Who is eligible to apply?
All full-time faculty and staff are eligible to apply. Collaboration between employees and departments is encouraged. Grants may be awarded to individuals, programs, departments or inter-departmental teams.
What makes an application competitive?
When is the application period?
Applications open Oct. 12, 2021, and will close Jan. 14, 2022. Finalists will be notified in late January, and awards will be selected at Innovation Celebration on Development Day, Feb. 22, 2022.
What criteria must be met in order to apply?
Projects must follow all application instructions, including approval by the respective Dean/Vice-Chancellor. Funding cannot be used for certain expenses such as personnel or incentives. Please refer to the Game Changer Application for more information.
How will winners be chosen?
Finalists will be selected after the review and scoring of applications by Strategic Planning Council. These finalists will then have the opportunity to present their proposals to the collective college community at Innovation Celebration. Full-time faculty and staff will vote in real time during the event to choose the winning proposals.
Who do I contact with questions?
Questions can be directed to the Grants Office at email@example.com or complete the Idea Form to receive more information about supports from the Center for Academic Innovation. During the application period, three optional, come-and-go Idea Workshops will be held for applicants to get assistance and feedback on project ideas. Workshops will be:
Contact the CAI at firstname.lastname@example.org or (417) 447-4800 with questions.
What types of projects will be considered for funding?
Game Changer Grants are awarded to innovative projects that support the goals outlined in the college’s Strategic Plan, particularly projects that improve how we serve our students. Projects of a more limited scope are not likely to be as competitive, but Student Success Mini-Grants may be appropriate.