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Grants to USA IHEs to Enhance Science
and Technology in the Curriculum

Course and Program Grants

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VentureWell

Conf. Date:

10/11/21

Deadline Date:

11/03/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 to USA colleges and universities to promote science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Applicants must receive institutional approval prior to applying. Focus areas may include biomedical and healthcare innovation, general (science- and technology-based) entrepreneurship, sustainable technologies (new materials, clean tech, green energy, and chemistry innovation), technologies that address poverty alleviation and basic human needs, and climate change solutions (technology to mitigate and/or adapt to climate change), especially technologies that support communities most impacted by climate change.

VentureWell Course & Program Grants (formerly called “Faculty Grants”) are awarded to faculty or staff at US higher education institutions to support curriculum that engages students in science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

C&P grants may be used to strengthen existing curricular programs or to build new, pedagogically inclusive courses and programs that engage student teams in developing and pursuing scalable solutions to real world needs through science and technology (S&T) and innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E). The end goal is to support diverse groups of faculty, staff, and students in collaborating to develop novel inventions and technologies that have positive social and environmental impact.

Activities supported by C&P grants should lead to effective courses and programs that are sustained by the institution, lead to the formation of student teams (ideally involved with the VentureWell E-Team Program), and expand opportunities for learning across science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

Successful Course & Program Grant proposals will:

  • Create or strengthen courses or programs that engage student teams in developing novel technology innovations with the end goal of pursuing scalable solutions to real world needs with social and/or environmental impact.
  • Provide students with a meaningful experience, including opportunities for experiential learning and the formation of student teams that may be eligible to apply to VentureWell’s E-Team program.
  • Set the stage for sustained institutional change. Schools that are just beginning to grow their I&E ecosystems are also encouraged to apply, and should describe the funded course or program as part of a larger plan for entrepreneurial ecosystem development.
  • Articulate a plan for broadening participation among underrepresented groups (URGs). Proposals must provide a clear and specific plan to articulate how the course or program will increase participation of students and faculty from URGs in science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

For examples of eligible expenses, see the Grant Guidelines (https://venturewell.org/course-program-grants/guidelines/).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164694

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$300,000

Number of Grants:

A typical cohort size is 10-15 grantees which varies based on funding amounts awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $30,000

Term of Contract:

Grant periods are 3 years in duration. You may choose to spend the funds in 1 or 2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

C&P Grants are awarded to colleges and universities that are:
- US-based. VentureWell does not accept proposals from international universities at this time, but international partners are allowed. Proposals may also include non-member partners from education, nonprofits, industry, non-governmental organizations, governments, and/or the investment community, etc. Note: If the program focus is outside the campus community or outside the US, a local partner must be identified.
- VentureWell members. Membership in VentureWell’s network of higher-education institutions is currently available at no cost. If you are unsure whether your institution has an active membership, check your status in the Membership Directory: https://venturewell.org/venturewell-member-list/

VentureWell especially encourages faculty and staff applicants from URGs or from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Tribal Colleges, Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions, etc., and other institutions that demonstrate clear support for students from URGs in S&T I&E.

For examples of projects that are not strong candidates, see the Grant Guidelines (https://venturewell.org/course-program-grants/guidelines/).

Examples of ineligible expenses:
- Overhead – VentureWell funding may not be used to cover institutional overhead/Facilities & Administration (F&A).
- Expenses that are unlikely to be sustained beyond the proposed grant period, such as competition prize money; event expenses like food, space rentals, or AV; and lengthy student internships.
- Personnel costs over the maximums mentioned above.
- Equipment expenses totaling more than 10% of the total proposed budget and/or considered part of college or university infrastructure (e.g., computers, tablets, 3D printers, or furniture for makerspaces or labs).
- Travel expenses over 33% of the total budget.
- Speaker honoraria over $200 per person.
- Wages for students during the academic year.
- Legal and other expenses of business formation or operation.
- Publicity expenses.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinars

VentureWell is offering two informational webinars for prospective grant applicants. Use the links below to register:

- September 27, 3pm ET: https://venturewell.swoogo.com/cp-grants-webinar-sep-27

- October 11, 1pm ET: https://venturewell.swoogo.com/cp-grants-webinar-oct-11

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- November 3, 2021: Submission deadline. All proposals must be submitted online by 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
- January 2022: Final decisions and notifications
- February-March 2022: Funds disbursed and grant start date

VentureWell requires proof of institutional support for your proposal. It is strongly recommended that you reach out to your Office of Sponsored Programs/Research to inform them of your intention to submit a proposal, and to your institutional supporters well before the deadline date in order to obtain the verifications of support in time.

Most universities require a full proposal for administrative review and approval ten days to two weeks in advance before it can be submitted.

VentureWell accepts no more than two proposals per institution per cycle. If more than two are received, only the two submitted first will be reviewed. Proposals may only be resubmitted once.

VentureWell grant funding is awarded to your college or university. Grant funds are administered by an institution’s Office of Sponsored Programs or an equivalent entity.

Grantees are expected to set aside time and grant funding to disseminate their learnings and outcomes at VentureWell’s annual OPEN conference (https://venturewell.org/open) or other conferences focused on sustainability, education, innovation and/or entrepreneurship.

Guidelines: https://venturewell.org/course-program-grants/guidelines/
FAQs: https://venturewell.org/course-program-grants/faqs/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://community.venturewell.org/VWRedirect?target=proposal

If you would like to discuss your idea, or if you have questions about fit, requirements, process or anything else, feel free to contact Patricia Boynton, Grants Manager, at 413-587-2172 x115 or grants@venturewell.org.

If you have questions or need assistance regarding VentureWell membership, please contact membership@venturewell.org.

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