The Innovation Fund supports promising ideas proposed by faculty, staff, and students for new approaches to teaching and scholarship, as well as student-initiated proposals that enrich campus life and learning in innovative ways.

The fund enhances Grinnell’s educational excellence by encouraging innovative ways of teaching and learning. Support is offered for (1) one- to three-year, pilot projects that investigate and implement ideas initiated by creative faculty, staff, and students; and (2) one-time planning projects by a faculty/staff member or student to investigate whether an idea is feasible. The Fund fosters an agile institution by promoting an environment that is conducive to experimentation and imagination.

Annually, up to $450,000 is available for pilot projects and up to $50,000 for planning projects. 

Because the Innovation Fund is focused on teaching and learning, funding preference for faculty with projects focused on strategic planning goals and technology will be prioritized. The allocation of funds is dependent on the strength of proposals, and the number of awards is contingent on the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious proposals.




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