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 Lineup

Students 2 Scholars Retention Program
If You Build It, They Will Come: Creating Internship Opportunities for Humanities Majors
Dual-Credit Instructor Credentialing Scholarship
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
Astronomy Comes to You: Traveling Planetarium Program
Healthy Minds Survey
Access to an Education: Textbook Support for At-Risk Students
Building Belongingness through Peer Mentors in STEM
Norse Skolars: From Summer Melt to Student Success
Grad Cincinnati Goes to College
Pathways to Financial Success
Clean Slate: Promoting Success in STA 205
Second Chance Education
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.

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