Applying for an Academic Innovation Fund Grant?

**Note that successful submission of the grant application will generate an automatic email receipt. If you do not receive this email, your application was not complete and will not be processed. Please contact the Faculty Center  Coordinator with any questions or issues concerning the submission process.**

Academic Innovation funds helped support Professor Sergio Diaz-Luna's launch of the first Bilingual Creative Writing Workshop in the Fall of 2016. Pictured are students in a session for  "The Art of Prose & Poetry in Spanglish," organized by  the Department of Spanish & Linguistics and The Writing Center.    

These funds are available to  underwrite innovations in teaching, course development or curricular design that show promise of having a significant and positive impact on the academic environment at Franklin & Marshall College.  These grants are intended to provide for one-time expenses that will result in an immediate or enduring enrichment of the learning community at the college. 

The Academic Innovation Fund has provided funds for guest speakers and performers in classes; field trips; specialized software for classroom use; tickets for students attending concerts, theater or dance productions; faculty participation in workshops or short courses that will enhance their teaching or result in substantial change in the structure of a course.  

As funds are limited, faculty members may only submit one application per semester.  Each award is capped at $500 and increasing demand forces us to limit the size of some awards to less that the maximum amount.  

The Academic Innovation Fund will not provide the following:

  • funding for multiple iterations of an event, experience or project
  • expansion of normal budget lines
  • reimbursement of costs incurred or projected in completion of any academic degree
  • books or equipment (note:  computer software to enhance blended learning in a course is eligible for funding)
  • funding for scholarly research

Individual faculty members requesting funds, not their Department Chairs, should apply using the Academic Innovation Fund Application Form, available through the link above.