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The Innovation[X] Program

The Innovation[X] Program proceeds from the basic idea that productive multidisciplinary collaboration is fundamental to solving big problems. To that end, we have developed a program that brings together faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students from across campus to work on year-long, research-based projects that address real-world issues. We have put out general calls for proposals, as well as more specific calls for proposals on COVID-19 response related projects.

Since our 2019-20 pilot year, the Innovation[X] Program has sponsored 41 projects with grants of $20,000 each. The projects have ranged from laser-guided weed control to on-campus food insecurity, and have directly involved over 300 students and 100 faculty. In the near future the program plans to add more topic-related calls, as well as corporate and NGO challenges.

For questions about Innovation[X], please contact Assistant Director Emily Finbow at

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Take a look at the Innovation[X] Program and application process from the faculty and student points of view.

Or learn more about our previous I[X] teams and the exciting progress they made by visiting our virtual poster gallery, watching our I[X] videos, or visiting the past projects page.

Benefits of Innovation[X] Teamwork

Hear from Innovation[X] team leaders on their experiences working across disciplines and with students of all levels.

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Dr. Sumana Datta

Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies
Executive Director for LAUNCH

“The requirement to connect across disciplines & colleges… from faculty to staff, graduate students, & undergraduates to attack a large and difficult problem from many perspectives and at many levels has been even more of a benefit than I expected.”

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Dr. Lei Zou

College of Geosciences

“Participating in this project is beneficial to both students on my team and me to initiate an innovative research idea, learn cutting-edge technologies, and build an application that could translate research into practice.”

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Dr. Theodora Chaspari

College of Engineering

“I[X] allowed me to interact with different personalities, understand different learning styles, & address challenges that arose from interdisciplinary miscommunication gaps, which at the end of the day made our team stronger and increased its synergy.”

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