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Colleges and universities that are members of NetVUE are already committed to campus activities that encourage vocational exploration by students. These institutions are making significant investments of their own resources to develop and sustain vocational exploration initiatives. In order to support NetVUE member campuses in their work, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided funding to CIC to be used for NetVUE Program Development Grants. Many NetVUE campus leaders have observed that grants for program development at even modest levels would enable their institutions to strengthen and expand existing programs significantly.

This initiative is being administered by CIC with generous support from Lilly Endowment Inc.

Current Status

NetVUE Program Development Grants may be requested in amounts ranging from $40,000 to $60,000 for use over two years to deepen, expand, or otherwise strengthen programs that are already underway and supported by the institution itself. Funds may be used for a range of purposes, but not to substitute for faculty and staff costs that the institution is presently providing for its vocational exploration activities. Capital expenditures, equipment purchases, and indirect or overhead costs are not eligible for grant support; these expenses are to be covered by the institution. Rather, grants should be used to offset one-time costs of program development and implementation. While new personnel lines are not eligible for grant support, proposals may include partial buyouts of faculty and staff time for initiation of new programs.

In January 2013, awards were given to 33 NetVUE campuses. View summaries of the 2013 program initiatives.

In January 2014, an additional 32 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of the 2014 program initiatives.

In May 2015, an additional 22 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of the 2015 program initiatives.

In May 2016, an additional 19 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of the 2016 program initiatives.

In May 2017, an additional 18 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of the 2017 program initiatives.

In May 2019, an additional 25 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of the 2019 program initiatives.

In May 2020, an additional nine NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of the 2020 program initiatives.

In May 2021, an additional 20 NetVUE campuses received awards. PDFView summaries of the 2021 program initiatives.

In May 2022, an additional 12 NetVUE campuses received awards. View summaries of the 2022 program initiatives.

In May 2023, an additional 18 NetVUE campuses will receive awards.  View summaries of the 2023 program initiatives.


Grants will be awarded based on proposals that explain (a) the purpose and goals of the proposed activities and their relationship to the ongoing vocational exploration program of the institution; (b) the extent of institutional support for vocational exploration efforts to date; (c) the proposed enhancements to existing programs, including specific goals for these efforts; and (d) the ways in which NetVUE-supported initiatives would be sustained by the institution after the grant period.

Eligible NetVUE institutions may submit only one proposal for a Program Development Grant during the current round. To submit an application, please refer to the invitation and online application form:

Applications for the current round of Program Development Grants are due by September 15, 2023.


NetVUE member colleges and universities that meet both of the criteria noted below are eligible to apply for funding:
  1. They do not hold a NetVUE Vocation across the Academy Grant or NetVUE Professional Development Award at the time of application;
  2. If they previously held a NetVUE Program Development Grant, it must have concluded no later than June 2021.
This is the eleventh round of selection for NetVUE Program Development Grants. In the first ten rounds, CIC awarded nearly 200 grants to NetVUE members. Up to 20 awards will be made in this round. The application deadline is September 15, 2023. Decisions will be announced in December 2023. Funds will be disbursed in two equal payments: the first half by May 1, 2024, and the second half by May 1, 2025 (following the approval of an interim report). Spending must be completed by April 30, 2026.

Contact Information

Questions about this initiative can be addressed to Carter Aikin, NetVUE grant director, at or (217) 854-5619.