Global Engagement Opportunities

Flyer for the Big Ideas contest, Mobiles for Reading, Global Health, Financial Inclusion, Food Systems, Scaling up Big IdeaBig Ideas Contest

This year, through a partnership between the MSU Global Center for Food Systems Innovation and the University of California Berkeley, MSU graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to win cash awards of up to $15,000 to develop innovative and high-impact projects aimed at solving important social challenges. In addition to the food systems category, MSU students can now enter in the mobiles for reading, global health, and financial inclusion categories.

Submissions are due by November 12, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. PST.

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Lemelson-MIT Student Prize flyer (PDF) - Apply Now - Student Inventors win up to $15K for Tech-based inventions - Cure it! Drive it! Eat it! Use it! Apply by October 13, 2015The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching for the most inventive students to apply for the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize. The competition is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students nationwide who have tested prototypes of tech-based inventions in four categories: food and agriculture, consumer devices, healthcare, and transportation.

Graduate student winners will receive $15K and winning undergraduate teams will win $10K. All winners will be rewarded with national media exposure and exposure to the investment and business communities, among other benefits.

Applications are open now through October 13, 2015.

Please contact Marlena Martinez Love, Awards Program Officer, at 617-258-5798 or should you wish to know more.

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

The purpose of the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants for Dire Needs Overseas is to identify and fund the most outstanding project, proposed by a member of the MSU Honors College, 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. Applications are due by February 25. If the 25th falls on the weekend, applications are due the following Monday.

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Click here to learn more about the Schoenl Family Undergraduate Grants selection criteria and application procedure. (PDF)