the top ranked applications as determined by the Peer-to-Peer Review. Each member of the Evaluation Panel has been carefully chosen for their knowledge of clean energy and innovation. There is one Evaluation Panel member per participating Mission Innovation country, and one member from the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union). The top-scoring applications as determined by rank order and geographic location will be named as the Mission Innovation Champions. One Champion from each participating Mission Innovation member country will be selected, and one Champion for the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) will be selected, this being from a European Union country that is not an individual member of Mission Innovation.

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Mission Innovation Champions will be expected to participate in the fourth Mission Innovation ministerial (MI-4) meeting in Vancouver, Canada. Participating member countries will cover the costs for the Champions travel expenses to MI-4 (including accommodation & subsistence).

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Yes, we welcome nominations. If you know someone who would make a great Mission Innovation Champion, please nominate them. We will then contact them to encourage them to register and apply. Please also contact them directly to let them know about this programme.

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You retain all right, title and interest in any inventions, software or work of authorship you invent or create. Parts of your application, including your Quick Pitch video, which is a short digital film that you will create about your commitment to clean energy, may be displayed on the website.

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Teams, organizations, and government agencies are not eligible to submit applications. The Mission Innovation Champions programme invites individual persons to participate. Any individual who submits an application on behalf of him or herself may have one or more associations with an organization (including government agencies) and also may be government officials or employees, but those participants must act on their own authority and not under the direction of any employer or affiliated organization or government agency.

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This is not a “business as usual” programme. This is a completely new effort to recognize those individuals working on vital clean energy research and technology development. By supporting cross-border exchanges of ideas and talent and building a community of visionaries committed to the promise of clean energy research and development (R&D), this programme will help activate and engage a new generation of researchers, inventors, and leaders. Additionally, everyone who submits a valid application will receive scores and comments from five other participants and may also receive feedback from an expert Evaluation Panel.

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Please send us an email at questions@michampions.net.

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