Do you have a problem?

Seeking teams of two or more faculty members to develop and implement innovative solutions to problems in your community.

Faculty Innovation Grants are available for 6-month development efforts (STEP 1) that result in one or more deliverables as defined below. The purpose of the FIG program is to build sustainable entrepreneurial efforts that lead to implementation of innovative solutions to problems that matter in your community.* Successful project teams will be invited to expand and scale their efforts in a follow-on funding program (STEP 2) that develops student entrepreneurship in multidisciplinary teams. A cycle of STEP 1/STEP 2 funding can last 12-18 months and be awarded up to $10k.

Slides from FIG Q&A October 5, 2022.


A prototype, implementation, or full solution to your well-defined problem. Your solution should:

  1. demonstrate a tangible benefit and value to your community
  2. Expand opportunities for members of your community to participate in development and/or implementation of the solution
  3. Demonstrate innovative use of existing or new technologies
  4. Have well-defined and measurable outcomes within the period of performance
  5. Have a viable assessment component

Note that your innovation need NOT result in a commercial product or service. Innovation creates value for stakeholders and that value is not necessarily economic in this context. 


Full-time Carthage faculty on tenure-track or on multi-year contracts with at least one year remaining on contract at application due date are eligible to propose as Project Leads. At least two faculty who meet the eligibility criteria for Project Leads must be identified on the proposal. Part-time staff and faculty are eligible to participate as part of the project team but cannot serve as Project Leads.

Award Levels and Numbers

Step 1 Award: $3-5k.

Step 2 Award: $5k.

3-5 Step 1 awards/annually. Anticipate 2-3 Step 2 awards during the second round of calls each year.

Use of Funds

Awardees may use the FIG funds to support faculty stipends, student workers, software, equipment, meetings, and local or regional travel. All expenses must be directly related to the execution of the award.

Definitions for FIG

*Community: A classroom, academic division, neighborhood, college, city, nation, or planet. The successful FIG applicant will carefully define the the intended community.  

Entrepreneur: Using your unique knowledge and skills to create new opportunities and solve problems for stakeholders.

*Innovation: For the purposes of this program, innovation is distinguished from research to the extent that innovation serves to solve problems that create immediate benefit to a community. The benefit can be broadly scoped to include economic value, quality of life, quality of environment, expansion of opportunity to persons or groups historically underserved by community investment, or other communal benefits that affect stakeholders within the community. Innovation in the context of this program does not involve addressing research questions of a fundamental nature or problems that are several undefined steps away from practical implementation in a real-world setting.

Schedule (2022-2024)

September 1, 2022

Step 1a Applications Open
November 1 Step 1a Applications Due
January 9, 2023 Step 1a Awards Made
July 10 Step 1a Final Reports Due
September 4

Step 1b, 2a Applications Open; Step 1a Awardee Presentations

November 6 Step 1b, 2a Applications Due
January 8, 2024 Step 1b, 2a Awards Made
July 8 Step 1b, 2a Final Reports Due
September 2

Step 1c, 2b Applications Open; Step 1b, 2a Awardee Presentations

Funds for this program are provided by the Donald D. Hedberg Endowment for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 


Eligible faculty members are encouraged to submit an application here. STEP 1 Applicants: please review and use the FIG STEP 1 Proposal Template. STEP 2 Applicants: please review and use the FIG STEP 2 Proposal Template. STEP 2 proposals are by invitation only from successful STEP 1 awardees. 


Also review and use the FIG Budget Template for the required budget submission. Finally, review the FIG Proposal Evaluation Rubric

This opportunity is open to faculty from all areas of the College. Applications will be reviewed by an ad-hoc committee of faculty peers. Reviews will be assessed relative to a evaluation rubric that you are encouraged to review prior to developing your proposal. Limit one application per faculty team per year. Individual faculty may participate in multiple proposal teams. Student participation is required in STEP 2 and is optional in STEP 1 projects.

Project Leads should submit the application. Both STEP 1 and STEP 2 applicants should use the same submission form below. 

All fields marked with asterisk (*) are required.

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Project Lead Last Name
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Project Lead First Name
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Project Lead Email Address
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Project proposals must include at least one faculty collaborator.
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Project proposals can include additional faculty collaborators as needed. List additional collaborators separated by semicolons.
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Attach PDF of project proposal. See proposal guidelines for proposal guidelines.
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Attach budget Excel file. Use FIG Budget Template.
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Budget narrative can be attached as a separate PDF document here or can be included in the Excel budget sheet.
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If you are proposing additional support funding from a department, include a brief letter of support acknowledging the allocation from your department chairperson.
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