The Design for Innovation program enables all eligible faculty and researchers at Princeton, regardless of discipline, to have direct, real-world impact beyond the academy.

The program offers up to $50K to selected projects that translate scholarly advances to real-world impact. Program personnel will support participants in every aspect of this translation: aligning ideas to real-world problems, designing solutions, teams, partnerships, financing options, etc. The program takes a long view of impact and anticipates multi-year engagements for projects that demonstrate progress.

Mission and approach | Phase 1 grants


Regular Princeton faculty (senior lecturers; assistant, associate, full professors) may apply. Other faculty, and members of the University engaged in research may apply if their appointments are expected to run through Spring 2026. Those with shorter terms may only apply as co-proposers. Please contact the program directors if in doubt. The program encourages faculty from all disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering to apply.


  • September 5: Expression-of-interest submissions open
  • December 8: Expression-of-interest submissions close
  • February 9, 2024: Final proposals due
  • February 15 - March 15, 2024: Salons and Committee review
  • March 31, 2024: Grantees notified

How to apply

Review the Phase 1 grant details and guidelines and submit an expression-of-interest by December 8, 2023.


Manish Bhardwaj
Director of Design for Innovation Program in humanities and social sciences; co-founder and CEO of Innovators In Health
Nena Golubovic Headshot
Director of Design for Innovation Program in Sciences and Engineering