Grant Proposal Development for Research in Entrepreneurship Education


April 11, 2014
Due: July 31, 2014


The Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce invites applications from UTEP faculty for funding to develop grant proposals for submission to external funders that further the Center's research program in entrepreneurship education. The research should address the effectiveness of college education in innovation and entrepreneurship. The Center is particularly interested in development of proposals for empirical studies of the effectiveness of entrepreneurial approaches to education (i.e., fostering and leveraging entrepreneurial approaches to learning across academic disciplines). Preference will be given to proposals that include faculty from both the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering.


The Loya Center, funded by generous contributions from UTEP alumnus Mike Loya, sponsors, conducts, and promotes three main avenues of research: research in innovation and commerce, research for commercialization of innovation, and research in entrepreneurship education. This solicitation concerns the Center's initiatives for research in entrepreneurship education.


As part of the Center's mission to conduct research in entrepreneurship education, the Center catalyzes externally funded research grants in areas such as:



The Center seeks proposals to develop and submit grant proposals related to these and similar topics. The Center expects to provide up to two awards of up to $5,000 each for development of grant proposals to be submitted during the 2014-2015 academic year. Funds may be used for support of faculty or student effort and for other necessary expenses. We strongly encourage potential applicants to discuss their proposal with one of the Center's co-directors, David Novick (novick@utep.edu) or Gary Frankwick (glfrankwick@utep.edu), before submitting a proposal. Preference will be given to proposals that include faculty from both the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering. Potential applicants wanting help in identifying partners in the other college should contact the Center's co-directors.


Faculty applicants should submit a proposal (limited to five pages) along with their CV by July 31, 2014. Proposals should include:


  1. Target agency or foundation program, with proposal deadline
  2. Research goal(s) and objectives
  3. Brief review of relevant literature
  4. Proposed methodology
  5. Expected impact
  6. Timeline
  7. Budget Schedule


Funded projects will be expected to submit one or more proposals to external funders by July 31, 2014. Half of the amount awarded under this RFP will be provided at the time of the award, and half will be provided after the investigators submit their proposal(s) to the external agency or agencies.


For more information and to apply, please contact Aaron Cervantes, Coordinator, Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce, arcervantes@utep.edu, 915-745-6157.