Do you have vision but lack the funding to see it through? Then the Innovative Projects Fund may be the opportunity to make your vision a reality.
What is it?
The Innovative Projects Fund (IPF) is an annual donation made by the AMS to the University in an effort to aid the enrichment and progressive development of the campus community. The IPF was designed to provide a start-up funding pool for a broad range of visible and innovative projects of direct benefit to students. Traditionally, each successful application receives funding up to $5,000. In the past, innovative projects have been new ideas such as student media initiatives, new clubs, new conferences, and student services.
All UBC students, staff and faculty who have a vision for a new project that does not duplicate existing resources are encouraged to apply. For a list of previously funded projects, please click here.
How do I apply?
This year, the application is online and can be accessed here.
It would be helpful if applications could be phrased in a language that a non-specialist would understand. Applications for projects requiring ongoing support should clearly indicate sources of future funding.
Criteria & Eligibility
Projects must be innovative, provide benefit to a significant number of students, and be visible to the campus community. Applications will be accepted from students, staff, and faculty at the University.
A six-member committee comprised of three student representatives (appointed by the AMS Council), three representatives from the University administration, and chaired by the AMS president will evaluate the applications and forward their recommendations to the president of the University. Following approval, the chair will notify all applicants. In consideration of conflict of interest, committee members will be required to abstain from participation in the consideration of applications originating from their own department/faculty. All applicants will be informed of the status of their application at the end of the review process.
Applicants will be required to submit a report detailing the progress of their project within 12 months of the disbursement of IPF funds. Applicants re-applying for funding must submit their report along with their application. Project funding will normally not exceed three years. Equipment purchased with IPF funds becomes the property of the University. Any funds from the sale of equipment will be returned to the IPF.
The deadline for 2011 is Friday, October 28. Please complete the online forms with the budgets attached by 11:59 pm.