Global Engagement Opportunities

Global Innovation Exchange Logo "Global Innovation Exchange"

USAID’s Innovation Marketplace Competition is showcasing student innovators who are using science, technology, innovation and partnerships to tackle global challenges. Eligible participants must be under age 30 to compete, financial and mentorship support for projects will be awarded a the HESN TechCon in mid-November 2016. 

Apply online: Global Innovation Exchange Applications must be completed by May 31, 2016


Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS STI Forum)

A photo of human hands making a square with a field of wheat in the background. "Sustainable development goals (SDGS) A call to action for the forum o science, technology and innovation for the SDGS."

The Global Innovation Exchange (Exchange) is pleased to announce our partnership with the 1st Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) to be held at the United Nations in New York on June 6 and 7, 2016. A Call to Action for innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs and sustainability change agents worldwide has been issued to submit their innovations as workable solutions for sustainable development. The purpose of this Call to Action is to help to support solutions by creating networks and communities among people who are developing technological and scientific innovations, those who can support or scale up such innovations, and those who need such innovations in order to implement the SDGs. Innovations should be already delivering solutions to the SDGs, and are welcomed from diverse backgrounds, including women, youth, indigenous peoples, and open collaborative networks.

We encourage you to participate in the Call to Action and share this exciting opportunity with friends, family, and colleagues.

How to participate:

  1. Create an account
  2. Submit your innovation
  3. Spread the word! Help us find and feature the ingenuity from your country and around the world!

Innovations will be reviewed by a committee of 10 judges and several will be chosen to be highlighted at the STI Forum lunch reception on June 6. Each innovation will also be publicly featured in the Exchange, an online marketplace that connects innovators, funders and experts and democratizes access to the right resources at the right time.

Don't delay! The STI Forum Call to Action open call closes April 30th.

Logo to the Spartan Think TankSpartan Think Tank

Innovate, Inspire, Compete: Spartan Think Tank

Spartan Think Tank is a fun and interactive program to engage principal investigator-graduate student teams in patenting MSU’s innovative research. The program is designed for graduate students to represent each technology with the support of their PI in a business pitch style competition. Teams enter the competition by completing an invention disclosure form found on our website. All teams get an immediate prize for entering the competition, all technologies will be reviewed for patentability, and cash prizes of $1,000 are given to the best three presentations.

Spartan Think Tank is an excellent opportunity to advance research and build national and international recognition. Patents increase and diversify funding opportunities, and increase the success rate of grant applications such as SBIR, STTR, DARPA, and ARPA-E from the NIH, NSF, DOE, and DOD. Patents also open up funding opportunities within the MSU Innovation Center.

Please go to our website for more information:

GHIC Innovation Prize

Graphic for the GHIC 2016 Global Health & Innovation Conference on the Unite for Sight website

The Innovation Prize is a $10,000 and a $2,000 cash prize that is awarded to the two best social impact pitches that are presented at the 2016 Global Health & Innovation Conference. All conference registrants -- both students and professionals, and both non-profit and for-profit organizations -- are eligible to apply for the Innovation Prize. Early-stage pitches are eligible for the $2,000 cash award, and established-stage pitches are eligible for the $10,000 cash award. The Innovation Prize supports outstanding ideas, programs, and organizations which are locally-developed and locally-responsible.

Application Instructions: Applications are accepted on a rolling application basis, which means that the first qualified applicants will be accepted for the Social Impact Lab sessions and for the semi-finalist round. We urge you to apply as soon as possible, as the available spaces are expected to become filled early. Complete details about applying can be seen at Apply for Innovation Prize.

U.S. Aid - Development Innovation Ventures

Development Innovation Ventures

Apply for the Lab's Development Innovation Ventures (DIV). DIV looks for compelling new development solutions in a year-round competition, rigorously tests them, and helps scale those that are proven successful to reach millions of beneficiaries around the world.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants for Dire Needs Overseas

Photo of Laura Bailey (2014) speaking to some residents of Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaThe purpose of the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grant for Dire Needs Overseas Undergraduate is to identify and fund the most outstanding projects which will serve dire human needs in countries other than the U.S. The grants must be used within a 12-month period to make an impact that will help alleviate dire human needs. The amount awarded depends on available funds and project scope. Typical grant funding is $1,200 for a Level I award and $1,800 for a Level II award. The application deadline is February 25.

For more information visit the website