The University Innovation Council, which is charged with developing and implementing the application process for the Explorer Challenge, will host “Ideas Fest” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the 707 Hub.
The event will include an overview of the application process, as well as the opportunity to explore potential project ideas and connect with collaborators. The Explorer Challenge provides the opportunity for students, faculty and staff to submit proposals for up to $25,000 in seed money for innovative projects that make an impact and advance the university’s strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries.
Explorer Challenge funds may be used for a wide variety of projects including:
- Developing new interdisciplinary research clusters
- Building community and industry partnerships
- Funding ideas that will help the university operate more effectively or efficiently
- Other potentially high impact ideas that require seed funds to test concept or build momentum
Innovative projects can be a new idea altogether or an adaptation of existing strategies to support Marquette in new ways. Projects that are interdisciplinary and have the potential for community partnership or impact are encouraged.
Marquette recognizes that true innovation requires diverse perspectives. This year’s competition will feature a special emphasis on integrating inclusive practices into Explorer Challenge projects. Applicants will be asked to discuss the ways in which their project demonstrates inclusive approaches as part of the pre-proposal and final proposal.
Pre-proposals are required for participation in this year’s fund competition and are due on Dec. 2, 2019. A complete timeline for the Explorer Challenge process is also available online.
The event is open to all students, faculty and staff. Pre-registration is not required, but individuals are encouraged to share their ideas or interests in advance online. This will help the University Innovation Council connect individuals with similar interests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Register online.