MEIN Award – 4th Edition

The Inter-American Prize for Educational Innovation in Higher Education

Online – September 19th and 20th, 2022

The Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) and George Mason University (GMU) have opened the call for the fourth edition of the Inter-American Award for Innovative Educational Models in Higher Education (MEIN-2022 Award) for the submission of cases or successful practices of educational innovation in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), featuring current experiences and results that demonstrate their impact.

The 4th edition of the MEIN Award will be held online, September 19-20, under the theme: “Sustainability, Scalability and Replicability in Higher Education Innovation”.


1.1 The competition is open to all Higher Education Institutions (HEI) that are members of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE). [1]

1.2 The experience of educational innovation must be in force at the time of applying for the competition.

1.3 The call will be carried out in two stages: the submission of abstracts (Stage 1), in which a shortlist of experiences or projects will be selected whose authors will be invited to submit the full proposal (Stage 2) and present it in front of the international selection panel.

1.4 The selection panel will select the three best experiences or projects presented. The Jury may also award honourable mentions to those experiences which, due to their quality and impact, it considers relevant to the objectives of the award.

1.5 All cases or experiences presented to the selection panel will be published electronically.

1.6 Participation in the 4th edition of the MEIN Award is free of registration fees for participating HEIs.


[1] To find out if your HEI is a member of IOHE, please consult the following link:



The experience or case must address one of the following topics related to the main theme of the MEIN Award 2022: Sustainability, Scalability and Replicability in Higher Education Innovation:



2.1   Sustainability (leadership, policy)

We are particularly interested in proposals that address topics such as:

  • Overcoming barriers that prevent institutions from getting involved in sustainable innovative development efforts.
  • Identifying policies that support sustainable educational innovation.
  • Strategies, at the individual and/or institutional level, to sustain innovative, research-based projects after the end of the initial funding period.


2.2   Scalability (infrastructure, investment, partnerships)

We are particularly interested in proposals that address topics such as:

  • Design considerations that allow for effective implementation when scaling up technology-based innovative educational projects
  • Creating partnerships and alliances that promote flexible and effective educational innovations
  • Funding and investment strategies appropriate for scalable educational projects
  • Impact of reward and recognition systems on driving scalable innovation


2.3   Replicability (design, content and ethical issues, impact)

We are particularly interested in proposals that address topics such as

  • Strategies that support the use of open educational resources (OERs), including studies on attitudes towards the creation and reuse of OERs
  • Ethical aspects of digital innovation and their relevance when attempting to replicate educational innovation in new contexts and/or at a large scale
  • Policies that promote educational innovation replicability at the unit, program, and institutional levels.
  • Designs that have included longitudinal impact data demonstrating success of replication.

3.1 Abstracts submitted for Stage 1 of the competition will be judged on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Applicability to the socio-educational context
  • Relevance of the experience
  • Impact or results achieved
  • Potential for scalability or transferability of the experience
  • Leadership and institutional commitment


3.2  Proposals selected for Stage 2 will receive guidelines for the submission and evaluation of the full proposal.



The proposal summary must be submitted via the following Online Form by 03 July 2022 at 23:59 Montreal, Canada time (UTC/GMT – 4 hours).


Activity Deadline
Submission of abstracts 3 July, 2022
Selection of abstracts (Stage 1) 29 July, 2022
Submission of full papers (Stage 2) 26 August, 2022
MEIN Award Competition 19-20 September, 2022
Publication of works 30 November, 2022

The MEIN Award is an initiative promoted by the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE) that seeks to promote knowledge, dissemination and exchange of innovative educational trends and practices implemented in HEIs across the continent. Since 2016, three MEIN Award editions have been held in the Dominican Republic (MEIN Award 2016), Colombia (MEIN Award 2018) and Mexico (MEIN Award 2020) which have engaged more than 116 IOHE member HEIs in 16 countries of the continent.

The fourth edition of the MEIN Award is co-organized with the Center for International Education (CIE) and the Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) at George Mason University. The Center for International Education undertakes research that addresses issues of social injustice and inequity worldwide by designing and implementing research and development projects in PK-University settings. Further, it supports educator’s capacity for teaching and learning by connecting international scholars, developing international mindedness and intercultural competence through our professional learning and affiliated degree programs. The Department of Modern and Classical Languages is at the center of the multilingual and global community that distinguishes George Mason University. From basic language offerings to undergraduate and graduate courses in linguistics, literature, and cultural studies, MCL’s integrated, technology-enhanced curriculum fuses students’ acquisition of linguistic proficiency with their development of cultural knowledge, critical thinking, and ethics.


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