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Do you have the next big idea for NKU?
2020 NKU Innovation Challenge

Success by Design is helping reshape the future of Northern Kentucky University - and education - in northern Kentucky. We built our strategic framework together, and together we will take the next important step through Unleash Innovation. This is your opportunity to bring visionary ideas to life for NKU through the 2020 NKU Innovation Challenge. Be the visionary that helps build our future.
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2020 Innovation Challenge Winners

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Fully Funded Proposals

Pathways to Financial Success $90,000
Dual-Credit Instructor Credentialing Scholarship $56,000
Norse Skolars: From Summer Melt to Student Success $54,990*
Students 2 Scholars Retention Program $38,000
Building Belongingness through Peer Mentors in STEM $20,000
Grad Cincinnati Goes to College $17,952
Healthy Minds Survey $15,000
Access to an Education: Textbook Support for At-Risk Students $10,000
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Plots: Recognizing the past, present, and future of historically African-American Fraternities and Sororities at Northern Kentucky University $10,000
Clean Slate: Promoting Success in STA 205 $5,000
*Fan Vote Winner!
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Partially Funded Proposals

The Sandbox: A Student Innovation Lab and Home to NKU Esports $75,000
All Rise $52,813
Astronomy Comes to You: Traveling Planetarium Program $24,201
Second Chance Education $20,888
"If You Build It, They Will Come": Creating Internship Opportunities for Humanities Majors $7,500
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2020 Innovation Challenge Lineup

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Students 2 Scholars Retention Program
If You Build It, They Will Come: Creating Internship Opportunities for Humanities Majors
Dual-Credit Instructor Credentialing Scholarship
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The Sandbox: A Student Innovation Lab and Home to NKU Esports
All Rise
National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Plots: Recognizing the Past, Present and Future of Historically African-American Fraternities and Sororities at NKU
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Astronomy Comes to You: Traveling Planetarium Program
Healthy Minds Survey
Access to an Education: Textbook Support for At-Risk Students
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Building Belongingness through Peer Mentors in STEM
Norse Skolars: From Summer Melt to Student Success
Grad Cincinnati Goes to College
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Pathways to Financial Success
Clean Slate: Promoting Success in STA 205
Second Chance Education
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In August, President Vaidya announced a one-time $2 million Strategic Investment and Innovation Fund. $1.5 million is dedicated to projects to be determined by the implementation teams that address the First Five Initiatives of the Success by Design Framework. The remaining $500,000 will be allocated to “unleash” innovative ideas from across campus to support any initiatives of Success by Design while encouraging broad participation.
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Important Dates

December 6, 2019 - Application deadline

December 20, 2019 - Notification to Finalists

January 17, 2020 - 2020 NKU Innovation Challenge

January 27, 2020 - Winners Announced