Curricular grants for faculty

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Course and Program grants of up to $50,000 are awarded to NCIIA member institutions for the purpose of strengthening existing curricular programs or building new programs in invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Successful Course and Program grant proposals present creative teaching approaches that generate and deploy E-Teams, bringing real-life tech applications into the classroom setting and beyond.

Sustainable Vision grants fund educational programs in which student teams create and commercialize technologies that benefit people living in poverty.

Education in STEM Entrepreneurship (ESTEME)

Recipient Institution: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Principal Investigator: Olukemi Sawyerr
Grant Amount: $21,000
This grant will enable the expansion of the existing Education in STEM Entrepreneurship (ESTEME) program, in which E-Teams create new products and manufacture, market, and sell them within one academic year.

Entrepreneurship in Stem – Starting a Social Business at CSU Channel Islands (Planning Grant)

Recipient Institution: California State University, Channel Islands
Principal Investigator: Simone Aloisio
Grant Amount: $8,000
A cross-disciplinary group of faculty will create opportunities for science and business students to learn about entrepreneurship through existing STEM programs. This will bring undergraduate entrepreneurial opportunities in STEM to the campus for the first time.


Recipient Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Principal Investigator: Alexis Abramson
Grant Amount: $36,700
EnergyDesign is a new, interdisciplinary, graduate-level course at the nexus of advanced energy and innovation, and will include students from engineering disciplines, material science, biology, sustainability, law, economics, finance, and public policy.

Surgical Device Innovation Program in Bioengineering Design

Recipient Institution: Clemson University
Principal Investigator: John DesJardins
Grant Amount: $35,000
This grant supports the development of a multi-semester design curriculum focused on the field of surgery and biomedical device design. The program incorporates a multi-week summer clinical and entrepreneurial immersion experience to accelerate the commercialization of biomedical devices.

A Crowdfunding Curriculum to Enhance Entrepreneurship Education

Recipient Institution: Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Gerber
Grant Amount: $11,429
The grants support the development of a crowdfunding curriculum (modules to embed in dozens of courses) to help student teams learn how to prepare a pitch video and other techniques of successful crowdfunding campaigns.

OwlSpark Accelerator

Recipient Institution: Rice University
Principal Investigator: Brad Burke
Grant Amount: $30,500
The OwlSpark Accelerator was founded, developed, and run by four Rice students in 2013 with nine startups that raised $1.1 million in funding. With grant funds, Rice will formalize the OwlSpark processes, enhance the curriculum, establish a formal mentoring program, build credibility, and develop a sustainable business model.

SuPERB: A Certificate Program for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education (Planning Grant)

Recipient Institution: Savannah State University
Principal Investigator: Reginald Lesean
Grant Amount: $8,000
Savannah State University (SSU), in collaboration with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the UK will create the SuPERB Certificate Program, consisting of four new courses for students in science and buisiness. Interdisciplinary student teams from SSU and NTU will compete to assess environmental risk for companies in Savannah and Nottingham.

Innovation Practice Center

Recipient Institution: University of Akron
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Samuels
Grant Amount: $31,000
The Innovation Practice Center will provide strong links between University of Akron technologies and commercialization through an entrepreneurial mentorship and proof-of-concept development program.

Engineering Student Startup Center at UC Davis

Recipient Institution: University of California, Davis
Principal Investigator: Bruce White
Grant Amount: $38,500
The grant will build curriculum and support activities (SPARKs, hackathons, and a Technology Entrepreneurship Seminar Series) to spread awareness of and capacity for entrepreneurship among engineering and science students at UC Davis. A new course will generate student E-Teams and provide micro-grants and mentorship.

UCSB Minimum Viable Product (MVP) Lab and Course

Recipient Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara
Principal Investigator: Robert York
Grant Amount: $24,000
A new Minimum Viable Product (MVP) lab and course will be offered, with a focus on consumer products, sensors, and mobile apps. Faculty will also develop a curriculum that will serve as the basis for a seminar series.

Biomedical Venture Program (Planning Grant)

Recipient Institution: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Principal Investigator: Scott Miller
Grant Amount: $8,000
A new extracurricular program will be offered to assist multidisciplinary student teams in transitioning biomedical technologies from a research laboratory or classroom setting to a dedicated development and entrepreneurial setting. The focus is on BME technologies and medical devices. A core group of experts will mentor the teams.

Fearless Ideas Launching Daring Ventures

Recipient Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
Principal Investigator: Elana Fine
Grant Amount: $30,000
The Fearless Founders program will formalize the venture creation process. Students will be matched with faculty members who will provide assistance with commercial viability assessment. Students will be supported to launch ventures that bring their own ideas to market.

Managing Innovation

Recipient Institution: University of New Hampshire
Principal Investigator: Marc Sedam
Grant Amount: $14,650
This grant supports the modification and development of an existing course that uses the Lean Startup methodology. Three new elements will be added: 1) education about and access to IP management and protection; 2) funds to develop prototypes; and 3) relationships with industry mentors and formation of E-Teams.