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Departmental Initiative Grants Program — Academic Technology


Academic Technology grants provide up to $7,500 in support of group initiatives to strengthen teaching and to advance faculty research. Because academic departments (or colleges, where no departments exist) exercise primary responsibility for supporting the faculty use of technology in both teaching and research, this program is designed to help departments fulfill that responsibility by offering a supplementary source of funds explicitly directed to enhancing technology support. Generally no more than ten awards will be made annually. Any department of program can receive only one technology initiative in the same year.

Proposals that focus on furthering the goals of the university's strategic plan as related to technology are given preference. To support the evolution of an online curricular continuum, from distance learning to podcasting of instructional materials, faculty members will require specialized software and multi-media equipment. Faculty may also require research software that is related to their specific discipline. While the university provides quantitative software for data analysis such as SPSS, it does not provide software for qualitative research.


All departments, colleges and schools may submit an application. Grant recipients who have overspent their grants will not be eligible until the overage is resolved. Submission of preliminary applications two weeks in advance is required.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted in the Fall and Winter with deadlines of October 15th and March 15th, respectively. Late applications cannot be accepted.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the following online through Campus Connect (click on "Grant Proposals" in the "Faculty Center" section) by the appropriate deadline:

  • Project title
  • Abstract (not more than 15 lines long) — The abstract should describe the project clearly and completely in non-technical terms. All grants must be driven by the need for technology to enhance curriculum/instruction or to enhance the faculty research process. In general, a proposal must include a rationale for the use of technology, including a statement of the pedagogical or research problem and a discussion of how technology will alleviate that problem.
  • Work plan and timeline — The work plan and timeline should be thorough, realistice, and feasible. Further, the specific outcomes for the project should be articulated.
  • Budget narrative — The budget should clearly justify all requested expenses and provide sources for estimated costs. Note: research participant pay is limited to $10/hour. Further, wages for requested personnel should account for fringe benefits at a rate of 10%.
  • Budget form — The budget form should account for each item of expense discussed in the budget narrative.
  • Tentative syllabus

Applicants will also be asked to attach the following to their application:

  • Narrative (not more than five double-spaced pages in 11-point font) — The narrative should describe the project in clear, non-technical language. The narrative should also present a compelling argument in favor of the project which will include a clear description of the project's goals and objectives. Further, the narrative should explain the relationship between the project and the applicant's teaching, research and/or service interests.
  • Current CV
  • Endorsement letter

Expectations and Requirements of Recipients

Grant recipients should keep the following in mind:

  • Grant funds are made available to the faculty member only upon completion of budget manager training.
  • All spending must comply with the Council's guidelines regarding eligible and ineligible expenses.
  • Funding is for 18 months after the grant is approved.
  • The council expects projects to be completed in a timely manner and will not fund projects beyond three years.
  • A final report must be submitted within 30 days of the grant's expiration. Failure to submit the final report will result in the faculty member being ineligible for future funding from the councils. This report should delineate the activities conducted during the grant, describe the achievement of the project outcomes as outlined in the proposal, and list financial expenditures (include copies of all invoices over $100).