Innovation Grant Program

Program Purpose

The Department of Higher Education (DHE) will utilize the Ohio Higher Education Innovation Grant program to promote educational excellence and economic efficiency throughout the state in order to stabilize or reduce student tuition rates at institutions of higher education.  Successful awardees will design collaborative, innovative projects that support academic achievement and economic efficiencies. Projects focused on (a) consolidating services (i.e. administration redesign, program sharing) and/or (b) competency-based education are preferred.

Eligible institutions include state institutions of higher education, as defined within the Ohio Revised Code in Section 3345.011, and private nonprofit institutions of higher educations:

  • “State university" means a public institution of higher education which is a body politic and corporate. Each of the following institutions of higher education shall be recognized as a state university: university of Akron, Bowling Green state university, Central state university, university of Cincinnati, Cleveland state university, Kent state university, Miami university, Ohio university, Ohio state university, Shawnee state university, university of Toledo, Wright state university, and Youngstown state university.
  • “State institution of higher education” means any state university or college as defined in division (A)(1) of section 3345.12 of the Revised Code, community college, state community college, university branch established under Chapter 3355. of the Revised Code, or technical college.
  • “Private nonprofit institutions of higher education” means a nonprofit institution in this state that has a certificate of authorization under Chapter 1713. of the Revised Code.

State institutions of higher education and private nonprofit institutions may collaborate with other institutions of higher education, either public or private, on Innovation Grant projects.

The Request for Proposals provides additional details on the requirements and process an institution needs to follow to be considered for funding. Submissions are due by January 20, 2017 at noon.


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If you need additional assistance, contact John Magill, Assistant Deputy Chancellor Economic Advancement, at 614‐752‐9530 or