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Applied Innovation seeks, creates, and applies innovations focused on improving the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities we serve by expanding access to educational and economic opportunity. In contrast, other private, academic, and nonprofit innovators may be motivated by basic discovery, publication, and commercial success. Our Office emphasizes and prioritizes applications for social good.
Innovation may involve truly new ideas. It may also (and often does) involve applying existing ideas, technologies, science, policies, and practices in new contexts and towards solving problems for which the innovation wasn’t previously intended.
Our projects are designed to address real community needs, often through mutually beneficial partnerships within and beyond ASU. In each project, we ask ourselves: Who might we learn from and collaborate with? Who will benefit and how? How might we partner to ensure our innovations advance our shared values of equity, inclusion, and equal opportunity in education, housing, careers and economic conditions?