President's Innovation Fund


The President's Innovation Fund (Innovation Fund) is a competitive grant program for full-time faculty with the strategic goal of encouraging and supporting faculty innovators who will experiment with and develop evidence-based learning models that can be extended to other faculty and courses at Miami Dade College and beyond. Projects can be proposed by individual faculty or faculty teams, and there will be up to 10 awards per grant cycle with a maximum award amount of $10,000. This is intended to support faculty professional growth by funding projects that target improving student learning.

Innovation Fund applicants are invited to propose an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning through a specific educational initiative. Proposals are required to include a research component, and those including strategies to sustain, replicate and scale the innovation across the discipline and college are at a competitive advantage. Selection will be a competitive process (for more details, see "Review Committee and Evaluation Criteria").

Innovation Fund Priority for 2021-2023: Artificial Intelligence

The President’s Innovation Fund fosters a culture of excellence in teaching, learning, and service at Miami Dade College. We encourage innovations with a broad and lasting effect on instructional excellence and the implementation of high impact practices. The faculty projects will align with the 2021-2026 MDC strategic goals and pioneer instructional delivery approaches to improve student engaged learning and success. The funding will support the exploration of new instructional strategies and the advancement of student learning outcomes at the college and the global higher education landscape.

In this grant cycle, the Innovation Fund encourages projects that address a new priority area, Artificial Intelligence:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Across the Disciplines and the College – projects that apply AI or AI tools in an innovative way to enhance teaching and learning.

Congratulations to the 2022 Awardees

Please join us in congratulating the Innovation Fund Round 3 Grantees. Starting in Fall 2022, these Innovation Fund Round 3 projects will be implemented with the support of the President's Innovation Fund. Many thanks to all the faculty who submitted proposals in Round 3. It was a competitive process, and we applaud you for your innovative thinking and efforts to improve student engagement, learning and success at MDC.

Watch this Space for Announcement of the Next Round of Innovation Fund Request for Proposals in the following Priority Areas (Tentative Date Fall 2022):

  • High Impact Educational Practices: projects that use teaching and learning practices with strong evidence of effectiveness for college students of diverse backgrounds
  • Project-Based Learning: projects that engage students in solving real-world problems as a way to develop critical thinking, creativity and communication skills
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Across the Disciplines and the College – projects that apply AI or AI tools in an innovative way to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Affordable Learning Materials (ALM) Course Design: projects related to the development and implementation of strategies for adoption of affordable learning materials and resulting in (1) improved quality of teaching and student learning, (2) a reduced or zero cost of course materials, and (3) overall student success.