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.