The Academic Growth and Innovation Fund
The Academic Growth and Innovation Fund (AGIF) program was
established in 2018 with a yearly budget of $2M to find, encourage, and support
innovative academic ideas that will positively impact DePaul revenue within
the next 3 years. The definition of
“idea” is intentionally left rather open.
It may involve new academic programs; revisions of existing programs;
co-curricular enhancement; 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. Proposals may range from projects involving
the collection of data needed to conceptualize an innovative idea to projects
ready for full implementation.
The following deadlines have been established for AGIF grant
proposals for AY 2019 – 2020:
- December 10th, 2019 for projects starting mid
- February 17, 2020 for projects starting July 1,
All full-time faculty and staff at DePaul are eligible to
apply for an AGIF grant. The applicant
submitting the proposal must also be the project lead. A faculty or staff member may be part of more
than one proposal per submission cycle, provided that each proposal is
distinct, but may serve on only one proposal as the project lead.
There are three types of funding available from the Academic Growth and Innovation Fund:
- Idea/concept generation: the maximum award is $25,000 for up to one year of funding.
- Prototype/working model: the maximum award is $100,000 for up to two years of funding.
- Institutional adoption/commercialization: the maximum award is $300,000 for up to three years of funding.
The Program Guidelines & Application Details provide a more complete program description along with detailed instructions for preparing and
submitting AGIF grant proposals. Please
read and follow these guidelines carefully. Proposals that are inconsistent with them will
not be considered.
Also, use of the following templates is required to facilitate
proposal preparation and review. Please see the Program Guidelines & Application Details for instructions concerning their
Click here to download them.
Questions not addressed by the Program Guidelines should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cover Page and Checklist Form
- Project Narrative Template
- Budget Template
- Budget Narrative Template