Connect and Collaborate Grants Program

Connect and Collaborate Grants Program

The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes faculty, staff, students and their respective public/private sector community partners to submit pre-proposals which have the potential to catalyze engaged, collaborative teaching, research, and service 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.

The deadline to submit a pre-proposal for the Spring 2017 Connect and Collaborate Grants program was February 1, 2017 at 5 p.m. 

Call for Pre-Proposals (PDF)

Pre-Proposal Template (Word)

Frequently Asked Questions

Information Session Recording

An information session for the Spring 2017 Connect and Collaborate Grants was held on Jan. 17.

A recording of information session can be viewed here

Autumn 2016 Connect and Collaborate Grant Recipients

12 teams received funding through the Connect and Collaborate Grants Program in Autumn 2016. View a list of grant recipients here.

Grant Tracks

Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis using three grant tracks.

Planning Grants (up to $25,000)

Planning grants support development or improvement of a program at any point in its life-cycle. Teams that demonstrate support and excitement for starting or enhancing a program will be invited to develop an action plan designed to move the program to the next logical stage.

Implementation Grants (up to $40,000)

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

Expansion Grants (up to $70,000)

Expansion grants support scale-up of an established program's infrastructure and capacity to increase 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. See the Call for Pre-Proposals for more details about priority areas:


  • 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

Industry Research and Development

  • Industry-aligned research and teaching


A Stewardship Committee will select pre-proposals that address priority issues and have potential to become successful projects/programs with long-term viability.

Key elements of a successful pre-proposal include:

  • Alignment with priorities. As noted in the call for pre-proposals, International; Ohio's 88 Counties; Central Ohio; and Industry Research and Development priorities are identified. The alignment of the pre-proposal to these priorities is a factor in successful pre-proposals.
  • Evidence of community partnerships. Strong pre-proposals should provide evidence of engaged partners. Partnerships should include community partners who would be essential to the success of the program through their involvement in development and implementation of the proposal. Partnerships may also include relationships with university colleagues. Cost share is an extremely strong indicator of invested partners.
  • Impacts of the proposed program on the community AND on research, teaching and/or service. Pre-proposals should clearly describe potential short-term and long-term impacts on the community and research, teaching, service and scholarship outcomes – including how these will be measured.
  • Financial sustainability. Pre-proposals should include a vision and/or growth plan for long-term financial viability of the program beyond the Connect and Collaborate Grants Program funding. Considerations should include: how the program will be grown (including an exit strategy if relevant), financial support for the program, and how the program can transition effectively after the Connect and Collaborate funding ends.

Selected pre-proposals will be developed into full proposals over a six-week period 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 proposal n is a required activity for all selected pre-proposals. Applicants will need to set aside sufficient staff time for full proposal completion.

Stewardship Committee members will invest in the project with funding, pending full-proposal approval.

Description of grants process

For assistance with any requirement of this solicitation, please contact Mark McCann at

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

  • Columbus Foundation
  • Greater Columbus Arts Council
  • United Way of Central Ohio
  • Corporate Engagement Office
  • 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