Joan Aldous Innovation Fund: 2015-16 Grant Application


ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Joan Aldous Innovation Fund provides seed grants for faculty and staff to test new projects or initiatives that advance CLA’s four Roadmap goals. An alumna and pioneering scholar, Joan Aldous (PhD, sociology, ‘63) was the first female faculty member in our Department of Sociology and later the first woman to hold an endowed professorship at Notre Dame. A generous estate gift from Professor Aldous ensures that her legacy of discovery and service continues in the work of today’s scholars.

PROCESS OVERVIEW

The process of re-imagining the college’s work in four key areas -- student career readiness, which includes transformative curricular, experiential, and mentoring opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students; the relentless pursuit of research and creative excellence; building a diverse CLA faculty, staff, and student community that promotes diverse ways of researching, creating, and learning; and fostering a deep culture of engagement with our alumni, communities, state, and beyond -- requires us to explore new ways of thinking and operating. We know that academic and administrative units have the imagination and drive to produce exciting innovations. The Joan Aldous Innovation Fund provides necessary support to pilot initiatives and collaborate on projects with partners on and off campus in pursuit of our shared goals. The Aldous Innovation Fund will focus on one or more Roadmap goals annually.

2015-16 Aldous awards will focus on two key Roadmap goals:

DIVERSITY GRANTS are available to test new projects that promote equity, inclusion, and diversity throughout CLA. These grants are designed to further the strategies and objectives outlined in the CLA Roadmap and by the University’s Campus Climate Workgroup. For CLA, these include advancing and sustaining diversity as a collegiate priority; identifying, recruiting, and retaining underrepresented faculty, staff, and students to CLA; establishing shared practices that support the continuous pursuit of diversity; and cultivating a welcoming and respectful climate that supports a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students who foster a lively intellectual environment of diverse ideas, research, and creative approaches.

ENGAGEMENT GRANTS are available to test new projects that connect CLA research, creative work, instruction, and outreach with communities beyond the boundaries of the campus. Our engagement goals seek to increase opportunities for connection between CLA and the public; strengthen existing and forge new partnerships between CLA and the broader external community; increase the level of and opportunities for engagement with CLA undergraduate and graduate alumni; and ensure that CLA’s research and creative excellence are shared and visible beyond campus.

Proposals in both areas will be evaluated based on their overall projected impact, innovation, and alignment with the CLA Roadmap and the University’s strategic plans. We encourage proposals that might establish practices that could be shared across units. Proposals for one-time events or projects are also welcome.


ELIGIBILITY, FUNDING, & REPORTING

All departments and centers in CLA are eligible to apply for diversity and engagement grants from the Joan Aldous Innovation Fund and may submit more than one proposal.

The amount of awards will depend upon the scope and breadth of the project, but grants will typically not exceed $5,000.

Funded projects must be implemented by June 30, 2017.

By June 30, 2017, awardees must submit a summary report evaluating the project’s outcomes, including project benefits, recommended improvements, and use of funds.


APPLICATION PROCESS

2015-16 application deadline: February 12, 2016
Award notification date: February 26, 2016

For questions, please contact:
Kaylee Highstrom
Campaign Director, Office of Institutional Advancement
612-625-9840 or kmh@umn.edu

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