Mission Innovation Grant

Supporting Novel Expressions of our Jesuit, Catholic Identity

2022 Mission Innovation Grant Winners Announced

The following five programs were selected by Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, for 2022 Mission Innovation Grants. Thank you to all those who applied and congratulations to our inaugural award recipients.

  • Restorative Justice Project

    Restorative justice provides a holistic and healing-centered approach to conflict resolution and repairing harm. Through this project, selected staff and faculty will be trained using the University of San Diego’s Center for Restorative Justice method and then begin implementing restorative justice practices on campus.

    Project leaders: Taunya Plater, Graduate School; Lucy Hancock, Global Engagement Office; Abbey Collins, VIP Center; Desiree Nownes, Student Formation; Becky Nickerson, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Jill Harman, EdD, College of Arts and Sciences; Ellie Rohr and Allison Taylor, Title IX; Julie Olson, Human Resources; and Yvonnda Summers, School of Law.



  • A Culturally Responsive Academic Climate Approach to Mistreatment in Medical Education

    Using prior data collection, this cultural climate initiative will assess the prevalence of sexual harassment in the School of Medicine environment and implement strategies to combat various forms of harassment, including gender-based microaggressions.

    Project leaders: Rachel Jones, School of Medicine (Phoenix); School of Medicine faculty Cassie Eno, PhD, Poonam Sharma, MBBS, Ronn Johnson, PhD, Jessica Seaman, EdD, Raya Raj, MD; and medical students McKayla Miller and Xinxin Wu.



  • Accompaniment on a Net Zero Pathway to Greater Mission Fidelity

    This project addresses the global climate crisis through experiential education for justice, academic service-learning, and reciprocal capacity-building community engagement whereby Creighton students, faculty, and staff will engage in decarbonization discernment and activities with the Verdis Group, Duchesne Academy, and CUES Catholic schools.

    Project leaders: Daniel DiLeo, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences; Ken Reed-Bouley and Kelly Tadeo-Orbik, Schlegel Center for Service and Justice; and student Erin Hebert.



  • The Quest for Meaning: Reconciling Science and Faith

    Through this project, the University will explore the reconciliation of science/reason and faith/religion through year-long student reading and discussion groups; an academic conference inaugurating a new partnership with the Kiewit Luminarium and featuring a nationally recognized speaker; and the insertion of “Ultimate Questions” courses into the Magis Core Curriculum.

    Project leaders: Gintaras Duda, PhD, David McPherson, PhD, and the Rev. Christopher Krall, SJ, PhD, College of Arts and Sciences.



  • Defining, Measuring, and Promoting Leadership for Public Purpose: Application of Creighton University’s Leadership Values and Behaviors Framework

    This project will apply the University’s Leadership Values and Behaviors Framework to develop an inclusive methodology to define and measure leadership for public purpose on our campuses, pilot the finalized protocol, and evaluate and leverage collected data to strengthen ongoing self-study and develop continuous improvement plans.

    Projects leaders: Venkata (Giri) Andukuri, MD, School of Medicine; Rick Davis, University Communications and Marketing; Julia Shin, EdD, OTR/L, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions; Ronald Fussell, EdD, College of Arts and Sciences; and Monica Chapeau and Jennifer Moss Breen Kuzelka, PhD, College of Professional and Continuing Education.


Creighton University President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, announced the creation of the University’s Mission Innovation Grants in August 2022, and the inaugural grant recipients were announced in November 2022.

This Presidential grant seeks to support projects that have already shown promise and, with the benefit of additional funding, could galvanize the work to extend, make more visible, or advance the mission of Creighton University.  Projects which contribute to one or more core value or are aligned with the University’s strategic implementation efforts are especially encouraged.

The Jesuit mission is a mission of reconciliation, working so that women and men can be reconciled with God, with themselves, with each other and with God's creation.


  • Grant requests of up to $20,000 are invited.


