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Innovation Fund

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 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.

New for 2021–22:
Seed Projects

To help foster new and reinvigorate existing collaborations, the Innovation Fund has designated ‘seed project’ funding during 2021–22 to facilitate exploration or enhancement of projects of shared interest. A Seed Project grant may provide up to $3500 in fast-track support of initiatives to advance partnerships in one or more of the five strategic planning areas. Seed Project funding will be available on a rolling basis for the 2021–22 academic year.

Continuing for 2021–22:
Planning and Pilot Projects

The Innovation 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.

For 2021–22, Innovation Fund support for planning and pilot grants will focus on the strategic planning area of Educational Excellence and Continuity. In keeping with the framework of collective impact and mutually reinforcing activities, preference will be given to proposals that create new partnerships or deepen existing collaborations to advance strategic priorities.

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