University of Chicago Big Ideas Generator

BIG is a 50 on Fire Finalist!

BIG is a 50 on Fire Finalist!

BIG is a finalist for Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire!  Check out the full list of nominees (and our spotlight in the Education category) here.

BIG supports bold, early-stage ideas at UChicago through rapid funding (up to $100K) and long-term support (up to 2 years) to manage the risks of growth for the nascent research projects. During the academic year 2014-2015, BIG has given over $1M to thirty basic research projects.

Recognizing inventors, disrupters, luminaries and newsmakers, Chicago Inno's 50 on Fire celebrates visionary individuals and companies across Chicago’s top industries.  Of the 150 nominees, the 50 winners will be announced in December 2015.


~ Upcoming Events ~

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.

Fall 2016 Workshops Funding Call

11 / 07   5:00 PM

This fall, BIG is offering funding for exploratory workshops

BIG is a Top 100 Finalist for the 2016 Innovation Awards!

10 / 06  12:00 AM

Vote for BIG in the 2016 Innovation Awards!

BIG in the news!

BIG is the Fall Issue of Medicine on the Midway

BIG is Funding Researchers' Moonshot Projects

11 / 16  12:00 AM

ChicagoInno talks to BIG about our experiment in early-stage science funding

BIG Fall Funding

11 / 16   5:00 PM

This fall, BIG will be offering three exciting funding opportunities!

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.

BIG Winners Announced: Winter 2015

The Big Ideas Generator (BIG) announces a new cohort of Seed and Vision winners!

BIG and Arete make front page news

BIG and Arete have made the front page at UChicago News!