EQUINOX: Sustainable Development Awards

Competition Overview

In the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, higher education institutions are highlighted for playing a critical role in community transformations. Driven from the KSU R2 Roadmap goals, we seek to empower and stimulate student contributions to their campus/local community and the sharing of ideas for advancing the impact of Sustainable Development.
The Fourth Annual EQUINOX call for proposals seeks action plans for campuses and communities to integrate Sustainable Development – as grounded in the following five pillars (5 Ps): people, prosperity, planet, partnership and peace. Students – from all disciplines – are invited to participate and propose innovative initiatives towards implanting the 5 Ps and creating a sustainable and resilient campus/community. The student-led research projects are encouraged to focus on a specific issue from the team’s campus or their local community and offer solutions with a thoroughly integrated approach to overcome the challenge by 2030.

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The award is made possible through the generous support and sponsorship of the KSU Office of Research.

Submission Guidelines

The competition is open to all the KSU undergraduate and graduate students from any major and college. Collaborative and interdisciplinary teams which are focused on an issue on "the university campus" are highly encouraged. While the official members of the team are only students, teams are recommended to engage faculty, staff or community collaborators for guidance. Students' class projects, if applicable to the theme, could be submitted to this competition. Students are invited to develop integrated strategies that make connections across the different pillars, goals, disciplines, organizations, and communities.

  • Registration Deadline: Monday, Feb 3, 2020
    Call for proposals is now CLOSED.

    Submission Deadline: Monday, Mar 2, 2020
    All files must be uploaded prior to 12:00 noon.
    Submit your application here. 

    All boards will be displayed during The 4th Annual of EQUINOX on Monday, Mar 16, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

    • The competition is free to enter.
    • The proposal should at least incorporate three (3) of the five (5) pillars of 5 P’s.
    • There are no limitations on the number of proposals that could be submitted by a team.
    • Applicants must register online to submit their entry forms and project boards by the deadlines.
    • At least one member of the team should be presented to display the poster and represent the team to general audience during the symposium day.
  • Entries to the competition will be reviewed and selected by a panel of jury from different disciplines. Jury seeks to reward thought-provoking proposals with creative contribution to solve the stated problems. The projects will be chosen for recognition of the student team research significance -- innovative idea; strategy execution; and expected results. 
  • The selected proposals will be announced and awarded during the 4Th Annual of EQUINOX Symposium 2020. The winning teams will receive up to $300 honorarium. In addition, the finalists will receive special certificates from the CIFAL and EQUINOX: SDGs. The awarded proposals will be featured on the EQUINOX website. 

    ALL submitted projects will be showcased during the 4th Annual EQUINOX 2020.

    ALL participants will be recognized with a certificate of participation at the EQUINOX: SDGs. 

  • The material presented on the poster should contain the following critical components:

    2. ABSTRACT: Provide a synopsis of the research proposal.
      1. PROBLEM STATEMENT + OBJECTIVES: Clearly define the issue being addressed. Articulate the project intent, how it is relevant to the 5 P’s and why it is significant to seek a solution to this problem.
      2. BACKGROUND: Identify and include research, and initiatives relevant to the proposal. Incorporate references to the literature where appropriate.
      3. METHODS: Outline your approach and strategic process in addressing the problem. Clearly narrate the transformative steps and timeline of the proposed solution.
      4. ANTICIPATED RESULTS/CONCLUSION: Clearly present the contribution and the significance of the anticipated results.
      5. REFERENCES: Include all appendices and references. Please format citations in a main style, APA is suggested. 

    Submissions must be designed on no more than four 20" x 20" digital boards. Teams are encouraged to communicate their research in a visually stimulating poster employing figures, tables, and formatted text to demonstrate key points.

    Please do not state on the board the names of student participants, faculty/staff sponsors or anyone who contributed to the entry – Projects will be judged anonymously.


5 Pillars of Sustainable Development Goals

PEOPLE: We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.

PLANET: We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

PROSPERITY: We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.

PEACE: We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.

PARTNERSHIP: We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalized Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people

Source: Preamble to The 2030 Agenda: UN. 2015a.