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 four themes will guide prioritization:       

  • Projects and initiatives that further our commitment to anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • New or continued pedagogical or research innovations that will enhance digital fluency and critical engagement; some of these may have been used during our move to remote teaching, and colleagues may want to build on them.
  • Strengthening the global network of Middlebury programs through collaboration and partnership; these opportunities may be either internal to Middlebury or collaboration and partnerships with colleagues at other schools.
  • Initiatives that build upon Middlebury’s Energy 2028 initiative.

Previous avenues of funding, including One Middlebury and The Ron and Jessica Liebowitz Fund for Innovation, have been brought together into a single streamlined process as outlined below.


All proposals are due March 1, 2021 with notification by April 15, 2021.  Funds for successful projects will be available July 1, 2021.


    • To get started, besides the information above, please review the guidelines to ensure your initiative is eligible and to access the application.

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