The Provost has funds available to support initiatives that further Middlebury’s strategy.

The Provost’s Academic Council (PAC) will make decisions about which ideas to pursue and prioritize, consulting regularly with other offices regarding the feasibility of new ideas and projects.  The PAC has articulated the following criteria for evaluating proposals:  

  • The degree to which the project aligns with Middlebury’s strategic framework
  • The intended impact of the project
  • The innovative potential of the project
  • The degree to which the project integrates or connects existing efforts across Middlebury
  • The longer-term financial and administrative sustainability of the project, if applicable

In addition, each year specific areas of focus are identified by Middlebury’s leadership. The following three themes will guide prioritization:       

  • Projects and initiatives that further our commitment to anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Pedagogical or research innovations that align with Middlebury’s strategic framework.
  • Initiatives that build upon Middlebury’s Energy 2028 initiative.

Projects receiving awards through this process have been funded through a variety of sources including The Ron and Jessica Liebowitz Fund for Innovation.


Notifications for proposals submitted by March 1 will be communicated by April 15, 2022.  Funds for successful projects will be available after an assessment plan is submitted, not before July 1, 2022.

The next deadline for proposals is expected to be in the fall 2022.


    • To get started, please review the guidelines to ensure your initiative is eligible.  The link to access the application is located on the bottom of that page.

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