Social Innovation Fund Criteria
What is the social innovation fund?
The Social Innovation Fund is a partnership between the Offices of Research Affairs, Student Life, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Council of Provosts to promote, guide, and support student-driven ideas that address specific challenges in the local or national community and abroad. Funding is available for individual and group commitments that combine theoretical understanding, applied skills, and experiential learning as agents of change. Commitments are eligible for funding up to $3500.
What types of projects will receive funding?
Successful projects will develop scalable, sustainable, capacity-building solutions addressing local, national and global issues in the areas of education, environment and climate change, poverty alleviation, peace and human rights, and public health.
Funding will be based on the following criteria:
Creativity/novelty of idea
Potential efficacy/effectiveness of solution/business
Measurable outcome/local, national, global impact
Are there any restrictions on what funding can be used towards?
Funding will be provided to commitments meeting the criteria to assist in attaining commitment goals and providing a tangible, measurable outcome. The decision on the specific funding will be made by the Social Innovation Funding Committee. The Student Life Business Office (SLBO) will process payments and reimbursements based on awarded funding. Below is a list to help provide guidance.
For events/projects, students are permitted to use University funding for the following purposes:
Transportation from a 3rd party service or vendor (e.g., airline, train, bus, hired shuttle driver). No personal vehicles or rental cars.
Registration fees for conferences, tournaments, competitions or similar activities that are being coordinated by associations, educational institutions, or other 3rd party organizations.
BEFORE YOU CONTINUE, HERE IS A LIST OF ITEMS WE WILL NOT FUND
Alcohol or controlled substances
Stamps and postage
Parking permits and reserved spaces
Payment of fines, violations, or late fees
Purchase or rental of firearms
Raffle tickets and prizes
Gifts and giveaways
Services or labor provided by any UCSD student
Prizes and other items perceived as items for student's personal gain/use
Funds up to $4K
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