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Innovation Strategy

Over the past two years Ohio University has taken steps to develop a strategy – now designated the Innovation Strategy – to ensure that the institution continues to engage substantively with the challenges of the 21st century.

The Innovation Strategy Interim Report, released in September 2014, identified four broad portfolios of major challenges, each encompassing a suite of niches for possible investment. The niches represent significant problems, linked to areas in which OHIO has existing assets or expertise, and offering the potential for investment with high-level impact.

The Innovation Strategy encompasses the full spectrum of the university's activities – including teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creative activity, and the operational functions of the university. It also aims to incentivize and leverage interdisciplinary and multi-college collaboration.

OUIS_cycle_2 Innovation Strategy Funding Cycle 2

To view list of pre-proposals moving forward to full-proposal stage, click here


LOI graphic   To view Letters of Intent (LOI), click  here  (Ohio University ID required)

Pre-Proposal Meeting Deadline: December 15, 2016

Pre-Proposal Deadline: 4:00 pm, January 12, 2017 


RFP graphic Request for Proposals  (RFP) (updated March 20, 2017)

View  Frequently Asked Questions

View  Conflict of Interest Guidelines

View  NIH Prenuptial Agreement

Information and Networking Sessions

September 19 and 26, 3:30-5:30 pm, 
Multipurpose Room in the Multicultural Center, 2nd Floor Baker Center 

Collaborative Projects Workshop

October 3, 9:00-11:00 am, 
Multipurpose Room in the Multicultural Center, 2 nd  Floor Baker Center. 
RSVP required,  research@ohio.edu. Limited to 50 attendees. 

Collaborative Projects Workshop  
  View presentation  here.

OUIS_news News and Features about Innovation Strategy Initiatives

University investment in interdisciplinary projects pay off (Updates on Cycle 1 Planning Grants and Announcements of Cycle 2 Planning Grants, November 13, 2017)

Boom Without the Bust: 'Shale Innovation Project' Researches Sustainable Natural Gas Development (October 13, 2017)

University to review six proposals for Innovation Strategy Cycle 2 funding (April 4, 2017)

Innovation Strategy submisions show strong university engagement with interdisciplinary initiatives (January 31, 2017)

University community invited to view Innovation Strategy letters of intent, join projects (October 20, 2016)

Letters of Intent for Innovation Strategy Cycle 2 funding due Oct. 13 (September 28, 2016)

Research Division to host Innovation Strategy information and networking sessions, collaborative projects workshop (September 13, 2016)

Kids, Keyboards and Conversation: How a summer rock camp strives to help youth with autism  (June 16, 2016)

Innovation Strategy offers $350,000 in seed grants to seven OHIO teams  (June 6, 2016) 

Innovation Strategy announces plans for second cycle of program  (June 2, 2016)

Immersive Media Iniative offers OHIO students experience with virtual and augmented reality technologies  (April 15, 2016)

Innovation Strategy supports new osteoporosis diagnosis technology  (April 12, 2016)

Engineers, public policy experts seek sustainable, enhanced economic outcomes from shale boom  (April 1, 2016)

Academic Innovation Accelerator to cultivate new teaching concepts  (March 28, 2016)

Innovation Strategy program awards $4 million to four research and teaching initiatives  (Feb 25, 2016)

Five teams receive planning grants from the Innovation Strategy program  (Jan 6, 2016)


OUIS_cycle_1 Innovation Strategy Funding Cycle 1 (ARCHIVED)

Ohio University is awarding funding to selected applicants of the 2015-16 cycle. The submission process for this cycle is now closed. For information about the funding process, please visit our  archive page  to find:

Request for Proposals, Conflict of Interest Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, Letters of Intent, Interest Survey Results, and Pre-proposals Moving Forward to the Full Proposal Stage. 

Click  here  to view Cycle 1 Planning, Seed, and Full proposal recipients.


OUIS_report Innovation Strategy Interim Report and Open Forums

Ohio University Innovation Strategy: An Interim Report. Eva Klein & Associates, August 2014  (PDF file)

Open forums were held to discuss the Interim Report during September 2014 in the Baker University Center Theater:

Watch the video of the Sept 10 forum.

Watch the video of the Sept. 16 forum.



Questions about the Innovation Strategy can be addressed to: research@ohio.edu