APPLY NOW! Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2016 Innovation Fund

Launched at CGI University (CGI U) 2016, the CGI U Innovation Fund will source, support, and feature the most effective, high-impact student innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world. Working within the CGI U Commitment to Action model, Innovation Fund grants will provide students with critical seed funding to help launch and scale their early-stage projects.

The awarded funds will range from approximately $2,000 to $10,000. Accepted students receiving funding through the Innovation Fund will also be invited to attend the CGI U 2017 meeting.

There is a two-phase online application process for prospective Innovation Fund grantees. Phase one is the pre-application, which invites interested and eligible students to provide a personal statement, outline their Commitment to Action, and demonstrate a tangible need for early-stage seed funding.

The pre-application is followed by phase two, an invitation-only full application, which will select students to provide greater detail on their Commitments to Action, project budgets, and specific spending projections.


The Innovation Fund application is open to currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students with Commitments to Action that address one or more of CGI U’s five focus areas; both CGI U attendees and non-attendees are eligible for these awards. CGI U strongly prefers to fund direct costs associated with a student’s Commitment to Action.
The Innovation Fund will not award grants for:
  • Academic research without a tangible, action-focused component
  • Conference registration fees or travel costs
  • Internships
  • Personal stipends
  • Scholarships
  • Staff salaries

All applicants must be above the age of 18 and actively enrolled in an institution of higher education to be considered for funding.

You will not be able to save your application and return to it at a later point. Once you submit your application, you will receive an email to confirm that your application was submitted successfully.
Pre-applications must be submitted by Monday, June 27, 2016.


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