Provincial Government Invites Proposals for Youth Innovation Projects

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is encouraging young people to engage in the areas of science, engineering and technology by providing funding for innovative projects. The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development, today announced the 2016 Youth Innovation Call for Proposals while touring the Agriculture to Aquaponics Youth Project at Holy Trinity High School in Torbay.

“Newfoundland and Labrador’s youth are vital to the province’s future prosperity. In order for them to grow and contribute, it is incumbent on us to provide opportunities to encourage innovation, creativity and the building of essential skills. Youth Innovation Projects help create an awareness of the value of innovation in the province’s resource and non-resource based industries, helping students build important and versatile skills.”

– The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development


Holy Trinity High School received funding from the 2015 Youth Innovation Call for Proposals for its Agriculture to Aquaponics project, which aimed to create a 21st century learning environment to increase student knowledge and skills in agriculture, aquaponics, and robotics through use of programming/coding to design data collection and monitoring systems with remote access.

Newfoundland and Labrador organizations with a youth and innovation focused project are invited to submit a proposal. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Not-for profit organizations;
  • Youth organizations;
  • Public and private K-12 schools;
  • Post-secondary institutions; and
  • Municipalities.

“The funding made available to our school made our Agriculture to Aquaponics Youth Project a reality, providing our students with the tremendous opportunity to explore their own aptitude for new and emerging technologies in this area. The program has allowed us to create a 21st century learning environment that is increasing student knowledge and their skills in agriculture, aquaponics, and robotics. Through the use of programming/coding that has led to enhanced learning in data collection and monitoring systems, our students are developing dynamic skills that will aid them well into the future.
– Andrew Hickey, Principal, Holy Trinity High School, successful applicant of the 2015 Youth Innovation Call for Proposals


Successful projects may receive a maximum contribution of 80 per cent of eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000. Eligible activities include hosting or participating in conferences/workshops, field trips, or competitions, and introducing innovative learning projects focused in science, engineering or technology fields. For more information or to apply, visitwww.btcrd.gov.nl.ca/innovation/youth/. The deadline for submissions is May 6, 2016.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Provincial Government has announced the 2016 Youth Innovation Call for Proposals.
  • Funding to a maximum $15,000 is available for each successful proposal that challenge or inspire young people to participate in innovation projects with a science, engineering or technology focus.
  • Since 2009, more than $2.6 million has been distributed for 170 successful projects.