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Deadline for entries 26 September 2017 at 18:00GMT

How to enter

The competition is linked to the British Science Association’s flagship education programme, the CREST Awards.

To participate in the Youth Grand Challenges competition, students must undertake a CREST project within an eligible topic area. Students can either use one of our project resources, or come up with their own idea for a project.

We are looking for projects that: 

  • demonstrate good communication skills
  • show innovation and creativity
  • address a real-world problem

Entry levels

There are four entry levels for the competition. 

  • Discovery: To enter teachers should submit a CREST Discovery project on behalf of their students. Discovery offer a great first introduction to project work, they take about five hours to complete, and are ideal for classroom, club or youth group activity days. Discovery entries into the Youth Grand Challenges must be team entries. 
  • Bronze: To enter students should submit a CREST Bronze project. Bronze Awards focus on fun and transferable skills. They require around 10 hours of work on one project. CREST Bronze allows students to experience the project process; improving their enquiry, problem solving and communication skills. 
  • Silver: To enter students should submit a CREST Silver project. Silver Awards stretch students and enrich their studies. They require around 30 hours of project work. Your students will develop their own project idea and will gain experience of going through the scientific process.
  • Gold: To enter students should submit a CREST Gold project. Gold Awards allow students to conduct real research. They are longer-term projects that require around 70 hours’ work. At Gold level, your students’ work should contribute something new to the scientific or technological community or to a particular field of study.

Still not sure which level is for you? Find out more about CREST Award levels


There is no cost to enter the Youth Grand Challenges competition. However, to be eligible to enter students must submit a CREST project, which involves a per student entry fee.

If the cost of CREST entry fees is prohibitive to entering the Youth Grand Challenges, there are some funding options available:


The winning projects will be awarded a money-can’t buy prize, ranging from an Adventure Science Show from Anturus for your whole school, a trip to an MRC research institution of your choice, to a fully funded place at the London International Youth Science Forum, and a top prize of a travel scholarship worth up to £5000.

Key dates

  • 5th January 2017: Youth Grand Challenges CREST project resources released. To support educators and young people in this challenge the British Science Association has released a suite of new CREST resources on the theme of infectious diseases.
  • January 2017: Competition opens for entries. Use the online form to tell us about yourself and your project, and to upload your work.
  • 26th September 2017: Competition closes. All projects must be submitted via the online entry form by this date to be considered for the competition.
  • December 2017: Finalists event – shortlisted projects will be invited to a celebration event, to exhibit their work to a panel of expert and celebrity judges, who will select the final winners in each category.

Become a judge/mentor

We are looking for expert judges and mentors to be involved in the Youth Grand Challenges. If you are interested in finding out more please complete this short questionnaire and we will be in touch with more details.