Student Innovation Fund
The purpose of the Student Innovation Fund is to reinforce student innovation, empower students to productively respond to student issues and foster feelings of ownership, involvement, and connection to the mission and community of Memorial University. The Deputy Provost (Students) and Associate Vice-President (Academic) Undergraduate Studies administers the fund.
Proposals for funding are submitted to the Student Innovation Fund committee which is composed of student and university representatives. This committee reviews proposals three times per year, as outlined below.
Applicants can apply for funding once per semester (fall, winter, spring/summer). Applicants may be called upon to participate in an annual showcase event which celebrates student activity supported through the fund, or may be asked to submit photos or a report of their funded activities.
Pilot Project – 1 year
Applications will be considered three times per year up to a maximum of one request per semester per student.
- Spring / Summer Application – June 15
- Fall Application – October 15
- Winter Application – February 15
- Applications can be submitted by full-time undergraduate students. Part-time undergraduate students may also apply but requests will be pro-rated.
- Applications will only be accepted from MUNSU ratified student groups. If a group is working toward ratification status, applications will be considered if accompanied by a supporting letter from MUNSU.
- Applications submitted from multiple student interest groups in any faculty/school, will be considered when submitted by the respective student society. i.e. Faculty of Medicine Student Society, History Society.
- Applications will be considered for travel up to six weeks.
- Individual student and group applications will be considered to a maximum allocation of $500.00 per semester.
Applications not eligible:
- Application is related to course requirements i.e. internship, rotation, clinical, group work in a course.
- Application is related to an event that is being facilitated by a faculty or department at Memorial.
- Application to support a third party organization.
Three criteria will be used to evaluate proposals: innovation, empowerment and student involvement. Proposals which best meet these criteria will receive funding, as resources allow.
Initiatives that are innovative may include:
- New programs.
- An innovative delivery of an existing program/service.
- An expanded or enriched program.
- An initiative that will enrich students’ experience.
Initiatives which encourage empowerment may include:
- Informational and educational initiatives related to student issues.
- Training programs which develop leadership capabilities or student awareness.
Initiatives which foster student involvement may include those that:
- Broaden student participation in the student life of the campus.
- Integrate academic areas with social and community activities.
- Mentor younger students through shared activities with more experienced students.
If you have questions or would like additional information please contact our office at 864-7594.
Application forms for submitting your proposals for funding are available by online submission. There are different forms for individual students and for student groups: please take care to choose and submit the appropriate form for your application or it may cause issues in processing.
If you are experiencing difficulties submitting your application or would like additional information please contact our office at 864-7594.
NOTE: This fund is not designed for Graduate Students or
to fund International Exchange Programs
All information requested by the Student Innovation Fund will be used solely for the administration and management of the program. All personal information collected by the Student Innovation Fund Committee is subject to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Memorial University Act (RSNL 1990 Chapter M-7) and is used for the purposes of academic administration, program planning and human resource management. Questions about this collection and use of personal information may be directed to Student Support and Crisis Management, University Center 3005