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Grants to USA IHEs to Enhance Innovation and
Entrepreneurship Courses and Programs

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Deadline Date:

05/19/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $30,000 to USA colleges and universities to enhance innovation and entrepreneurship curriculum. Applicants must receive institutional approval prior to applying. Funding is intended to support the development or transformation of classes and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market.

VentureWell awards grants to colleges and universities for the purpose of strengthening existing curricular programs and/or building new courses and programs that engage student teams in developing and pursuing scalable solutions to real-world needs through I&E.

The Spring 2021 Sustainable Design Faculty Grants cycle will support faculty and staff who are committed to cultivating I&E dedicated to positive social impact and environmental sustainability, and will integrate sustainable design concepts tools, and frameworks into their I&E curriculum. VentureWell is seeking proposals with innovative ideas related to the development of new courses and programs, or to strengthening existing courses and programs, that incorporate key sustainable design concepts with the end goal of developing novel inventions and technologies. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate clear support for student innovations that are dedicated to climate change solutions (i.e. mitigation and/or adaptation; see Appendix for definitions), as well as innovations to existing products or systems that address an opportunity to become carbon neutral or net zero energy, or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, pollution, and waste.

Proposals may include plans for creating or improving an individual course, course sequence, minor, major, certificate program or other co- and extracurricular programs that support I&E focused course and program efforts.

For examples of eligible expenses, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 164694

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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:

Faculty 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. Note: If the program focus is outside the campus community or outside the US, a local partner must be identified.
- VentureWell members. While an institutional membership is required to apply, VentureWell is currently offering a no-cost membership to colleges and universities that sign up between September 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. VentureWell is committed to broadening participation and advancing equitable opportunities for applicants. VentureWell believes that seeking support for your valuable and critical work should not be a hurdle during this challenging time when many colleges and universities, particularly under-resourced institutions, are facing budget constraints.

Proposals may also include non-member partners from education, nonprofits, industry, non-governmental organizations, governments, and/or the investment community, etc.

VentureWell especially encourages faculty and staff applicants from URGs and proposals 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

For examples of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Webinars: April 6 and April 19 at 3pm ET

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- May 19, 2021: Submission deadline. All proposals must be submitted online by 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
- July 2021: Final decisions and notifications
- August 2021: Funds disbursed and grant start date
- Fall 2021: Green Launchpad Educators Workshop
- January 2022: Sustainable Design Community of Practice launch

Grantees will participate in the Green Launchpad Educators workshop in Fall 2021 (participation of at least two faculty members is required; dates to be determined), as well as in peer-to-peer Sustainable Design Community of Practice monthly meetings, starting in January 2022.

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.

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.


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

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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

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