Impact Goals RFP

IonE Impact Goals

We know our destination: a world in which people and the planet prosper together. We also know we won’t make it as far without a focused, ambitious roadmap. Introduced in IonE’s 2019–22 strategic plan and shaped collaboratively by our community, IonE Impact Goals lay the foundation for what we do here at the Institute on the Environment.

Impact Goals are ambitious objectives that we hope will inspire collective action from our community during a three to five year period. They are designed to focus attention on complex and pressing challenges – especially those where solutions have been slow to develop or have been prevented by a lack of knowledge or capable leaders. Our aim for Impact Goal projects and activities is that they will have global significance, but will be tested and deployed in Minnesota, the home of our University’s public service mission. The first round of Impact Goals include:

Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in Minnesota

Building a Carbon-Neutral Minnesota

Envisioning Future Sustainable Land Use in Minnesota

Impact Goals Request for Proposals

The Impact Goals RFP is now closed. Thank you to all who applied – and stay tuned!

Are you a member of a University of Minnesota or community team interested in working with us to achieve one or more of the Impact Goals? We invite you to respond to our Impact Goals RFP (deadline: March 6), which will award mid-sized seed grants to community-engaged scholarship efforts to advance these critical environmental initiatives. Community-engaged projects and teams working in Minnesota – or who have ideas that are ready to be put to the test in the bold North – are encouraged to apply. Questions? Here are our answers to some frequently asked questions.

Read the RFPFAQ DocumentApply Online

Impact Goals Partners

To accelerate meaningful progress on the Impact Goals, IonE is proud to partner with Extension’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP), which advance the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of Greater Minnesota through authentic community-University partnerships. RSDP’s unique strengths help to expand impactful scholarship and accelerate change in Minnesota and the world.

This ongoing RSDP-IonE partnership can be leveraged by UMN faculty and staff to help grow or build authentic connection(s) to Minnesota-based community partners. RSDP also currently has an open invitation for ideas from its partner communities that includes an Impact Goal orientation.

Do you have questions about IonE’s Impact Goals?

Contact Fred Rose, IonE Impact Goals Manager, at