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Collaborative Solutions Program

Purdue University leverages its 450+ faculty and 10,000+ students in the College of Engineering, and partners across campus including the $1 billion Discovery Park, to address barriers to global development. We are active in 10 countries, collaborating with our partners in sectors such as water & sanitation, healthcare, food security, energy, education, transportation, and disaster response.

The Shah Family Global Innovation Lab convenes and catalyzes partners, matching Purdue University’s world-class innovation capability with the most pressing development challenges in emerging markets. To do this, we depend on our global partners – business leaders, international organizations, and other institutions - to identify these challenges.

One of the Shah Family Global Innovation Lab's most important initiatives is an internal seed grant program, which enables our faculty, students, and staff to work with partners on technical innovations. For example, Purdue faculty members have partnered with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to transform their global emergency response supply chain, and to validate Nepali post-earthquake rebuilding practices. Seed grants typically last a year, supporting a portion of faculty time, a year of a graduate student effort, supplies, and travel. We have revised this model, based on an evolving understanding of the needs of our stakeholders – both from Purdue and external partners. We recently launched a call for Requests for Collaboration to proactively collect challenge opportunities on an ongoing basis, which align with the scope above. A subset of the request, now named the Collaborative Solutions Program, was widely advertised externally as an in-kind grant opportunity, and internally as a seed grant opportunity. The two modalities can be accessed below:

Calling Purdue Engineering Faculty and Student Teams
Submit a proposal for the 2019 Collaborative Solutions Program internal seed grants!

Request for Proposals Document can be found here.

Important Dates:
February 15, 2019: Deadline for submitting proposals via email to Margaret Hegwood (
March 15, 2019: Applicants notified about award status (i.e., declined, awarded with provisos, awarded)
March 29, 2019: Awards announced at I2D Exposition
With any questions or concerns, please contact BOTH Anne Dare, Interim Program Manager, and Margaret Hegwood, graduate assistant,


We look forward to partnering with your organization. To quote College of Engineering Dean Leah Jamieson, “…Innovation is what we do. Let’s work together to make the world a better place.”