2012-13 Innovation Fund Application Deadlines:
Expedited: Monday, February 18 (no longer accepted)
Regular: Monday, April 1 (no longer accepted)
Innovation Fund Process
Further information about the Innovation Fund Process for 2012-13 is available.
Eligibility to Apply
Faculty, staff, and students may submit an application. Note that the applicant must also be the project lead for a project, if funding is awarded. Therefore, for 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 a superior 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.
The abstract is limited to three sentences maximum. There is no limit for the budget estimate portion of the proposal. Responses to the other items may be of any length, provided that the total length of your responses does not exceed two single-spaced pages. We suggest typing your responses in a Word document so that you can easily determine when you have met the two-page limit, and to save your responses for editing and future reference.