Impact Goals RFP

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IonE Impact Goals

With the launch of the 2024 Impact Goals RFP, we’re excited to announce the next evolution of this signature initiative of the Institute on the Environment. 

The objective of our Impact Goals initiative remains the same: catalyzing critical, collaborative projects – spanning research to education to storytelling – that result in measurable outcomes and meaningful advances in sustainability in Minnesota, our region, and the world.

2024 Impact Goals Request for Proposals

The Impact Goals Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through March 12, 2024. A statement of intent is due February 12. Final award selections will be made and announced by June 1, with the projects starting July 1, 2024.

We’re pleased to announce an expanded set of investment areas. Our initial Impact Goals, launched in late 2018, focused attention on drinking water; sustainable land use; and carbon neutrality as three domains for building momentum, funding team-based projects, and measuring our progress and impact.

With three rounds of Impact Goal grants completed – and some $2 million dispersed to 24 Impact Goals project teams since 2020 – we are prepared to expand our ambition. Beginning in 2024, IonE will catalyze environmental progress across 10 interconnected domains:

  • Adaptation
  • Mitigation
  • Biodiversity
  • Clean Energy
  • Water & Land
  • Food Systems
  • Planetary Health
  • Environmental Justice
  • Natural Capital
  • Decision Support

This expanded set of investment areas or domains will allow for a more dynamic, diversified portfolio of work – and better reflects the range and depth of expertise among University researchers, practitioners, and educators who are engaged in outcomes-driven, community-engaged work.

Our role as an interdisciplinary, University-based institute remains the same: to support and catalyze this critical outcomes-driven work; to evaluate, document, and scale its impact; and to steward our portfolio of investments toward the greatest possible impact for Minnesota, our region, and the world.

Please reach out to us at with any questions you may have about the 2024 RFP.

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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