If you have a really intriguing and potentially field-changing idea, we want to help you find support for it. The current funding climate can make it difficult to take risks with untested ideas. Beyond seed funding, growing a project from its exploratory stage into a full research agenda requires long-term assistance. BIG provides comprehensive support and competitive seed funding for risky but promising ideas in basic research.
Big Ideas Generator (BIG) was created to provide systematic support for ambitious ideas. Our approach is to be both risk-tolerant and strategic, working to scale up the ideas with the biggest intellectual payoff. First, we provide flexible, rapid funding (up to $100K) to support potentially ground-breaking ideas through a competitive, rigorous review process that is overseen by BIG's Faculty Advisory Board. Then, BIG staff assists in developing a long-term growth plan for your project. From funding to collaborations to strategy, BIG assists faculty in exploring innovative research programs.
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Spring 2019 Funding Call
BIG is pleased to announce the Spring 2019 funding call! We welcome early-stage, ambitious research proposals in any field of scholarly inquiry at the University of Chicago.Learn More
Fall 2016 Workshops Funding Call
11 / 07 5:00 PM
This fall, BIG is offering funding for exploratory workshopsLearn More
BIG is a Top 100 Finalist for the 2016 Innovation Awards!
10 / 06 12:00 AM
Vote for BIG in the 2016 Innovation Awards!Learn More
BIG in the news!
BIG is the Fall Issue of Medicine on the MidwayLearn More
BIG is Funding Researchers' Moonshot Projects
11 / 16 12:00 AM
ChicagoInno talks to BIG about our experiment in early-stage science fundingLearn More
BIG Fall Funding
11 / 16 5:00 PM
This fall, BIG will be offering three exciting funding opportunities!Learn More
BIG is a 50 on Fire Finalist!
Vote for the BIG Ideas Generator!
Voting for the 2015 People's Choice Award is now live - click here and find us on page 10 under "Entrepreneurship"! As a Top 100 Finalist, BIG is in the running and eligible to receive this award, which is determined by popular vote. Voting ends on Friday, October 9th.Learn More
BIG Winners Announced: Winter 2015
The Big Ideas Generator (BIG) announces a new cohort of Seed and Vision winners!Learn More
BIG and Arete make front page news
BIG and Arete have made the front page at UChicago News!Learn More