Application Process for Innovation Fund

Application Process for Innovation Fund

2018 Innovation Fund Application Deadline

Friday, September 28, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Innovation Fund Application Link

Submit a proposal online at: Innovation Fund 2018 Application

Please note that the request for proposals in 2018 specifically highlights the desire for projects related to curricular innovation, an area that the Innovation Fund has long supported. Because the Innovation Fund is focused on teaching and learning, funding for projects focused on the liberal arts will be prioritized.

Innovation Fund Process

Further information is available at: Innovation Fund Process (PDF) (2018–19).

Pilot project funds are used to implement an innovative idea and planning project funds are used to investigate whether an innovative idea is feasible and worthy of implementation.

Eligibility to Apply

Faculty, staff, and students may submit a proposal online. Note that the applicant must also be the project lead if funding is awarded. Therefore, for multi-year pilot projects, there is a strong preference for tenured or tenure-track faculty applicants and non-term staff applicants to ensure continuity of a project.

More than one proposal may be submitted per individual, provided that each proposal is distinct. To promote creative thinking, no project is off limits; however, the project must have the potential for significant impact on teaching or learning and:

  1. Provide an innovative way to fulfill one or more parts of the College's mission: "The College aims to graduate women and men who can think clearly, who can speak and write persuasively and even eloquently, who can evaluate critically both their own and others' ideas, who can acquire new knowledge, and who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good."
  2. Directly contribute to the success of one or more of the College's six strategic goals: Teaching and Learning; Learning Spaces; Enrollment; Post-Graduation Success; Alumni Engagement; and Financial and Human Resource Management.

While no departmental or office sign-off is needed to submit a proposal, applicants are encouraged to consult with colleagues for appropriate advice. If your proposal is accepted for further consideration, the funding committee will explore what implications your proposal may have on your department or office.

Application Length

The text for the application should total no longer than two pages, single-spaced. The abstract is limited to three sentences. There is no page limit for the budget estimate portion of the proposal (it is not included in the 2-page limit). We suggest typing your responses in a Word document to determine when you have met the two-page limit and save for copy/pasting into the online application form and for future reference.