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Presidents Innovation Grant

"Innovation funds in higher education have been used as policy tools to help universities:
  • improve academic and management quality,
  • introduce innovations aimed at greater academic relevance, and
  • increase university-cost effectiveness.
Effective innovation is the key process by which the quality of Western Michigan University can be improved."

The goal of the Innovation Fund at Western Michigan University is to provide funding to faculty and staf to create programs that improves teaching, learning, operations, and administration. These monetary awards are granted on a competitive basis to projects selected through a merit-based review process.

Dr. Ikhlas Abdel-Qader and her team members received $245,000 from the Presidents Innovation Fund to establish the WMU-Kalamazoo Promise Partnership: Promoting Engineering Careers to Female, Minority and Disadvantaged Middle School Students.