Innovate, Design, Excel & Assess for Success (IDEAS)

Innovate, Design, Excel & Assess for Success (IDEAS)

Deadline for submission is Monday, February 17, 2020.


See Spring 2020 IDEAS      See Spring 2019 IDEAS      See Spring 2018 IDEAS 


Dear Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce another round of request for proposals for the IDEAS program in spring 2020. This program offers up to $5,000 to pilot test innovation in individual units that promote the goals of the University’s strategic plan. If you are a faculty member, staff or an administrator who sees a need for change, this maybe your opportunity to spearhead improvement.

Topics covered under the innovation umbrella. Innovation could be related to smart services, organization, improvement of internal processes or quality of services. It could include improved technology, facilities, purchasing processes, Human Resources, student services, marketing, security or better relations with partners in the region. A cursory review of topics covered under innovation by other universities includes such things as multi-disciplinary learning, industry partnerships, entrepreneurship, makerspaces, social and cultural innovation, health innovation, sustainability or emerging technologies. These are examples of topics associated with innovation that could be considered for anyone interested in developing a proposal for this program.

All information pertaining to the IDEAS program is available on the SPEMI webpage. Proposals funded in 2018 and 2019 can be reviewed online. Select the proposal to view submitted proposal. The University Strategic Plan can be easy accessed here.

The Ideas Program details are now available. Download the IDEAS Proposal Application Form today. The form asks for participant, proposal and sponsor information and provides directions on how to submit the form to or

I hope you will have time to reflect on this program and submit proposals. 


Gitanjali Kaul, Ed.D.

Vice President for Strategic Planning, Enrollment Management and Innovation

Program Details & Proposal Application Form