Faculty Innovation Initiative

Registration for funding for the 2017-18 academic year is now closed.

The Giving Back Endowment is provided by the College of Education and Human Services to advance the understanding, appreciation, and application of the principles of altruism, generosity, caring, and service to others among Murray State University students and faculty and across the Murray/Calloway County community.

The Faculty Innovation Initiative offers a competitive grant funding pool of “one-time initial project support” for faculty across campus seeking to incorporate innovative approaches to student community engagement into their courses. Applications are open to all MSU teaching faculty, regardless of rank or tenure.* Grants will be awarded to proposals where the principles of student community engagement and philanthropy are central to the delivery of the core content of the course. These principles are represented by strategies to get students actively involved in the community by contributing “time, treasure, or talent” to address challenges to the quality of life within the area of the discipline of the applying faculty member.

Awards are expected to be made in the amount of $1,000 each (based on Foundation authorization), and the number of grants awarded may vary from year to year. Funds are to be used for program-related expenses only, not to include faculty salaries. Funds distributed beyond Murray State University are restricted to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, as evidenced by a current IRS determination letter to be provided to the MSU Foundation.

Grant recipients will have the entire next academic year to conduct and report on the project.  Expenditures in support of the initiative will be paid on behalf of each recipient by the MSU Foundation and may include reimbursement of travel-related expenses.

*Of special note, all grant recipients will be eligible to apply for new projects in subsequent years.