Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the purpose of the Big Ideas?

UC Davis' Big Ideas process offers the opportunity to source visionary ideas from faculty, staff and students that might not otherwise be considered as we prepare for the next comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Who can submit an idea?

We welcome ideas from UC Davis faculty, staff and students.

How do I submit a Big Idea?

The submission period opens on October 1, 2018 and closes on November 15, 2018. An online application form will be available on this website at that time.

Do I need approval from my dean and/or department chair before submitting my idea?

No, but you are strongly encouraged to seek the support of your dean and/or department chair before submitting an idea.

What is the protocol for resubmissions?

Resubmissions are allowed, but you must show how the idea has evolved, and it must align with the identified topic areas.

What are the identified topic areas?

We are seaking proposals in the following areas: student experience; arts and humanities; innovation and entrepreneurship; environmental and planetary health; and equity, inclusion and social justice.

Is this a grant opportunity?

No. UC Davis Big Ideas is a way for the university to source visionary ideas and identify fundraising campaign priorities. UC Davis aims to partner with donors and the community to help advance the university by seeking private funding support for the Big Ideas.

Does submitting my Big Idea guarantee it idea will be funded?

No. There is no guarantee that ideas will receive funding, even if selected as a final campaign idea. However, selected ideas will be featured in front of key university donor audiences and dedicated development officers will promote these ideas in donor conversations. Development and Alumni Relations will also provide hands-on support to the selected ideas in the areas of marketing, communications, budget creation, presentations, etc.

What is the deadline to submit a Big Idea?

The submission deadline is November 15, 2018.

Can I submit more than one Big Idea?

Yes, you can submit more than one Big Idea.