JU has launched ‘Climate Innovation Challenge;’ a grant competition for students, faculty and staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jacksonville University has launched a “Climate Innovation Challenge” with “seed funding” that will range from $1,500 to $10,000. Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh spent an afternoon on the JU campus just after the university announced the proposal deadline has been extended to September 15th.


“During this “Shark Tank” style grant competition, students, faculty and staff, and members of the Northeast Florida community are invited to present their climate problem-solving or awareness proposals for the opportunity to win funding.

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This grant competition is interdisciplinary and welcomes participants from the arts, humanities, sciences, medical and health services, engineering, business, military offices, law, public policy, and government.

Proposals will be due on September 15th, 2023, and notification of acceptance will be sent on September 22, 2023. If you are chosen to move forward to the semi-finals, you will be invited to present to an expert panel in a public forum. We will welcome creative presentations including, but not limited to, innovative demos, PowerPoint presentations, mock-ups, and prototypes.

Prize money might be used, for example, but not limited to, developing a play, documentary, a needed research project, a legislative or regulatory proposal, an invention, a new business, civil education program, or a community project.”

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