What happens after submitting an application?

If applying online, Applicants will receive an automatic confirmation email after submitting. If applying by mail, or in person, Applicants will receive a confirmation email once applications are processed. It may take several weeks to process applications. Please note that an email address is necessary in order to receive confirmation that an application has been received. An email address is also highly recommended in order to receive information and updates about NEIdeas throughout the duration of the challenge.

After the application period closes, the NEIdeas Jury will narrow the pool of applicants, and NEIdeas and its impartial jury will recommend winners for review by NEI and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM). NEI and CFSEM will make the final determination for all winners.

NEI and CFSEM will officially notify all Applicants by mail.