The Innovation Collaborative (IC) will review and categorize each proposal. Then, each proposal will have an advocate who will help the project move forward. The advocate will use the combined knowledge of the IC, form partnerships among similar proposals, help with institutional requirements, and ease access to money.
The idea process includes the following steps:
- The idea is submitted to the Innovation Collaborative.
- The idea is assigned an advocate on the IC.
- Advocate connects with the submitter to learn more and make appropriate connections to campus areas.
- They work together to decide what is needed for idea implementation (funding, process, staffing, etc.).
- Determine the long-term home for the implemented idea, and secure necessary support for idea sustainability.
- Request funding (if applicable) and endorsement from IC for idea launch.
- Determine the impact and follow-up.
The IC welcomes and encourages any ideas, big or small. Some ideas that are submitted ultimately belong in academic departments or other University centers. In these cases, the IC will work with the department to provide a “kick start.” This can be in the form of advocacy or, in some cases, funding. The Center for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships becomes the home for larger, long-term projects that do not have a home within the University yet.