Urban Innovation Grants for Student Organizations

The Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation is providing grant support for University of Chicago student groups for events, research, or other efforts focused on critical issues and topics impacting cities.

 

Our goal is to encourage and support University of Chicago students’ efforts that encourage bold thinking around the future of cities. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate student groups at the University of Chicago.

Apply now to be part of an ecosystem of urban innovation.

 

Overview

The Mansueto Institute is providing grant support to student groups  and organizations across the University of Chicago for events and conferences at the university, such as bringing in outside speakers, or other efforts that focus on cities and urbanization. Research being conducted by student organizations or groups may be considered if it is directly supervised by faculty or university centers/institutes.

 

Eligibility

Proposals are open to current undergraduate and graduate students or student groups at the University of Chicago (must be current students when the grant is awarded). Applicants may submit more than one proposal, provided that each is distinct.

 

Award

Selected projects will receive funding up to $5,000, for a one-year period. Awards must be used for the year they are awarded, beginning on July 1 (the beginning of the fiscal year), or they will be forfeited.

Funds can be used for expenses related to events and conferences at the university, such as booking outside speakers, refreshments, marketing, or renting space; organizing student groups around issues impacting cities; or conducting research, provided that it is supervised by faculty or another University of Chicago academic organization. The award is not intended for independent student research.

 

Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the Mansueto Institute using the following measures:

  • Explicitly Urban: The event or research is related to a topic that is urban in some form.
  • Alignment with Mission: The event or research is relevant to the Mansueto Institute’s mission and work.
  • Feasibility & Deliverables: The proposal clearly conveys anticipated results/activities and their significance.

 

Commitment

Awarded projects are asked to commit to acknowledgement and use of Mansueto brand in publications, marketing, event materials, etc. as a sponsor. Branding materials will be provided.

We also encourage applicants to be part of our dynamic scholarship community, including participating in events and contributing to our Working Paper Series.

 

Deadlines

Applications are open now, and review is rolling until all money is awarded. Funding will be available July 1, 2024. Associated grant activities must be completed no later than June 2025.

 

Proposal Application

Project proposals should be submitted using the form below and must include:

1. A Project Proposal

  • Project proposal outlining how the project aligns with the urban mission of the Mansueto Institute, anticipated outcomes, how you plan to measure success, the specific plan for the funds, and timeline.

2. Budget (a budget template is available for download; narrative 250 words max) The template may be modified as needed to fit your proposal.

3. A CV or Resume for the project lead

 

Application Form

Please use the below form to submit your proposal materials. For questions, please email miurban@uchicago.edu.

 

Student Urban Innovations Grants
Project proposal outlining how the project aligns with the urban mission of the Mansueto Institute, the specific plan for the funds, anticipated outcomes, how will you measure success, the specific plan for the funds, and planned timeline.

Maximum file size: 52.22MB

Maximum file size: 52.22MB

Maximum file size: 52.22MB

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