September 12, 2013

From NCIIA: Course and Program Grants (Deadline November 8!)

Course and Program Grants strengthen existing curricular programs or build new courses and programs in invention, innovation, and technology entrepreneurship.
              Upcoming submission deadlines: November 8, 2013 and May 9, 2014

Program Overview
Course and Program grants are awarded to NCIIA member institutions for the purpose of strengthening existing curricular programs or building new programs in technology-based invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Proposals may request support for a single course, a course sequence, a certificate program, a minor or major, extracurricular programs or a combination of these. Successful proposals include the following elements:
  • The formation of student teams (E-Teams*) focused on technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship with a positive social/environmental impact.
  • A focus on entrepreneurship and support for promising student teams who want to continue to develop their technologies and business models after participation in the proposed course/program.
  • A plan for continuation (and financial sustainability) of the course or program post-NCIIA-funding.
  • An emphasis on experiential learning-by-doing and creative pedagogical approaches to solving real world problems. 
 NCIIA encourages proposals that involve students and advisors from engineering, science, business, design, and liberal arts disciplines, as well as groups traditionally underrepresented in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship, including women and minorities.

Note: If you are proposing a course and/or program which focuses on the development and deployment of technology-based inventions and innovations for the benefit of people living in poverty in the US and/or abroad, you should submit a Sustainable Vision proposal instead of a Course and Program proposal. Learn more about the Sustainable Vision grants program here. Applicants may not submit both a Course and Program proposal and a Sustainable Vision proposal for the same idea during the same grant cycle.

* What's an E-Team?
NCIIA defines an E-Team as a multidisciplinary group of students, faculty, and industry mentors working together to bring a technology-based invention (product or service) to market. The "E" stands for entrepreneurship.

How to apply
Click here to apply. Detailed instructions and information about the application process can be found in the program guidelines.
You may preview a PDF of the online application here.
PLEASE NOTE: This PDF includes screen shots of NCIIA's five-step proposal process. The proposal content shown may vary slightly from the Sustainable Vision grant proposal, but steps for the application are the same. This PDF is for preview purposes only.
If you have an idea for a Course & Program proposal, but are not sure whether it's a fit with NCIIA guidelines, you may send a 1-2 paragraph summary to We are glad to review your brief summary on a first-come basis and provide you with feedback. Please note that due to high volume, we are unable to guarantee replies to inquiries made less than two weeks prior to the proposal deadline.

Previously funded Course and Program grants

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