NCIIA Course and Program Grants

Course and Program grants strengthen existing curricular programs and/or build new courses and programs in invention, innovation, and technology entrepreneurship. Read about recent grantees.

Upcoming submission deadline: November 7, 2014

Program guidelines

Read the guidelines before you apply!

Program overview
Course and Program grants are awarded to NCIIA member institutions for the purpose of strengthening existing curricular programs or building new programs in technology-based invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Proposals may request support for a single course, a course sequence, a certificate program, a minor or major, extracurricular programs or a combination of these. Successful proposals include the following elements:

  • The formation of student teams (E-Teams*) focused on technology invention, innovation and entrepreneurship with a positive social/environmental impact.
  • A focus on entrepreneurship and support for promising student teams who want to continue to develop their technologies and business models after participation in the proposed course/program.
  • A plan for continuation (and financial sustainability) of the course or program post-NCIIA-funding.
  • An emphasis on experiential learning-by-doing and creative pedagogical approaches to solving real world problems. 

NCIIA encourages proposals that involve students and advisors from engineering, science, business, design, and liberal arts disciplines, as well as groups traditionally underrepresented in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship, including women and minorities. 

Note: If you are proposing a course and/or program which focuses on the development and deployment of technology-based inventions and innovations for the benefit of people living in poverty in the US and/or abroad, you should submit a Sustainable Vision proposal instead of a Course and Program proposal. Learn more about the Sustainable Vision grants program here. Applicants may not submit both a Course and Program proposal and a Sustainable Vision proposal for the same idea during the same grant cycle.

How to apply

Click here to apply. Detailed instructions and information about the application process can be found in the program guidelines.

You may preview a PDF of the online application here.

This PDF includes screen shots of NCIIA's five-step proposal process. The proposal content shown may vary slightly by programl, but the application steps are the same. This PDF is for preview purposes only.


*What's an E-Team?
NCIIA defines an E-Team as a multidisciplinary group of students, faculty, and industry mentors working together to bring a technology-based invention (product or service) to market. The "E" stands for entrepreneurship.