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Faculty Grants & Funding Opportunities

Creativity & Innovation Faculty Funding Opportunities

Creativity & Innovation at Colorado College offers support for faculty members working on projects that align with our major focus areas: Creativity, Creative Problem-Solving, and Changemaker (bringing ideas into action). C & I awards of up to $8,000 are intended to resource exploratory projects that don't presently have funding sources, or to amplify projects that have received partial funding from other sources. All tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for funding. **Funding for year-long visiting faculty is available in specific circumstances; please contact Jessica Hunter-Larsen for more information.

Applications are due by 5pm on the third Monday of each block.

  • Please apply for projects that begin at least one block after the award announcement date.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that they have applied for other funding for the project OR that funding doesn't presently exist for the project.
  • Technology equipment purchases (Computer hardware, devices, software, etc.) are ineligible for funding
  • Department/Program Chairs must sign completed applications.
  • The Dean’s Office presently offers summer faculty funding for course development or research up to $4,000. In order to stay aligned with campus policy, faculty grants can fund up to $4,000 for faculty compensation in the summer for projects, course development or research/scholarship. Faculty compensation cannot exceed 50% of the grant’s overall proposed budget. 
  • Awarded funds may be expended any time during the academic year in which the award was made or in the subsequent academic year, i.e., if you receive an award in academic year 2020 you may expend funds in academic year 2020 or in academic year 2021.)
  • Projects that cultivate anti-racist practices and pedagogies are highly encouraged.
  • Project extensions for incomplete projects into a future academic year are made on a case-by-case basis.
  • To view previous grant awards please visit:


Types of Funding:

Creative Exploration Grants to support the exploration of a wide variety of creative practices that can be brought into faculty teaching and scholarship. Projects may include:

  • Research, development, and implementation of anti-racist creativity pedagogies into courses
  • Research, development, and implementation of pedagogies that focus on building mindful and/or resilient capacities in students
  • Release block funding for faculty research and experiences related to C & I aligned topics (scholarly research on creativity, conferences, take a course by a professor with whom you might want to collaborate, conduct research or engage in a block-long project with a C & I Innovator in Residence)
  • Release block funding for faculty to teach new, experimental courses that incorporate creativity theory and practice as a central component
  • Funds to bring in visitors to team-teach new or re-aligned courses
  • Development and implementation of special projects within blocks
  • Course development stipends to create new creativity-based classes


Changemaker: Faculty & Student Collaboration Grants to support faculty/student collaborative projects that center on real-world problem solving. Projects must engage students actively to not only investigate problems but also propose and test solutions. Projects may include:

  • Release block funding for project development
  • Project materials (supplies, books, fees)
  • Honoraria for project collaborators, interview subjects
  • Travel expenses (faculty, students, visitors, community partners)
  • Prizes and awards for students (research, project implementation)
  • Photography/video expenses to document projects
  • Research, development, and implementation of anti-racist pedagogies into courses


Changemaker: Curricular Development Grants to support the development of curriculum that moves theory into practice by engaging students in proposing and testing possible solutions to real-world problems. Projects may include:

  • Release block funding for course development
  • Course materials and supplies
  • Honoraria/Professional fees for visitors, co-instructors, partners
  • Research travel expenses
  • Research, development, and implementation of anti-racist pedagogies into courses


Co-Sponsorships to support campus-wide public events, speakers, workshop, etc., that align with one or more of Creativity & Innovation's areas of focus.

See list of previous grant recipients.

Faculty Creativity & Innovation Faculty Grant Applications are due by 5pm on the third Monday of each block. Please include:

  • If requesting course release funds, please include a statement from your Department Chair or program director indicating their support of project and support for the release block. Creativity & Innovation release blocks will be replaced at an assistant professor level, in consultation with the Dean.
  • Please note, if the grant proposal involves the creation of new a course, substantial revision of an existing course, or involves departmental resources (human or financial), consent of the department chair must be obtained prior to the application submission.
  • If requesting to work in-depth with a visitor (instructor/artist/entrepreneur/elder/community partner, etc.), please attach their resume or CV.

We are here to help!
Feel free to reach out to Jessica Hunter-Larsen at any time to discuss ideas
Email: Phone: 719-389-7083

Or drop in on a Creativity & Innovation Faculty Information Session, which take place on the first Wednesdayof each block.


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