Excellence in Innovation

In This Section:

Awards & Grants:

The Award

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi established its Excellence in Innovation Award in 2014 to recognize colleges and universities for their achievements in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national, or global challenges, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of encouraging innovation in higher education.

The biennial award, valued at $100,000, is awarded to an institution that:

  • demonstrates best practice in implementing and assessing innovative programs or services, irrespective of resources needed;

  • uses innovative and substantive solutions to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes to improve the lives of others and create systemic large-scale change; and

  • has a sustained model program or service that both demonstrates transformative results and reflects the values of Phi Kappa Phi.


Application Process

The recipient of the award will be determined through a two-step online process:

– An institution will submit:
  1. An abstract or brief narrative describing how their project demonstrates innovation and has led to large-scale transformative change.
  2. A summary of the types of evidence documenting project impact that will be included if the institution is selected as a semifinalist and invited to submit a project portfolio.
  3. A copy of its most recent letter of accreditation.

Selection – Semifinalist institutions will submit a full project portfolio.


  • All regionally accredited baccalaureate or higher degree-granting four-year colleges or universities in the United States (or located outside the US that have an active chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi) are eligible to apply.

  • Only one submission per institution will be accepted.

  • Submission must include the signatures of the university president/chancellor and provost/chief academic officer.
Applications will open for the 2020 Excellence in Innovation Award in the fall of 2019.

2020 Timeline

  • September 2019: Application portal opens

  • December 2019: Deadline for submission

  • March 2020: Semifinalists invited to submit portfolios

  • April 2020: Finalists announced

  • May 2020: Recipient Announced

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