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Call for Proposals


Shark Tank has become a big hit at our education conference. In years past, four to five finalists have been selected to present proposals to our panel of Education Scholarship Sharks, who then distributed $10,000 among the project(s). It's always possible that the best proposal might get it all, or it might be divided among projects!

This is a great opportunity to receive feedback from recognized educational experts, understand the kinds of things expert review panels consider, and get funding for a project.

For the 2019 - 2020 academic year, the IEE is also interested in work that promotes respect, teamwork and civility in the learning environment.

How Shark Tank Works:
Selected proposal presenters will have five minutes to make a presentation, with or without PowerPoint slides, describing:

  • Why is this important?
  • What do you plan to do?
  • How will you demonstrate that it works?
  • What is your budget?

After each presenter has answered pointed questions and worked with the sharks, a final proposal or proposals will emerge and be awarded the grant(s).

Shark Tank

Details of Submission:

The deadline for 2020 proposal submission is January 17th, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

If interested in presenting, please submit a proposal to with:

  • A cover page with the following information for primary and other investigators:
    • Name
    • Department
    • Division (if applicable)
    • Academic Rank
    • Email
  • A one paragraph (350 word limit) summary of the project

Should you have questions or need clarification please contact Dr. Joseph Cofrancesco Jr., Director of the IEE.

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