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​Academic Growth and Innovation Fund (AGIF)​

Purpose​​ and Overview

DePaul’s next strategic plan calls for us to use our resources efficiently to ensure that we maintain our ability to carry out our mission sustainably into the future. An important part of resource efficiency involves investment in ideas that have the potential to increase revenue.  To that end the budget provides $2M to find, encourage, and support innovative academic ideas that will positively impact our revenue within the next 3 years.  You are now asked to propose such ideas. The definition of “idea” is intentionally left rather open; it may involve new academic programs, revisions of existing programs, co-curricular enhancements, new advising systems or processes, experiences that bring new students to our university, ways to commercialize new or existing ideas, or any other academic innovation that may enhance revenue.

Just as the definition of “idea” is quite open, the stage of development of the idea is also quite open. Proposals may range from projects involving the collection of data needed to conceptualize an innovative idea to projects ready for full implementation. As described below, the types of support you may request depends on your idea’s stage of development.

 

Stages of​ Development of Academic Growth and Innovation Ideas

Idea Gen​eration Stage

Description: You are at this stage if you need information to generate ideas. Your proposal will typically involve activities undertaken to better understand potential target audiences and/or competitive offerings.

Eligible Expenses: Support can be requested for activities related to data collection (survey development, survey fielding, participant incentives, focus groups, etc.) as well as student research assistants.

Conc​ept Stage

Description: You are at this stage if you have an idea whose viability needs to be better understood.  Your proposal will typically involve activities designed to determine how the target audience is likely to react to the idea.

Eligible Expenses: Support can be requested for activities related to data collection (survey development, survey fielding, participant incentives, etc.) as well as student research assistants.

Working M​odel Stage

Description: You are at this stage if you need to develop a model (prototype) that can be fully tested.  Your proposal will typically involve activities needed to develop a realistic, functional version of the idea and assess the target audience’s response.

Eligible Expenses: Support can be requested for materials, equipment, personnel, facilities, etc. needed to develop a realistic, functional version of the idea and the collection and analysis of data needed to assess the target market’s response.

*Note: Your idea may be at any of these stages of development.

 

Eligibil​ity

All full-time faculty and staff at DePaul are eligible to apply for Academic Growth and Innovation grants.

 

​Funding Limits

Individual Academic Growth and Innovation grant proposals are limited in size only by the amount of funds available.  However, the requested level of funding should be reasonably commensurate with the proposed activities and with potential outcomes.  It is expected that typically proposals for ideas at earlier stages of development will require fewer resources than those at later stages.

 

​Application Deadlines

The deadline for the first round of proposals is August 1, 2018.  Funding decisions on these proposals will be made by August 31.  If funds remain, a second round of proposals will be accepted. Evaluation of these second-round proposals will begin on November 1, 2018 and continue until funds are exhausted.  Funding decisions on these second-round proposals will be made within four weeks of November 1 or proposal submission, whichever is later.

 

​Application Materials

Applicants should submit proposals to AcademicInnovation@depaul.edu.  Proposals should include the following:

- Name of Project

- Name of project lead and collaborators, if any

- Project Narrative

  • Description of project
  • Relationship to strategic plan
  • Desired outcomes
  • Success criteria and up to 3 key metrics

- Letter(s) of Support from unit head and Dean/VP

- Letter(s) of Support from other internal entities (as appropriate)

- Budget Narrative and Budget

- Description of resource requirements not included in budget.

 

Expectations/​Requirements of Recipients

Reporting requirements for each grant will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Additionally, depending on the project, access to funds may be contingent on the progress being made on the project and the project’s continued viability.

 

Intellectu​al Property

Ownership and revenue generated from projects supported by Academic Innovation Grants will be subject to agreements and policies existing between DePaul University and authors of and collaborators on the projects.

 

Applic​ation Evaluation

Grant applications will be evaluated for both academic and financial soundness using the following criteria:

- Alignment with strategic plan.

- Potential impact on University revenue over the next three years.

- Requested level of resources.

- Likelihood of successful completion.

Authors of proposals not funded will receive a written proposal evaluation and may choose to revise and resubmit the proposal.

 

Where to Su​bmit Proposals

Proposals should be submitted to AcademicInnovation@depaul.edu in PDF or Word format. ​

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