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​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, 2020.
  • February 17, 2020 for projects starting July 1, 2020.

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 use. 

Click here to download them.

  • ​Cover Page and Checklist Form
  • Project Narrative Template
  • Budget Template
  • Budget Narrative Template
​Questions not addressed by the Program Guidelines should be sent to academicinnovation@depaul.edu.








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