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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Strategic Initiative Funding

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Minnesota State Mankato is pleased to announce a  Request for Proposals (RFP) for innovative projects designed to advance our integrated Academic Master Plan and Strategic Priorities.


For the 2015 – 2016 review cycle, the University particularly invites proposals aligned with the following areas that are reflected within the Academic Master Plan and Strategic Priorities:  

·         Quality and Excellence

·         Campus of the Future

·         Global Solutions


Additional RFP guidelines include:


Priority may be given to applicants that have not received prior funding.  Funding is designed for projects that will not require ongoing operational funding and support.  While all proposals will receive consideration, applicants are encouraged to consider the total funding available for award within the program is $100,000 for FY17.  Please note that funds awarded in the 2015 – 2016 review cycle will only be available for expenditure between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.   


The Strategic Initiative Funding program is open to any Minnesota State Mankato employee.


The Strategic Initiative Funding proposal process and timeline for 2015 – 2016 is as follows:


Step 1: Idea Proposals.  Idea proposals may be up to 500 words with no attachments.   During the review process, the Sub-meet or Cabinet may ask proposal authors for supplemental information.  Idea proposals are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, November 16, 2015, to the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment located in 315 Wigley Administration.


Step 2: Full Proposals.   Based upon competitive review of Idea Proposals (Step 1), a selected number of proposal authors will be invited to submit Full Proposals.  Full proposals will include budgets, timelines, and so on.  Full Proposals are due February 1, 2016.


For further background, a history of projects launched through the Strategic Initiative Funding program is available at   



RFP Guidelines and Process

Step 1:  Idea Proposal Materials

Step 2:  Full Proposal Materials

[PDF] Guidelines (301 KiB) and [PDF] Overview (297 KiB)

[PDF] Process/Timeline (299 KiB)

[DOC] Idea Proposal Template (67 KiB)

[PDF] Idea Proposal Review Criteria (8 KiB)

[DOC] Full Proposal Template (92 KiB)

[PDF] Full Proposal Review Criteria (43 KiB)