Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Innovation Fund 2016

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Innovation Fund 2016

Deadline: June 27, 2016

Applications are now been accepted for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Innovation Funds. CGI U Innovation Fund will source, support, and feature the most effective, high-impact student innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world.

Working within the CGI U Commitment to Action model, Innovation Fund grants will provide students with critical seed funding to help launch and scale their early-stage projects.

Eligibility Requirements


All applicants must be above the age of 18 and actively enrolled in an institution of higher education to be considered for funding.


  • Projects must exhibit the three basic standards of any commitment: new, specific, and measurable.
  • CGI U will also look for projects that demonstrate innovation, scalability, and a strong capacity for partnership.
  • CGI U will not fund: dissertations, internships, staff salaries, personal stipends, or research without a tangible, action-focused component.


The awarded funds will range from approximately $2,000 to $10,000. Accepted students receiving funding through the Innovation Fund will also be invited to attend the CGI U 2017 meeting.

How to Apply

The Innovation Fund has a two-phase application process. The pre-application allows interested and eligible students to provide a personal statement, outline their Commitments to Action, and demonstrate a tangible need for early-stage seed funding. Only pre-applicants chosen by the selection committee will be asked to submit an invitation-only full application later in the summer, which will invite select students to provide greater detail on their projects. Please ensure that your project meets all eligibility criteria before submitting a pre-application.

For more information, visit CGI University Innovation Fund