The Explorer Challenge Process and Timeline

Process

Step 1
Individuals or teams (faculty, staff and students are all eligible) develop innovative ideas that support one or more themes of Beyond Boundaries, the university’s strategic plan, and which integrate inclusive practices.

Step 2
Short pre-proposals are submitted to the new University Innovation Council for review; the Innovation Council will review and provide feedback. Pre-proposals are required for participation in this year’s competition. There will be no selection of proposals to continue to the final submission – any pre-proposal that is submitted will be eligible to continue to step 3.

Step 3
Applicants revise and refine proposals, as appropriate. Small requests (less than $5,000) will continue to use short application format; major requests will require more detail. The Innovation Council and University Financial Planning will review and provide feedback to University leadership.

Further review will include the University Leadership Council; the president and provost will give the final review. The president will announce the awards.

Step 4
Final budgets and milestones will be established. Annual reports will be reviewed by the University Innovation Council and posted on the Marquette Innovation website.

Timeline

October 15, 2019 - Explorer Challenge Kick-off Celebration
3:00-4:30 PM, 707 Hub 

October 29, 2019 - Ideas Fest
3:00-4:30 PM, 707 Hub

December 2, 2019 - Pre-Proposals Due
Email to innovation@marquette.edu by 11:59 PM

January 24, 2020 - Pre-Proposal Feedback Returned

February 13, 2020 - Proposal-Writing Workshop

February 18, 2020 - Budget Workshop

March 2, 2020 - Final Proposals Due

May 2020 - Awardees Announced

July 1, 2020 - Awards Begin