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Innovation Prize

A call for innovative solutions that increase adult higher education attainment

The Lumina Innovation Prize, now in its third year, seeks to encourage innovative organizations whose ideas can be scaled to meet Lumina’s nationwide goals. Innovative ideas can have great viral potential and a great capacity to reach people where they are. Lumina hopes to attract great ideas and connect finalists into the many successful and long-lasting partnerships within the nonprofit and investment sectors that Lumina Foundation has built.

This year the challenge is focused on surfacing innovative ideas to support adults with no or little post-high school education in attaining a high quality, job-furthering degree or credential. Lumina is looking to solutions that are sustainable and scalable across the United States and that address one or more of the following priorities and target populations. Learn more here.

2018 Innovation Challenge

Submissions are due Mar. 2. Apply now at:


2018 Promotional Toolkit

Challenge title Date posted Challenge status
2018 Lumina Foundation Innovation Prize 01/05/2018 Accepting Applications 1/8 - 3/2
Viridis Learning Challenge: New Approaches to Improve Employment Outcomes from Career and Technical Education 03/10/17 Awarded
LIFTed Prize 2017 – Innovation in Postsecondary Learning 02/06/17 Awarded

See archived challenge from previous years.