Connect and Collaborate Grants Program

Connect and Collaborate Grants Program

The 2016-2017 Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes faculty, staff, students and their respective public/private sector community partners to submit concept proposals which have the potential to catalyze engaged, collaborative teaching and research activities benefiting the community with impactful, sustainable programs while advancing the scholarly goals of the university.

This program is designed to bring together multiple, available resources and leverage existing community platforms to develop programs that achieve measurable, positive impacts in communities.

Ohio State PI's are invited to submit a concept proposal using the template provided to be considered for further development and funding. A Stewardship Committee will select concepts that address priority issues and have potential to become successful projects that develop into sustainable programs/initiatives.

The deadline to submit a concept proposal was Oct. 3. Proposals will no longer be accepted for this funding cycle.

Another funding cycle will open during spring semester (dates TBD).

Call for Concept Proposals (PDF)

Concept Proposal Template (Word)

Frequently Asked Questions


Grant Tracks

There are three tracks in the Connect and Collaborate Grants Program based on the development stage of the proposal: Planning, Implementation and Expansion.

Planning Grants (up to $25,000)

Planning Grants support development or improvement of a program. Teams that demonstrate support and excitement for starting or enhancing a program will be invited to work with a Steering Committee to develop partnerships and to organize and structure their efforts to complete a comprehensive and broadly accepted Program Action Plan.

Implementation Grants (up to $40,000)

Implementation grants are intended for programs with a clear purpose based on evidence and comprehensive planning and where partnerships are established and early successes have accrued.

Expansion Grants (up to $100,000)

Expansion grants support extension of an established program's infrastructure and capacity to increase the positive impacts. Expansion grants provide funds to existing programs deemed to be of high quality based on documented evidence.


Priority Areas

Priority will be given to concepts that align with one or more of the following areas:

International

  • Global One Health Initiative
  • Global Gateways

Ohio's 88 Counties

  • Health and Wellness
  • Job Skills and Careers
  • Thriving Across the Life Span
  • Sustainable Foods
  • Engaged Ohioans, Vibrant Communities
  • Environmental Quality

Central Ohio

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Economic Development
  • Education
  • Energy and Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Workforce Development

Process

A Stewardship Committee will select concepts that address priority issues and have potential to become successful projects that develop into sustainable programs. Concepts will be developed into full project plans by Development Teams consisting of applicant team members and a Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee will contribute targeted networking and program development expertise. This will enable a better perspective of the challenge and the capability to devise more effective and sustainable solutions. Working with a Steering Committee to deliver a final project plan is a required activity for all selected concept proposals. Applicants will need to set aside sufficient staff time for project plan completion.

Stewardship Committee members will invest in the project with funding, pending project plan approval. 

Description of grants process


For assistance with any requirement of this solicitation, please contact Mark McCann at mccann.249@osu.edu.


Organizations participating in the 2016-2017 Connect and Collaborate Grants Program include: 

  • Columbus Foundation
  • Greater Columbus Arts Council
  • United Way of Central Ohio
  • Global Gateways
  • Global One Health
  • Industry Liaison Office
  • Office of Energy and Environment
  • Office of International Affairs
  • Office of Outreach and Engagement
  • Office of Research
  • Office of Service-Learning
  • Office of Undergraduate Education
  • Office of Undergraduate Research
  • OSU Extension
  • OSU Wexner Medical Center