Creative Stream

New to 2024, Project SOY Plus is opening a new competition stream where students are challenged to create expressive works, imaginative compositions, or creative artworks that explore themes related to the Circular Economy.

The Call for Submissions is open to works that draw aesthetic, material, or metaphoric lines of connection between the Circular Economy, Innovation, and Research. We encourage explorations that span a broad range, including materiality, subject matter, research, and abstraction. The scope of acceptable submissions is broad and includes sculptures, paintings, prints, mixed media, photography, video art, poetry,  written works, plays, and music.

Students are asked to submit a poster of their concept ahead of the March 2024 Project SOY Plus Finale, where accepted submissions will be displayed as part of a Poster Showcase. All students are invited to attend the Project Stream Competition Showcase and Creative Stream Winner announcement.

Ahead of the showcase, students are also required to submit a four-page (double-spaced) project proposal that, in combination with the poster, will be reviewed by a panel of judges. At the final event, the panel will announce one work to be commissioned by the Research Innovation Office. The winning student(s) will be paid $2,500 for their time and expenses related to the work. Depending on the proposed creative endeavor, the Research Innovation Office will work with the student(s) to provide an appropriate venue to display or perform their creative piece.

Entry Requiremen ts

  • Must be a diploma, undergraduate, or graduate student enrolled at the University of Guelph, Guelph-Humber, or Ridgetown during the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • Original concept proposed

Expression of Interest

Are you interested? Please submit an Expression of Interest Application to by 5 pm on February 12, 2024.

If you would like to submit a proposal but missed the Expression of Interest deadline, we are still accepting a limited number of proposals. Please contact us at to confirm your spot.

Proposal Deadline

Proposals and posters are due by 5 pm on March 11, 2024. 


Visit the Research Innovation Portal for more information and access the Creative Stream Expression of Interest and Proposal forms (single sign-in credentials required.) 

Intellectual Property and Copyright Information

Submitting to the Project SOY Plus Creative Stream does not transfer any rights of ownership - the student/s retains full rights. We do not ask for exclusivity and students are free to submit to any other publication, project, or exhibition.

By submitting to the Project SOY Plus Creative Stream, you are granting the Research Innovation Office permission to photograph your poster at the finale event and share it online through our social media channels, annual report, and website with credit.

The winner of the Project SOY Creative Stream maintains ownership as per the Canadian Copyright Act, where your works are protected under Canadian Copyright Law. The student/s owns the copyright to the commission work. A contract will be provided between the student and the Research Innovation Office, that indicates the following: Rights Granted (which includes the right to reproduce, distribute, display, and promote the work), Usage, Credit to the Artist, Duration and Territory, Compensation, and any other provisions.

The Research Innovation Office intends to maintain the rights to print, distribute, and promote the winning work in various formats including print, media, and digital which will be indicated in the written contract.