The Office of Research and Innovation today announced the 2016 strategic innovation fund recipients. This is the second group of fund awardees since the program launched last year.
This year 26 unique projects led by Marquette faculty, staff and students across a variety of disciplines will receive approximately $2 million. Funded projects fall into one of five thematic categories: arts, community engagement, inter-religious initiatives, research and student experience.
“I am so pleased that we were able to fund half of this year’s final proposals,” said Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation. “The quality and inventiveness of these projects was truly impressive. And that we continue to see such a breadth of ideas from all disciplines that complement the university’s mission and strategic goals is really encouraging.”
Unveiled in President Michael R. Lovell’s inaugural address in September 2014, the strategic innovation fund is similar to a venture capital fund, providing seed money to students, faculty and staff to explore launching new ventures that support the university’s strategic plan.
There were 108 pre-proposals entered this year. Of those, 52 final proposals were submitted and reviewed this year by members of the University Innovation Council. A group of university leaders, including deans and vice presidents, along with President Lovell and Provost Daniel Myers, then discussed all of the proposals. President Lovell and Provost Myers used the input from both groups to identify the final awardees.
Watch Marquette Today in the coming months for information about the 2017 strategic innovation fund process.
See the inaugural 2015 strategic innovation fund winners