Innovation Fund FAQs

When is the next application deadline?

The next application cycle will occur in Fall 2023 (application opens September 18 and closes October 6). If you have an idea you would like to discuss before then, please contact mindhandheart@mit.edu.

Who can apply?

The MindHandHeart Innovation Fund is open to all MIT students, staff, faculty, and post docs.

What types of activities might be funded?

The MindHandHeart Innovation Fund was created in the spirit of service to the MIT community. It will support new innovative projects, presentations, activities, events, or campaigns that promote the Chancellor’s Whole Student initiative. Applications will be reviewed by MindHandHeart staff as well as a committee represented by the Undergraduate Association, Graduate Student Council, Faculty, and Staff.

Can funds be used to support academic research?

No, funds cannot be used to support academic research as there are more appropriate funding resources that explicitly support academic research.   

Do you fund speaker fees?

Yes, MHH funds modest speaker fees to come to campus with a cap of $2,000 for a single event. This only applies to professional speakers, MHH does not fund honoraria speaking fees. 

How do I apply?

When the application cycle opens, simply answer the application questions and provide an itemized budget. To add a layer of protection against the various issues that can arise while working in a web browser, please prepare responses ahead of time and paste answers directly into the relevant fields.

Click to view the Innovation Fund application and evaluation criteria.

May I submit multiple applications in one funding cycle?

Submitting more than one application is strongly discouraged as efforts are better spent concentrating on one strong application. 

May I submit applications for multiple funding cycles?

If funding is granted for a project that project must be completed before submitting new project applications in future funding cycles.

Where can I learn more about existing services and resources on campus?

If you'd like to see how your idea might complement existing campus programs or services, or just to learn more about what else is available, please visit the MIT Resources page.

Is it possible to give to the MindHandHeart Innovation Fund?  

Absolutely, many members of our community have expressed interest in making such a contribution. Click here to be redirected to the Fund page.

Still have more questions? Attend one of our information sessions or contact us at mindhandheart@mit.edu.