Funding Opportunities Now Available: Innovation and Multi-Campus Collaboration Funding

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

Funded projects will aim to address obstacles to student success by using existing technologies, resources, or practices in innovative ways. Projects that directly connect to or support the core principle, Minnesota State Equity 2030  are highly encouraged.  

For this funding round, the Innovation and Multi-Campus Collaboration Funding rounds will open and close simultaneously – from November 15, 2021 to 4:00 p.m. on January 21, 2022

All students*, faculty, and staff who are currently enrolled in or employed by a Minnesota State college or university are eligible to submit an application. 

Innovation Funding 

Large Seed Innovation Grants (Up to $25,000) 

In the spirit of the television show “Shark Tank,” selected innovators who apply for a large seed innovation grant will be invited to compete for funding by pitching their innovative project to an “investor panel” (comprised of students, Minnesota State educators, business, and non-profit community members) at the 2022 Shark Tank Open. 

This year, the Shark Tank Open is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2022. In preparation for the pitch, individuals or teams will complete an application packet for the panel to review in advance and will be offered presentation coaching to help them prepare for the pitch.  

Small Seed Innovation Grants (Up to $10,000) 

Innovators are also invited to apply for small seed innovation grants that focus on piloting, enhancing, or sustaining an innovation program. Those who apply for a small seed innovation grant will be part of a competitive proposal process instead of pitching their innovation at the Shark Tank Open. 

Information Sessions

Those interested in learning more about innovation funding are invited to attend an online information/Q&A session. Details can be found in the application.

  • December 2 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm 
  • December 3 @ 9:00 – 10:00 am 

Faculty and staff can find more information, resources, and the application on the Innovation Funding SharePoint.  

Multi-Campus Collaboration Funding (Up to $150,000) 

Multi-Campus Collaboration Funding supports proposals that benefit two or more Minnesota State colleges or universities. Requested funding and the scope of a proposal must align with the number of partners in the program/project. Non-Minnesota State institutions may be included as long as at least two Minnesota State institutions work together and jointly benefit from the program. 

Information Sessions

Those interested in learning more about multi-campus collaboration funding are invited to attend an online information/Q&A session. Details can be found in the application.

  • Monday, November 29 from 9:00am-10:00 am 
  • Wednesday December 1 from 2:00pm-3:00 pm 

Faculty and staff can find more information, resources, and the application on the Multi-Campus Collaboration Funding SharePoint.   

Delay in Review Process Funding outcomes for Multi-Campus Collaboration Funding to be announced at the end o f May 2022. Learn more.


For questions about Innovation Funding, contact Stephen Kelly.  

For questions about Multi-Campus Collaboration Funding, contact Robbie Burnett

View previously funded innovation projects in the Innovation Gallery or read the Stories of Innovation Series in the ASA Newsletter. Shark Tank Open Project Videos are also available on YouTube.  

To receive updates regarding funding opportunities, subscribe to the ASA Newsletter

*Student innovators will need a faculty sponsor in order to apply and access the application. 

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