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The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences is interested in funding pilot entrepreneurial projects. The funds may be used to support projects up to three years in duration. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with an Associate Dean and possibly with members of the Entrepreneurial Advisory Committee before applying and to work together with an Associate Dean to develop a budget. Both original projects requiring market research and a feasibility study and projects based on existing models imported from other sources are encouraged.

Successful entrepreneurial projects should take the expertise of members of the university community outside the bounds of courses and classrooms and into the public arena. The term entrepreneurship is broadly defined and includes "social entrepreneurship" and nearly any faculty activity beyond the usual assignment of teaching, research, and service. For the purposes of this grant, CAS is interested in projects that meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Generate revenue and/or deliverables for the University and an existing or new College of Arts and Sciences Department or Program. If a new "Program" is proposed, the way in which that new Program will be integrated into the existing fabric of the University must be made clear.
  • Enhance the reputation of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Advance the strategic goals of the University

Proposals that also meet the following goals are strongly encouraged:

  • Build relationships between the people who will hire our graduates and the University
  • Build relationships between our alumni and the CAS programs from which they graduated
  • Incorporate students in ways that will enrich their lives beyond graduation both personally and professionally

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