The Colonial Academic Alliance is pleased to invite applications for a third round of IN/CO Grants, with plans to select finalists by late 2021.
The Colonial Academic Alliance is turning to true innovators – faculty and staff at our member institutions – to generate powerful ideas that creatively address pressing challenges in higher education, fuel collaboration between institutions, and promote innovation in intellectual inquiry. The Alliance will support and champion these ideas through a third round of Innovate/Collaborate (IN/CO) Grant Program funding, providing grants of $10,000—$40,000 to multi-institutional teams of faculty and staff over two years. A maximum of $160,000 total will be awarded in the third round.
Importantly, the IN/CO Grant program is quite unique — the Alliance encourages applicants to propose innovative initiatives through a short form application, then helps selected finalists identify appropriate partners across our member institutions. Given the diversity and geographic breadth of the Alliance, IN/CO applicants are not expected to forge these partnerships on their own. The Alliance also provides continuous support for IN/CO Grant teams throughout the lifespan of the grant.
Use the links below to download application materials:
IN/CO Application Instructions | Round 3
IN/CO Short Form Application | Round 3
IN/CO Evaluation Rubric | Round 3
PRIORITY FUNDING AREAS
IN/CO Grants support multi-institutional teams of faculty and staff in the exploration and development of creative approaches and best practices that positively impact student success, advance scholarship, and promote the dissemination of best practices in one of the following priority funding areas:
- Innovative teaching & learning
- High impact practices
- Civic engagement
- Entrepreneurial education
- Student-athlete initiatives
- Student wellness and mental health
Interested faculty and staff at Alliance member institutions are invited to complete an IN/CO Short Form application briefly introducing a topic, idea, or challenge that they wish to explore in collaboration with other member institutions. Please clearly complete each field of the application, succinctly making a case for funding. IN/CO Short Form Applications are due on October 1, 2021 by 5:00PM. Please email the completed application form and any relevant attachments as one PDF document to Executive Director Lindsey Interlante via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alliance staff will vet proposals for compliance with the guidelines outlined in the IN/CO Short Form application. Compliant proposals will be presented to the Provosts’ Council, who will select a slate of finalists based on the IN/CO Grant Evaluation Rubric. Finalists will work with Alliance staff to identify potential partners at other Alliance institutions, respond to any questions or concerns put forth by the Provosts’ Council, develop a grant budget, and complete a finalized project plan for approval. The Provosts’ Council will reach a final decision on which applicants to fund by November 19, 2021. All proposals will receive a response from Alliance staff by December 3, 2021.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND QUESTIONS
Applicants wishing to receive additional information on IN/CO Grants or ask questions should contact Alliance Executive Director Lindsey Interlante at email@example.com.