Inclusive Innovation Impact (I3) Fund

The Inclusive Impact Innovation (I3) Fund, is intended to foster interdisciplinary collaborative projects that will spark innovative diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives that can be replicated across the global university system. These collaborations have the potential to showcase creativity and ingenuity that can occur by working across groups and disciplines.

Inspired by President Aoun’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan and findings from the 2021 Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey, the I3 Fund will serve as a mechanism to provide the Northeastern community with seed funding to catalyze innovative approaches to advancing our shared DEI vision.


The I3 Fund will be:

  • Awarded to several projects submitted by faculty, students and staff for a total of $150,000(US) annually.
  • A renewable fund
  • Awarded through an online application process.
  • Awarded during the spring


New dates will be released for spring 2024.

Review Criteria

Project submissions will be reviewed for whether they achieve the following:

  • Replicating the project across the global university system.
  • Fostering collaboration across disciplines, identities, locations and roles and reducing organizational silo’s.
  • Promoting belonging among and across groups.
  • Fulfilling Northeastern’s DEI strategic plan.
  • Serving as a model for inclusive excellence in higher education.
  • Advancing the spread of new knowledge in DEI.

Guidelines for Submission

The online proposal document limits submissions to 3 pages or less, and must include descriptions of the following for your project:

Section I: Project Description
  • Description overview
  • Goal
  • Perceived need for the project
Section II: How Project Will Achieve Inclusive Impact

Description of how your proposal will impact inclusion and the experience of belonging in the Northeastern global university system

Section III: Budget
  • Proposed budget
  • Budget justification
Section IV: Timeframe and Metrics
  • Timeline
  • Metrics / measurement for success of the project
Section V: Results

What the final deliverable(s) will be.

How to Submit an Application

Submission will be via an online form. The link will be available when applications open.

If there are any technical issues with your online submission, you may email your proposal to instead of submitting through Qualtrics.


  1. What is the application deadline?

The application deadline for spring 2024 is yet to be released.

2. When will the award recipients be notified?

This is yet to be decided.

3. How many people can apply from the same team?

There is no limit to the number of applicants.

4. Are there page limits on submission?

There is a limit of 3 pages for proposal documents.

5. Are we limited on the supplementary materials we can submit, such as appendices?


6. How many projects will be funded?

Three to five projects will be funded.

7. What are grant-allowable expenses?

Expenses that directly promote and advance belonging within the 4 pillars identified in the 2021 climate survey:

  1. Culture, Climate and Community
  2. Representation, Identity, and Voice
  3. Equity & Accountability
  4. Infrastructure and Investment

8. Are there sub-awards?

Not at this time.

9. What is the length of the award?

18 months.

10. What is the size of the grant(s) to be awarded?

This will be determined by the proposal(s) submitted. Note that the total pool is $150,000(US) annually.

11. Are there formatting requirements?

We recommend using any of the following fonts: Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman, and fonts between 10-12 points.

12. Who can apply?

Current Northeastern faculty, staff and students. Please note that students who will graduate during the 18 month award period may be part of the submission team, but may not submit as an individual or primary contact.

13. If I have questions, whom should I contact?

Send an email to

14. Who is the sponsoring organization?

Office of the Provost, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Northeastern University.

15. What are the criteria for review of submissions?

Criteria include:

  1. Replicating across the global university system.
  2. Fostering collaboration across disciplines, identities, locations and roles, and reducing organizational silo’s.
  3. Promoting belonging among all groups.
  4. Fulfilling Northeastern’s DEI strategic plan.
  5. Serving as a model for inclusive excellence in higher education.
  6. Advancing new knowledge in DEI.

Please note: This criteria is subject to change for future funding cycles.

16. Can an NU person can apply for I3 with non-NU participants on application?

No. The purpose of this effort is to facilitate belonging at Northeastern through collaborative engagement within Northeastern.

17. How to apply?

The application for funding may be will be posted once available. You will be directed to MyNEU, for Single sign-on (SSO) in order to access the form.