  • Core Mission (linked to the University’s education and capacity-building mission)
  • Global Learning Partnerships (to expand relationships or deepen existing partnerships)
  • Curricular Development (learning and/or formation opportunities that raise academic rigor and demonstrate how learners will be challenged to think, perform, and grow to a level that they were not previously)
  • Collaborative Research (sound methods designed to implement and evaluate impact)
  • Special Programs (contribute to institutionalized approaches of faculty/staff/student development)
  • Other (entrepreneurial projects with community impact)

Proposals shall not exceed 7 pages (exclusive of signatory page and references) and address the following requirements:

  • Title of the project / plan.
    The title should be descriptive of the proposal so readers can immediately have an idea of what the project pertains to.
  • Team members.
    The principal contact person must be officially affiliated with Creighton University in the role of faculty, staff or student. Include the name, affiliation (department, major), Net ID and role (faculty, staff or student) of additional team members contributing to the proposal.
  • Project summary. 
    Provide a brief overview statement (2-3 sentences) that will be utilized in promotional material including the final announcement of approved projects. It will be helpful to include answers to some or all of the following questions in this summary:
    • What concern, issue or problem is being addressed?
    • What are your goals and methods?
    • What activities will address your goals?
    • How will the project nurture global citizenship and reflect Creighton University’s mission?
    • Who will benefit: how many faculty, staff, students, etc.?        
  • Project description
    • Explanation of how the project fits the category of project identified and statement of aspects of the project that are particularly creative or offer innovative solutions
    • Statement of anticipated impacts of the project if funded/implemented
    • Recent and/or representative published research that informs this project
    • Goals/outcomes and plans for assessing the outcomes and/or evaluating the program’s effectiveness
    • Sustainability/institutionalization of project (beyond grant term)
    • Statement of how project meets evaluation criteria
      • Match to mission
      • Innovativeness / novelty
      • Implementability
      • Impact
    • Timeline (and milestones) for implementation and completion
    • Budget request
      • Breakdown and rationale
      • Identification of previous or current funding of the project (If innovation funds are needed to supplement existing funds and explanation should be included to demonstrate how the goals/impact of the project will be enhanced)
      • Identification of other grant funding requests currently under review
    • Supervisory approval/signatory page

Match to Mission:

  • Programs that clearly and pragmatically linked to mission – they support formation, discernment and reconciliation and are aligned with the University’s strategic implementation efforts.


  • Creative program proposals that heighten, enhance, or advance mission-centric initiatives (e.g., academic programming, research-based initiatives, service-related activities).

Successful Implementation:

  • Program proposal offers evidence of sufficient development (previous or current work) and faculty/staff/student expertise to ensure program outcomes/goals can be met effectively (preferably in one year).


  • Clearly articulated meaningful outcomes, measures and impacts beyond direct participants in the project (i.e., What impact do you hope to achieve through this program and how will you know if you’ve achieved those goals/impacts?). Proposals may also include plans for public dissemination of the program results and/or plans for continuation of the program.

Awardees must follow University purchasing, contracting and accounting policies and procedures for the use of grant funds. Funds may only be used for approved project costs and unused funds must be returned for reinvestment in future grant opportunities.

Grant funds may be used for:

  • Summer salary is allowable for activities outside of normal contracted responsibilities; compensation must be paid during the period when work is completed.  Only direct salary costs need to be included in the budget; it is not necessary to calculate the cost of benefits.
  • Stipend for graduate assistant or student workers
  • Program-specific materials, supplies, speakers/trainers.
  • Funding a part of a project that is dependent on other funding only if that other funding is confirmed.
  • Equipment essential for the project. Such equipment will be part of the Creighton University inventory.
  • Conferences / meetings that have a long-term impact (i.e. consensus documents, published proceedings)

Grant funds may not be used for:

  • Course release unless requested by School/College Dean
  • Monetary incentives (e.g., gift cards) to participate in the program or its evaluation.
  • Travel to explore feasibility of a faculty-led program away (FLPA).
  • Fund political activities / lobbying government representatives or agencies.
  • Association memberships.
  • Costs associated with non-approved travelers / participants
  • Galas, benefits or other fundraising events
  • Operating expenses for existing programs

Additional levels of review will be needed before approval of the project in the following circumstances:

  • Curricular innovation that involves new academic programs and/or requirements
  • Technology purchases or technology integration of processes.
  • Capital projects, refurbishing or remodeling a space that is essential for reaching program outcomes

An executive summary must be submitted 30 days after completion of the project/before receiving compensation/stipends.

Successful applicants will be expected to present the outcomes of their projects and may be invited to present their results during Mission Week or at a special event to be determined by the president.

The 2022 grant process has concluded. Check back later for more information on the 2023 application process.



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