Course & Program Grants

Funding Agency:
VentureWell (formerly National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA))

VentureWell Course & Program Grants (formerly called “Faculty Grants”) of up to $30,000 are awarded to faculty or staff at US higher education institutions to support curriculum that engages students in science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

Course & Program Grants may be used to strengthen existing curricular programs or to build new, inclusive courses and programs that engage student teams in developing and pursuing scalable solutions to real world needs through science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

Activities supported by Course & Program Grants should lead to effective courses and programs that are sustained by the institution, lead to the formation of student teams (ideally involved with the VentureWell E-Team Program), and expand opportunities for learning across science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship at the parent institution.

There is a limit of two proposals per institution per cycle. If more than two are received, only the two received earliest will be reviewed. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact as early as possible.

Deadline: May 18, 2023; Nov. 8, 2023 


Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • General (science- and technology-based) entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable technologies (new materials, clean tech, green energy and chemistry innovation)
  • Climate change solutions (technology to mitigate and/or adapt to climate change), especially technologies that support communities most impacted by climate change
  • Biomedical and healthcare innovation
  • Technologies that address poverty alleviation and basic human needs

Eligibility Requirements

C&P grants are awarded to colleges and universities that are:

  • US-based. We do not accept proposals from international universities at this time, but international partners are allowed. Proposals may also include non-member partners from education, nonprofits, industry, non-governmental organizations, governments, and/or the investment community, etc. Note: If the program focus is outside the campus community or outside the US, a local partner must be identified.
  • VentureWell members. Membership in VentureWell’s network of higher-education institutions is currently available at no cost. If you are unsure whether your institution has an active membership, check your status in our Membership Directory. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact




Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 8, 2023