faculty grants

get funding and support to pioneer new ways to engage students in inclusive stem innovation and entrepreneurship

VentureWell Faculty Grants provide up to $30,000 to help fund and support faculty with innovative ideas to create new or transform existing courses and programs to help students develop novel, STEM-based inventions and gain the necessary entrepreneurial skills needed to bring these ideas to market.

We will be seeking proposals for areas that will support the emerging generation of inventors and innovators and the i&e ecosystems critical to their success.

Successful grant proposals include:

  • A focus on technology entrepreneurship
  • Experiential learning by doing, and creative approaches to solving real-world problems,
  • The formation of student teams focused on technology inventions with positive social and/or environmental impact
  • A supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem for student teams to pursue commercialization
  • A plan for sustained institutional change and the continuation of the course or program after VentureWell funding
  • Inclusion of faculty and mentors with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise to support students, especially students from underrepresented groups

Grantees will actively participate in a Community of Practice designed to connect faculty from Minority Serving Institutions, as well as those who self-identify as a member of an under-represented group; these peer-to-peer meetings will support grantee efforts to integrate I&E practices and methodologies into their proposed course or program curriculum.

For questions please contact: grants@venturewell.org

 


Impact numbers

  • We have awarded $12M+ in faculty grants since 1996
  • We’ve funded 580+ STEM I&E courses and programs serving over 50K students
  • 360+ institutions have participated in our programs

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