Research Communications

New Konneker Fund supports innovative learning and discovery 

May 7, 2012

Ohio University’s new Konneker Fund for Learning and Discovery will provide up to $100,000 for innovative, high-impact faculty and staff projects designed to advance undergraduate learning as well as research and graduate education. The program is accepting applications through Friday, June 8.

The Ohio University Foundation created the program at the request of alumnus Wilfred Konneker, who made a gift of shares of the university biotechnology spinoff company Diagnostic Hybrids. The funds generated by the shares support the Cutler Scholars Program and the Kennedy Museum of Art, and now have been used to create a quasi-endowment fund dedicated to supporting initiatives designed to enhance the university’s academic mission.

Proposals to the Konneker Fund should support Ohio University’s efforts to realize its vision of becoming the nation’s best transformative learning community and achieve progress on the university’s Four Fundamentals. Applicants also must explain how their projects will have university-wide impact and align with best practices documented in national research.

Applicants may request up to $50,000 for two years or $100,000 overall. Faculty and staff are eligible to submit proposals, and collaborative proposals are strongly encouraged.

Proposals will be reviewed by an internal committee drawn from the university’s academic leadership and chaired by the executive vice president and provost. The Ohio University Foundation will make funding decisions during its July meeting.

For a full description of the program, as well as the application, submission and review process, visit: