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, 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.


October 22, 2020 - Explorer Challenge Kick-off Celebration
(Missed the Kick-Off? View the recording here.)

November 9, 2020 - Ideas Fest
(Missed Ideas Fest? View the recording here.)

December 18, 2020 - Pre-Proposals Due
Email to by 11:59 PM

January 2021 - Pre-Proposal Feedback Returned

February 2021 - Proposal-Writing Workshop

February 2021 - Budget Workshop

March 5th, 2021 - Final Proposals Due 
Please email proposals to by 11:59 PM

May 2021 - Awardees Announced

July 1, 2021 - Awards Begin