Guide to Submitting Your Online Form: Innovators-in-Residence Application This is a guide to submitting your online application. Print it out for easy reference while you are preparing your answers. It lists the questions on the online form with word limits. For all other information, including Program Details and Selection Criteria, please see http://innovation.cfed.org/apps/innovativeideas/form2.php. Applying to Be an Innovator-in-Residence The application form should be completed and submitted online at http://innovation.cfed.org/apps/innovativeideas/form2.php. It may be helpful to prepare your answers to the application questions in a separate document (for example, in MS Word) and then cut and paste the text into the online form. Note the word number limits for each answer. Please do not format your text, as all formatting (such as bullets, tables, etc.) will be lost when text is pasted into the online form. Please review all of your information carefully before submitting your application. Once you hit submit, you can no longer make changes. Deadline To be considered, applications must be submitted through this website by 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific on Friday, April 3, 2009. Online Application Questions and Word Limits • Applicant contact information o Applicant name o Applicant address o Applicant e-mail address o Applicant phone number o Employer/affiliation current status (check one) full-time employee part-time employee entrepreneur/self-employed on or planning sabbatical other – explain in box below [50 words] Required if full-time employee, part-time employee or entrepreneur/self-employed box is checked: o Employer or affiliation organization name o Employer/affiliation address o Employer/affiliation title • Focus of Innovator-in-Residence Work Plan: within the broad arena of assets and opportunity, help us sort your application by checking any and all of the following categories that may apply: o manufactured housing o financial security and household savings o children and youth o older Americans or aging o communities of color o entrepreneurship and small business o education o homeownership or rental housing (other than manufactured housing) o health care o environment o other – explain in box below [50 words] • Project Summary: Briefly (in 50-100 words) describe the project to be pursued during the residency. (This is a summary description. The Innovation can be described more in the answers to follow.) • Description of Innovation: o How does your concept increase economic opportunities or promote financial security for low- and moderate-income individuals? What makes this concept innovative? [200 words] o What kind of outcomes and impact do you seek? What is the theory of change behind your innovation? In other words, how does this concept create the outcomes you desire? [300 words] o How many individuals could your innovation potentially reach? How? [100 words] o What is the current stage of development of your innovation? How has this concept been tested in the real world? [200 words] • Brief Overview of Proposed Work Plan: What are the primary activities you propose for the next one to two years to bring your innovation to a higher level of impact and/or scale? What are highlights of the timeline and key milestones? [250 words] • What is the benefit of "embedding" this innovation at CFED for one to two years, and how would you leverage CFED resources? [250 words] • What will the innovation "look like" at the end of the residency? [250 words] • To submit your application, you must Agree with the following statement: I am applying to be an Innovator-in-Residence. If I am selected, I understand that CFED will be providing valuable support, both financial and in-kind, and that an intellectual property agreement will be a part of the Innovator-in-Residence agreement. • All applicants are required to submit a current resume, totaling no more than 1MB. In addition, applicants may submit up to two relevant attachments, each totaling no more than 1MB, in support of their application. Each document MUST be under 1MB in file size or NO uploaded documents will be accepted. The attachments must be in WORD, EXCEL OR PDF format. • Online applications will be carefully reviewed and a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit additional information for further consideration. If you are not invited to submit additional information for consideration for the Innovators-in- Residence program, your concept will be considered for selection under our Innovative Ideas program. You will have an option to not have your application considered under Innovative Ideas. How to Get Help First, check the Frequently Asked Questions at http://innovation.cfed.org/faqs.php. If you have additional questions, please send them via e-mail to email@example.com. Questions and answers that may be applicable broadly will be shared (without attribution) via additions to the Frequently Asked Questions posted on the innovation@cfed website. If you need technical assistance with the online form, please contact Aaron Watts.
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