Catalyst Innovation Program

Group working together

MSU is improving the digital learning experience for students. Incorporating digital strategies to support pedagogy can enhance students’ learning experiences and offer efficiencies in assessment and analysis. Many digital learning innovations impacting institutional initiatives at scale often start small. Innovations may spring from novel pedagogical approaches in individual courses, as collaborative experiments across disciplines, or the result of student feedback and needs analysis. We recognize the value of providing support and resources to change the student experience for the better. The Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation is committed to facilitating new ideas.


The Catalyst Innovation Program seeks to fund creative and innovative uses of tools, technology, and pedagogical approaches up to $10,000 for the purposes of allowing experimentation in spaces with the potential to enhance student learning experiences on a digitally-immersed, global campus.

Please note that these funds are intended to fund software, technology, and/or services but are not able to support salary lines. Proposals will be based on the MSU Learning Design Strategy. We are especially interested in proposals that include one or more of the following criteria:

  • Learning
  • Inclusivity and Accessibility
  • Feedback and Adaptivity

How to Join

Future proposals, submitted through Qualtrics, should plan to include a description of the innovation and idea, implementation approach, evaluation and assessment plan, and budget.

Catalyst Innovation Program Application

Important Dates:

  • Preparing for Catalyst - Information Session: April 5th, 2023
  • The Call for Proposals opens: April 7th, 2023
  • Proposals are due: 5:00 pm EST, April 21st, 2023
  • Awards will be announced: May 5th, 2023
  • Once awarded, funding is available through June 30, 2023.  Preference will be given towards projects that can spend award before the June 30th deadline.

Request a Consultation