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A painting in progress, of a person and animal in a boat

Mural in development at the Price Faculty of Engineering, by artist Mike Valcourt. This project was supported by the 2023-2024 Strategic Initiatives Support Fund.

Building MomentUM

Applications open for the Strategic Initiatives Support Fund 2024-2025

April 23, 2024 — 

Do you have an idea for a focused project with a big impact? Consider submitting an application to the Strategic Initiatives Support Fund (SISF)!

Earlier this month, UM launched its new strategic plan, MomentUM: Leading Change Together. While work on the implementation of the plan is just beginning, we want to maintain the momentum by offering dedicated funds to support our community’s creative ideas and initiatives.

UM’s proposed 2024-2025 operating budget, being presented to the Board of Governors for approval in May 2024, includes a pool of funds set aside for one-time, short-term projects that support our strategic priorities.

The Strategic Initiatives Support Fund is open to staff and faculty interested in implementing projects that will advance our strategic goals in creating knowledge that matters, empowering learners and reimagining engagement. Projects will also be informed by our fundamental commitments to fostering a vibrant community, advancing Reconciliation for transformative change and building a sustainable future.


What types of projects will the SISF support?

The Fund will support projects costing between $10,000 and $100,000 and that can be completed by March 31, 2025.

Examples of projects that support strategic goals could include those that:

  • Expand ways in which students can participate in research, scholarly and creative activities.
  • Create connections across units that break down silos and identify shared opportunities.
  • Enhance UM’s impact locally and globally by increasing access to our community of experts.
  • Review and redesign curriculum, courses or student supports to meet the changing needs of learners.
  • Expand new learning opportunities, such as digital, land-based, community, workplace, classroom and co-curricular activities.
  • Provide new tools and supports for faculty and staff members to be successful in their work.
  • Support community-building to foster a university culture of well-being and belonging.
  • Advance equity, diversity and inclusion in community-life.
  • Centre Reconciliation in institutional policies and practices.
  • Further institutional sustainability and climate action initiatives.
  • Strengthen relationships with community partners, on and off our campuses.


How to apply?

Please visit the Strategic Initiatives Support Fund intranet page for information on proposal requirements, funding parameters, and approval processes and to access the proposal template form.

Applications are due to the Office of the Provost by Monday, May 13, 2024.


Learn about projects funded by last year’s Strategic Initiative Support Fund:

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