Dates & Deadlines

The FFI is open for applications two times a year: once in the fall term and once in the spring term. 

*The application deadline for Spring 2019 is February 28, 2019*

How to Apply

There is a two-round process for applying for funding from the Fund for Innovation:

  • Step 1: Apply online through the online application by February 28
  • Step 2: Your application is reviewed by the Fund Advisory Board
  • Step 3: Finalists invited to pitch session
  • Step 4: Finalists pitch their idea to the FAB
  • Step 5: Final awardees are selected and notified

Fast-Track Proposals: Proposals Under $2,000

The FFI has an expedited process for proposals with a maximum budget request of $2,000. This process supports innovative ideas for projects that can be developed quickly and with limited resources.

Besides the budget limit, the application guidelines for this expedited process are the same as those for the general FFI.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis each academic year between October and April.

A subset of the FAB will review applications once every month and make funding decisions at that time. Applicants can expect to hear a decision within four weeks. Applications submitted during academic breaks in the school year and during the summer will take longer to review. 

Need Help?

For information on what materials are required for a complete proposal, visit the Guidelines pages. 

For suggestions on writing a strong application or preparing for your pitch presentation, visit the Process page for helpful tips.

Need further help? Come to our drop in hours!

Want to workshop your proposal? Have questions about the FFI and want to learn more? The FFI is hosting four drop-in hour sessions this spring!

  • January 30, 2019 3:15-4:45 PM EST Axinn 220
  • February 6, 2019 1-3:30 PM EST/10 AM-12:30 PM PST Online
  • February 18, 2019 10:15 AM - 12 PM Axinn 219
  • February 19, 2019 1:30 PM - 4 PM EST/10:30 AM - 1 PM PST Online

Sign up for our online drop-in hours here!

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