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Innovation and Sustainability Institute

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Innovation and Sustainability Institute

The Innovation and Sustainability Institute (ISI) program leverages the expertise of the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth in project development, innovative thinking, and start-up execution by working directly with faculty and their innovative ideas in a structured program.  The outcome goals of faculty participation include improved applications to philanthropic foundations and social innovation-focused funding sources, and greater application of business principles to community-focused and technology projects.

As ISI Fellows, faculty members receive key resources to develop, launch and sustain their innovations. Each faculty member has assembled a team including a community partner and in most cases, a graduate student. The yearlong program includes monthly symposia of workshops with content experts and one-on-one support through I-CCEW.

This program was piloted at OU-Tulsa during the 2013-2014 academic year. Nine OU-Tulsa faculty members, ISI Fellows, were selected for the first class across a broad range of backgrounds including community medicine, public health, telecommunications, and urban design. Check back for application information for future cohorts.