Innovation-X-Icon-1.pngThe School of Innovation's Innovation[X] Program provides grants that allow multidisciplinary teams of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs to work together to address complex real-world challenges. Faculty may apply for grants of up to $20,000 to facilitate year-long projects. The number of grants to be awarded depends on funding and application levels.  Funding for the coming cycle begins September 1, 2020.

The Innovation[X] Program is an opportunity to engage a broad array of students in a transformative learning project and explore translating research into actions that will have an impact on the community, nation, and the world.  

Teams must consist of an interdisciplinary set of faculty members and a multidisciplinary team of 10-20 students, both undergraduate and graduate, from across the university. Proposals should demonstrate a team-based approach to a complex problem and include meaningful deliverables. These may include, but are not limited to, published reports, curated exhibits, workable data sets to motivate further research, marketable goods or services, or impactful solutions to community challenges. Projects may engage external partners such as private companies, government agencies, NGOs, school districts, etc.

Background Information

  • Any faculty member may submit a proposal, but only one proposal is required per project.
  • All teams must have two leaders, one of whom must be an active faculty member. Graduate students, postdocs, or staff may serve as co-leaders alongside a faculty member.
  • Team leaders should represent at least two distinct disciplinary perspectives; preferably from two different departments.

  • Projects should bridge disciplines and areas of expertise.
  • Projects should be vertically integrated among levels of expertise and learning.
  • Projects should address societal challenges.
  1. Project information (Project name, Primary contact person)
  2. Budget estimate
  3. Description (Research question or Fundamental Problem, context, and proposed goals for project)
  4. Team leadership and proposed composition of student team
  5. External partners and/or locations
  6. Project details (potential travel, IRB needs, timeline, etc.)
  7. Collaboration plan (how team will function, milestones, division of labor, etc.)
Projects will be selected by a faculty committee drawn from across the university. Proposals will assessed on the following criteria.
  1. Interdisciplinarity:  Does the project engage students and faculty across disciplines?
  2. Societal Relevance:  Does the project engage in the solution to a real-world problem?
  3. Vertical Integration:  Does the project foster collaboration across educational levels?
  4. Teamwork:  Does the project foster team-based work?
  5. Deliverables:  Does the proposal articulate clear and achievable goals within the scope of the project?
Budgets may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Graduate student support
  • Domestic and international travel support
  • Special research materials
  • Student travel

Budgets may not include salary support for faculty or staff.
Applications can be submitted through the form found on School of Innovation website:

If the proposal will be part of a larger funded project, please describe other funds to be used, so that the committee better understands the scope of the project.

  • Initial Proposals will be accepted through 11:59 pm on our new extended dealine, January 21, 2020.
  • Faculty Team Leaders will be notified by early March 2020.
  • Student applications will be accepted through July 27, 2020.
  • Student selection will occur late Summer 2020.
  • Projects must begin no later than Fall 2020.



Learn about the winning proposals, project details, and how to get involved as a student.


Now seeking applications from undergraduates, graduate students, professional students, and postdocs for our 2020-2021 Innovation[X] project cohort.

All student applications to Innovation[X] projects must be submitted through the online proposal form by our UPDATED deadline, July 27, 2020 (close of business)




For questions or to discuss potential project ideas and teams, please contact:
Robert Shandley
Associate Dean, School of Innovation 
(979) 862-6071
Emily Finbow
Assistant Director, School of Innovation
(979) 862-6071



Learn about this year's projects.