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Call for proposals: Academic Growth and Innovation Fund

Lincoln Park Campus

Established in 2018 with a yearly budget of $2 million, DePaul's Academic Growth and Innovation Fund aims to find, encourage and support cutting-edge academic ideas that will have a positive impact on the university's revenue within the next three years. Beginning Jan. 15, full-time faculty and staff are welcome to submit proposals for the next round of the AGIF. 

Proposals are due by midnight on Monday, Feb. 15 for projects beginning July 1. Faculty and staff should submit proposals via Blackbaud , DePaul's internal grant system.

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 up to two years of funding
  • Institutional adoption/commercialization: the maximum award is $300,000 up to three years of funding.

The requested level of funding should be reasonably commensurate with the proposed activities and with potential outcomes. Because the AGIF Program is focused on Grounded in Mission, funding priority will be given to projects aligned with one or more of the strategic plan's goals.

For more details, please access and read the program guidelines and application details document online. Other questions may be directed to​