Wildcat Innovation Fund Awards

Purpose: The Wildcat Innovation Fund awards are competitive awards designed to support initiatives that advance strategic goals of Northern Michigan University.  Wildcat Innovation Fund awards are currently targeting three strategic areas: Recruitment, Retention and/or the Development of New Majors and Program Initiatives to Increase Enrollment. Projects must address one of these strategic areas. Collaborative projects involving faculty and/or staff innovators from multiple units/disciplines/departments are strongly encouraged. Two successful proposals may be awarded with a funding limit up to $12,500 each. 

Eligibility: Any full-time university employee, to include faculty and staff, is eligible to apply to the Wildcat Innovation Fund.

Application Procedure: Complete proposals (including acknowledgements) must be submitted using the application guidelines provided. Proposals must be electronically submitted to the College of Business Dean’s Office (abrown@nmu.edu) by 5:00 p.m. on October 16, 2015.

Review Procedure:  Proposals will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Provost.  The committee members shall include two faculty members, one member of the Academic Cabinet, one academic department head, one representative from the President’s Division, two representatives from the Finance and Administration Division and the Associate Director for Grants and Research (or designee). The chair of the committee will be selected by the Provost. The committee’s reviews of the proposals along with rankings and recommendations will be submitted to the Provost for final review and funding decisions. Upon approval, the Provost’s Office will notify successful applicants. The President and the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) also will be notified. The VPFA will disburse funds based on available assets and monitor the funds in accordance with the proposal and University policies and procedures.

Reporting/Accountability: A final report, due at the conclusion of the project, must be submitted to the Provost’s Office (lhares@nmu.edu). The report should include outcomes of the project as well as long-term projections. Awardees failing to file a final report will be ineligible for future grants from this fund.


Revised 8/2014