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Ohio University Innovation Strategy announced as finalist for 2016 UEDA Award of Excellence


Ohio University has been named a finalist for the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) 2016 Award of Excellence for its Innovation Strategy investment program, a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort that encompasses teaching, learning, research and institutional operations and addresses how the University can use its existing assets and expertise to engage substantively with the challenges of the 21st century. 

“The Innovation Strategy is incentivizing new collaborations at OHIO to advance the University’s mission, and to better the lives of people in Ohio and beyond,” said Joseph Shields, vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the Graduate College. “The selection of this program as a finalist for the UEDA award provides strong independent testimony to its significance and value.” 

Each year, universities and organizations across North America submit nominations to UEDA for innovative programs that focus on developing economic prosperity in their communities and regions. A panel of university and economic development professionals has chosen 20 finalists, including Ohio University, from the group of nominated projects.

The UEDA awards are designed to help accelerate these programs by recognizing cutting edge initiatives and promoting their adoption by other universities and communities. Winners will be announced at the UEDA Annual Summit in October. 

The Ohio University Innovation Strategy offers the potential for large (up to $1 million) one-time awards as well as smaller developmental grants to faculty and administrators at Ohio University with a focus on incentivizing interdisciplinary and multi-college collaboration. Proposals can focus on innovations in research, scholarship, creative activity, teaching and learning and/or institutional operations.

In early 2016, OHIO announced it had awarded $4 million to four faculty and staff teams for new research and teaching initiatives. In addition, five teams received planning grants of up to $20,000 each and seven teams received seed grants of $50,000 each to grow their promising ideas.

The funding process begins with the submission of a letter of intent and pre-proposal, and follows with teams invited to submit requests for proposals for the monetary awards. 

In fall 2016, Ohio University will launch its next round of funding for the Innovation Strategy. Submission deadlines for letters of intent will be announced later in the fall semester.