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Welcome to the President’s Research, Innovation, and Development toward Excellence Fund. The PRIDE Fund provides faculty with support for projects promoting research, scholarship, and creative activity at Lindenwood University.

This internal grant opportunity is a space to test new ideas, provide runway for pilot projects, develop new partnerships and experiences, and create pathways to innovation. This annual award funds projects on an application basis for projects implemented over the course of the academic year. The PRIDE Fund is particularly invested in supporting projects with:

  • Pilot projects leading to future funding, partnership, or ongoing development
  • Student-engaged and opportunities leading to sustainable student experiences and programming
  • Emphasis on community partnerships and regional issues
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration across the institution

Award Review

PRIDE Fund applications are evaluated by a panel of reviewers representative of Lindenwood University faculty and staff. Applicants should be aware that this grant funding is a competitive process with many applications expected in each annual cycle. Selection is based on relevance to award criteria as described throughout the application. A collegial attitude toward the peer review process and the findings of the review committee are integral to the success of this internal award process.

All awardees are subject to Lindenwood University policies and guidance for research, scholarship, and creative activity. The Office for Research & Compliance (ORC) will assist awardees with all considerations related to human subjects research, conflicts of interest, intellectual property, environmental health and safety, and related project-specific compliance.

Award Timelines

New timeline that will be used in FY25 and every year after is as follows:
Application Opens April 1
Application Deadline April 30
Committee Review May 13-15
Award Notification June 3
Funds Available July 1
Interim Report 1 November 3
Interim Report 2 March 3
Project Close June 15
Closure Report June 30

All funded projects must be completed by June 30 of the award year. Any unused funds at the end of the project timeline will be reallocated to the PRIDE Fund. Please refer to the FAQ for more information on Reporting requirements.


The PRIDE Fund application is accessible in Pivot, the online grant platform used by Lindenwood University. Applicants will need to register for Pivot to access the current call for proposals. All application elements are available through this Funding Announcement.

The PRIDE Fund rubric used by the reviewing committee is also available via the Funding Announcement to help guide application development. Please refer to the FAQ below for more detail on specific application elements.

Application and Award FAQ