Innovation & Economic Prosperity University awards go to APLU member universities that demonstrate excellence and leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and initiatives that contribute to regional economic development and engagement. Institutions are only eligible to apply for IEP Awards once they have earned the IEP University designation. IEP Awards are facilitated by APLU's Commission on Economic and Community Engagement.
Awards are given in the following categories:
- the “Talent” award honors an institution with exemplary initiatives in education and workforce development;
- the “Innovation” award honors an institution demonstrating outstanding work in technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and business development;
- the “Place” award recognizes a university that is excelling in community, social, and cultural development work; and
- the “Economic Engagement Connections” award - the top-prize in the competition - recognizes an institution that is making strong, meaningful connections across talent, innovation and place. Connectivity across university efforts in these areas is critical to a strong, vibrant and successful economic engagement enterprise.