JMU faculty may apply for teaching and research grants to leverage work related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Faculty can request grants to fund guests and special events for entrepreneurs in your disciplines. Information about entrepreneurship associations and conferences are available from the Center. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


The Center for Entrepreneurship encourages the application of entrepreneurship in teaching and research across disciplines as JMU fosters an ecosystem for creativitiy, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The Center for Entrepreneurship will award 2-4 grants of up to $3,000 each academic year to support participation in a conference with a strong entrepreneurship focus within a field of study. 

Faculty Eligibility & Deadlines

The program is open to full-time faculty of any discipline. Only one grant will be awarded to any given faculty member within a two-year period.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Please provide the following information:

  • Faculty Name
  • Department/College
  • AUH/Dean
  • Endorsement from an academic unit head or dean
  • Purpose for Attending
  • Conference Details: 
    • Conference name, date, location, extent of stay
    • Participatory role in the conference
    • Estimated travel costs

Applications should be submitted via email to

Evaluation Criteria

Grant applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Advances entrepreneurship across disciplines. Enhances entrepreneurship teaching and research outcomes in a variety of disciplines. Supports the mission and goals of the Center for Entrepreneurship and JMU.


Recipients will be invited to present about their experiences at Center for Entrepreneurship events.

Any publication resulting from activity assisted by CFE grants should include the following statement: "This work was supported by the Center for Entrepreneurship, James Madison University."

If you have any questions or would like more information on faculty grants, please contact us at

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