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.
The Innovation Fund enhances Grinnell’s educational excellence by encouraging innovative ways of teaching and learning. Support is offered for:
- one- to three-year pilot projects that investigate and implement ideas initiated by creative faculty, staff, and students; and
- 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.
Please note that the Innovation Fund will move to a two-year cycle of applications instead of an annual call for proposals. This will give currently funded proposals time to catch up due to the delays of the pandemic. We expect a new call for proposals in 2023.