The Colonial Academic Alliance, the academic arm of the Colonial Athletic Association, is looking for people with big ideas.

Through its Innovate/Collaborate (IN/CO) Grant Program, the Colonial Academic Alliance is providing grant money to faculty and staff of member institutions, including the College of Charleston, to generate powerful ideas that creatively address the challenges faced in higher education. The grants, which range from $5,000 to $20,000 per year, will be awarded to projects that address pressing policy challenges in higher education, fuel collaboration between institutions, enhance institutional excellence and promote innovation in intellectual inquiry.

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“The IN/CO Grant Program affords our member institutions a unique opportunity to work together with other universities and develop creative initiatives to address shared challenges,” said Lindsey Interlante, executive director of the Colonial Academic Alliance. “Given the diversity and geographic range of our members, we believe that IN/CO grant awardees will positively impact their institutions, advance scholarship on teaching and learning and bring a fresh perspective to some of the shared challenges we face in higher education.”

IN/CO Grants support the exploration and development of creative approaches that positively impact student success, advance scholarship and promote the dissemination of best practices in one of the following priority funding areas: innovative teaching and learning, high impact practices, civic engagement, entrepreneurial education, student-athlete initiatives and student wellness and mental health.

Interested faculty and staff* are invited to apply on the alliance’s website by briefly introducing a topic, idea or challenge that they wish to explore in collaboration with other member institutions, including the University of Delaware, Drexel University, Elon University, Hofstra University, James Madison University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Northeastern University, Towson University and the College of William & Mary).

Short Form Applications are due on October 1, 2019, by 5 p.m. More application instructions can be found on the alliance’s website.

*To coordinate any proposal for external funding, faculty and staff should contact the College of Charleston’s Office of Research and Grants Administration.