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Strategic Initiative Grants

2023-2024 Strategic Initiative Grants

I am thrilled to announce that the application for the PAU Strategic Grant Funding is now open! This is an exciting chance for you and your colleagues to bring your innovative ideas to life and make a meaningful impact within our institution.

The Strategic Initiative Grant is an internal funding source specifically for Palo Alto University faculty and staff. It aims to pilot initiatives that drive research, innovation, and projects aligned with our Strategic Plan. It's important to note that the grant is designed to jump-start initiatives and not provide permanent funding. To support these initiatives, the Office of the Provost has allocated $100,000 per award cycle, with a maximum award of $10,000 for each proposed project.

While proposals from all areas are welcome, we are particularly eager to encourage initiatives that highlight and promote Inclusive Excellence/DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) and/or promote inter-department collaboration.

Important Dates

  • September 7, 2023 Application Opens
  • October  6, 2023 Deadline for Applications
  • October 20, 2023 Notification of Awards

Call for Proposals

Please preview the proposal form to prepare your proposal.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting your grant application is October 6, 2023, at 5:00pm PST. Please ensure that your application is completed and submitted before this deadline.

Application Process

To ensure that your proposal aligns with the grant's criteria, I encourage you to please preview the proposal form to prepare your submission accordingly. When you are ready to submit your proposal, use the Qualtrics Proposal link below. Link to Qualtrics Proposal Form.

Please note that the internal grant is intended to kickstart initiatives and provide initial support, rather than serving as a source of ongoing funding.


All faculty and staff members are encouraged to apply. Collaborative projects involving multiple departments or disciplines are particularly welcome.

Selection Process:

The Cabinet will carefully review each application based on criteria such as alignment with strategic goals, potential impact, feasibility, and innovation. Make sure to clearly articulate these aspects in your proposal.

Support Available

If you need assistance or have any questions regarding the application process, please don't hesitate to reach out to