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Penn Projects for Progress


As an institution dedicated to addressing society’s most intractable problems, Penn has established a new fund, intended to encourage students, staff, and faculty to design and implement pilot projects based on innovative research that will advance our aim of a more inclusive university and community, as defined as Penn and its neighbors. We seek to seed impactful projects, grounded in outstanding Penn research, that will offer new ideas to enhance the quality of life for members of our community now and in the future. Project proposals from diverse teams—broadly conceived—will receive priority consideration.

  • Project proposals are to be related to one or more of the following challenges:  
  • Eradicating or reducing systemic racism 
  • Achieving educational equity 
  • Reducing health disparities based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and/or social determinants of health 

Refer to our FAQ for details on eligibility and the application process. Each winning team will receive up to $100,000 to implement a proposed initiative. A selection committee will make recommendations to the President and Provost based on their judgement of a project’s potential to make an immediate and sustainable impact.

Deadline: 5PM EST on January 30, 2022. (Application goes live on January 17, 2022.)