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Applying for Annual Faculty Awards

Information about the Imagine Fund Grant Program for the current 2021-22 academic year will be forthcoming. Please check the website for updates.

To apply

  • Please review all eligibility and application process information before proceeding.
  • First login to the site with your x500 and password. If you do not and proceed, the site will prompt you to log in.
  • Follow the application portal link from the home page, or go directly to the application portal page.
  • Click add an application, and choose an application you want to apply for from a dropdown button. Choose only one application.
  • Only when you chose to submit your application at the bottom of the application form will it be routed to the awards committee for review. Once submitted, you may make changes to your own application from the application portal page until the application period closes.
  • Please wait for a confirmation page to appear indicating that your proposal has been submitted. If required fields are missing, you will see a warning message at the top instead, and your proposal will not be saved until the form is successfully submitted. You will have to go back to you application form, click on the dropdown again, and fill out the missing required information.
  • Applicants will be notified of their award status in early February.

Tips for crafting a strong proposal

Crafting a strong proposal is a key step in winning an Imagine Fund Annual Award. The Imagine Fund Advisory Committee must review hundreds of proposals, most of which involve research outside each committee member’s area of expertise. Here are a few tips to help you craft a proposal so that it can be evaluated quickly, accurately, and fairly.

  1. Be sure to write for a non-specialist. Keep your application’s purpose clear and simple.
  2. Your budget matters. Be sure you have thought through all your budget items. The budget should be detailed and realistic. Include justification or rationale for any budget items where need is not self-evident. If including travel in your budget, be specific and use the University per diem rate.
  3. Do not include your name or links to sources that clearly identify you in the body of your proposal. (Titles of publications, however, are appropriate.)
  4. Be both innovative and consistent with the aims of the Imagine Fund. Keep in mind that the Imagine Fund supports arts, design, and the humanities. So, if your project relies on methods that are quantitative, ethnographic, or experimental, be sure to specify how the project furthers work in the arts, design, and humanities.
  5. Review the Example Proposals page to see examples of successful, well-crafted proposals.

Helpful hints

  • Given the length limitations for each question, it may help to prepare your answers in advance of visiting the application page. Your prepared responses may be copied and pasted into the application form. The application questions and length limits are listed on the Eligibility and Application Process.
  • Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the published deadline date.
  • For questions on awards policy, timelines, or application procedures, contact Erin Slattengren in the Provost's Office at slat0084@umn.edu.
  • For technical assistance or if you are having trouble with the web-based application, contact Charlot Meyer at meyer150@umn.edu.


Key Dates

Updated information about the Imagine Fund Grant program for the 2021-22 academic year will be posted in October 2021.
Please check the website for information in the coming months.