Collaborate JU Project Grants

Sponsored by the EPIC Program


Jacksonville University

FY 2020 Request for Proposals - Round 2

Application Deadline: Monday, October 14, 2019, 5:00 P.M.
Earliest Project Start Date: Monday, January 6, 2020
Funds Must Be Used By:  Friday, May 29, 2020

Background: Collaborate JU (C-JU) is a competitive internal grant program made possible by an annual appropriation from the Florida Department of Education; it is one component of a larger JU initiative known as EPIC (Entrepreneurism, Policy, Innovation, and Commerce). The goal of EPIC is to develop and retain the next generation of skilled workers as a means of growing Florida’s state-wide economy. This will be accomplished through the following objectives:

  • Ensuring JU’s academic programs closely align with Florida’s future workforce needs;
  • Bridging the gap between higher education and industry by engaging employers in the learning process;
  • Delivering high quality training that is responsive to and reflective of the high-demand skills and competencies expected by Florida’s employers.

 The goal of the C-JU program grants is to engage interdisciplinary teams from the JU community in real-world learning experiences so our students develop the skills and competencies needed to enter the Florida workforce or pursue advanced training.

This will be accomplished through the following C-JU objectives:

  1. Fostering and supporting interdisciplinary project-based learning projects.
  2. Providing opportunities for students to practice leadership development, presentation, project management and critical thinking skills and develop greater appreciation for diverse perspectives.
  3. Broadening the scope of learning beyond the JU campus through external partnerships with government, industry and non-profit partners so students have greater opportunities to engage in field-based learning experiences to solve real-world issues and challenges.

C-JU Activities: Teams of faculty and students will collaborate on projects that accomplish the three C-JU objectives identified above.  Teams will consist of a minimum of two disciplines, with at least one discipline representing any of the EPIC priorities: Aviation, Business, Engineering, Global Trade, Healthcare Sciences, Mathematics, Public Policy, Science, Sustainability, and Technology.

Eligible C-JU projects must include:

  • A minimum of two Jacksonville University faculty members, each representing different disciplines. Both applicants must hold JU faculty status but do not have to be tenured/tenure track. Adjuncts are ineligible to apply as lead faculty but may participate in the project.
  • An assurance that a minimum of two students from each discipline will be working on the project (four students total).  Names of students are not required for the proposal but will be necessary before any funds are released. Students are required to present project updates/findings at the JU Student Symposium in Spring 2020. 

 Faculty Expectations:

  1. Faculty must be actively engaged in the research project, providing guidance and oversight to the students for all activities.   C-JU grants are designed to support projects that empower our students and engage them as active contributors in real-world problem solving as they learn under close faculty mentorship. 
  2. Faculty teams must submit quarterly reports via Blackboard on their C-JU projects, as well as photos of students engaged in project activities.

Application Materials

RFP for Spring 2020 Projects

C-JU Application Form

Excel Budget Template

Sample Timeline

C-JU Dates

Proposals are due Monday, October 14, 2019 for projects beginning

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.