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.

IonE’s 2019-2022 Impact Goals are designed to drive progress on sustainability challenges –  especially in areas where solutions either have been slow to develop or have been prevented. The inaugural, multi-year Impact Goal priorities include: building a carbon–neutral Minnesota; envisioning future sustainable land use for Minnesota; and ensuring clean drinking water for all Minnesotans. In 2021, the University made additional investments to help build a fully sustainable future, one of the MPACT25 MNtersection priority areas

Both of these initiatives seek to support projects and activities that have global significance, while also seeking to test and to deploy solutions in Minnesota, the home of our University’s public service mission. In 2022, IonE is directing its Impact Goal grant funds, philanthropic gifts from the Seeding The Future Foundation, and MNtersections “innovation” funding toward reaching sustainability outcomes.

2022 Impact Goals Cycle Has Been Awarded!

See here for a list of the 2022 Impact Goal awardees. Stay tuned for the 2023 RFP which is expected to open for applications in January 2023. You may review the 2022 RFP, FAQ, statement of intent, and proposal submission form at the buttons below.

Read the RFPFAQ DocumentStatement of Intent FormProposal Submission Form

Other Impact Goals Opportunities

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships: 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. This ongoing RSDP-IonE partnership can be leveraged by UMN faculty and staff to help grow or build authentic connection to Minnesota-based community partners. Currently, RSDP also has an open invitation for ideas from its partner communities that includes an Impact Goal orientation.

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