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Academic Program and Funding Opportunities

Ciocca Center supports several academic programs to enhance the University community's understanding and practice of innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset. As part of these efforts, funding opportunities are periodically available. The current program and funding opportunities are summarized here.

Research Program Call For Proposals

The objective of this program is to support original research in processes and challenges relating to innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Awards will be significant, up to $30,000 each, and may run for 12-18 months. 

The Center is currently accepting proposals for this program with a deadline of January 31, 2021. Details on the program are described in the current Call for Proposals, and its associated review guidelines document describes the review process, evaluation rubrics, and other details. 

Two proposals were funded during the 2019-2020 academic year and those research projects are currently in progress. Learn more here.

 

The objective of this program is to support the development of new courses, modules, and programs that address themes that broadly relate to the topics of innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset. There is particular interest in the development of curricular opportunities that broaden the exposure of these themes across the university, that are interdisciplinary, and that may explore innovative learning strategies.

The Center is currently accepting proposals for this program on a rolling basis. Details on the program are described in the current Call for Proposals, and its associated review guidelines document describes the review process, evaluation rubrics, and other details. 

The objective of this program is to support the professional development of University faculty and staff in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. Such professional development may include enhancing faculty and staff knowledge of elements of the entrepreneurial mindset, providing knowledge and skills to help them incorporate such themes into their educational and scholarly activities, and contributing to their ability to be innovative and entrepreneurial in their professional lives. 

The Center is currently accepting proposals for this program on a rolling basis. Details on the program are described in the current Call For Proposals, and its associated review guidelines document describes the review process, evaluation rubrics, and other details. 

We have adopted a general framework for the review of competitive funding proposals for each of the above referenced academic programs. The framework outlines the process for proposal review and approval, evaluation criteria, and evaluation rubrics. These processes are based on best practices found across the university, they have been developed in conjunction with faculty from across the university, they have been reviewed by program’s Oversight Committee, and they have been approved by the Provost. A document based on this process and tailored to each of the above programs is made available during periods when an active Call For Proposals is available.

Fundamental to all is adherence to a Conflict of Interest (COI) policy.

All of these review process policies are open to review and will be revised over time in order to ensure academic freedom, enhance clarity, and promote transparency.