Apply Now for Pay It Forward Funding!

Minnesota State seeks to support student, faculty, and staff innovation that shows great potential for improving teaching, learning, and access for students across our 37 colleges and universities.

Pay It Forward Funding is available for up to $10,000, and rewards innovators who wish to replicate previously funded innovations from a college or university campus.  Successful proposals will focus on past funded innovations displayed in the Innovations Gallery.  Priority will be given to projects that support the Minnesota State Equity 2030 goal.

Pay It Forward funding supports:

  • The 1:1 replicating of an innovation from one college or university campus to another within Minnesota State.
  • The creation of an innovation similar to or heavily inspired by an existing innovation on a college or university campus.

Funding recipients will be determined based on the merits of each proposal. Applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on May 7, 2021.  Awards to be announced no later than Friday, May 21, 2021. Funding up to $10,000 is available to individual innovators or teams.


Join the Pay It Forward Funding Information Session on April 15, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. A recording will be available in the Innovation Funding SharePoint Site.

Find the application and information session Zoom link in the Innovation Funding SharePoint Site.

Contact Stephen Kelly if you have questions.

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