The Explorer Challenge Process and Timeline


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.

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.

Download the 2018-2019 pre-proposal form.

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.

Download the 2018-2019 final proposal form and budget form.

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.


October 23, 2018 - Explorer Challenge Kickoff, 3:30-5pm, AMU 157

October 31, 2018 - Ideas Fest, 3:00-4:30pm, 707 Hub

November 30, 2018 – Two-page pre-proposals due by 11:59pm

Late January 2019 – Feedback returned

March 3, 2019 – Final proposals due by 11:59pm

March and April 2019 – Review of final proposals

May 2019 – Awards announced

May and June 2019 – Budgets and milestones finalized

July 1, 2019 – Awards begin